Just before the half-term, I was called to a meeting with the Inclusion Manager (I'm a SENCo in a private school) and a governor to discuss my 'continued employment'. It was completely out of the blue - no capability,no competency and no absence issues - but even so I had a fair idea what was coming. I took a union rep to the meeting and was told that, as is their right, they were terminating my employment (under the 2 year rule) but didn't feel that it would be remotely helpful to anybody to discuss why they were making this decision. They were giving me 2 months notice and my last day will be April 12th (our last day of Spring Term). They said that they would give me a good reference (gee thanks) but if asked, they would refuse to divulge why they were firing me. The rep and I decided then that I would resign instead to protect my references. I'm jobhunting now but have only been given 2 days paid leave for interviews, anything more than that and I lose a day's pay. I'm already losing my salary for the whole of the Easter holidays, presuming I can get a post starting Summer term but those jobs are few and far between now as the Feb resignation date looms large. Even if I temp, that's half-term and the summer hols without pay. I went for an interview yesterday but didn't get it so that's one of my days gone already. My husband earns 25k a year, we have 3 kids a loan, rent, a half-paid summer holiday. I'm beside myself with worry and spend most of my day crying. I want to say to hell with it and go sick for the remainder of my notice period (at least then I could go to interviews) but I still need a good reference and can't afford to have high sickness absence plus I genuinely worry about the boys I look after. I'm not sure anyone can help but I just needed to let it out - I can't verbalise any of this at home, the situation is bleak enough and I need to be positive for my family's sake.