Ok, I'll try to keep this brief but there's a lot to say and think about so we'll see! I'm a NQT who qualified in 2010 with a 3 year BA Hons degree in primary education. Like many other NQTs, I did not secure myself a position for September 2010 when I qualified due to there being between 30-50 applicants for every post. I signed up to do supply work and between Sep 2010 - Feb 2011 worked as a supply teacher all around the county. My agency then secured me a full time position in a school for the remaining half year. The school was a 1 form entry 'satisfactory' school and I really was thrown in at the deep end - I had to pick up the pieces from another NQT who I later discovered was bullied out of the school and I was not granted the 1 term of induction I was owed. I did not have NQT time at any point and often went without PPA as well as my cover supervisor was frequently used throughout the school as a supply teacher when others were off sick. Anyway, despite not being put on induction and missing out on my PPA and NQT time I made the best of the situation and successfully worked to the end of the year. I left on what I thought were good terms with the head and my colleagues and used my earnings to have a well-deserved summer break. In July 2011 I secured a job for a September start - my agency got me the interview and the school bought me out of the agency. I felt like my career was finally starting and that things were finally looking up with regard to teaching. This school was also a satisfactory 1 form entry in a difficult area but I felt that with my previous experience along with being granted my induction rights I would cope. Cope I did, for the first half term. My mentor gave me good feedback from lesson observations and my class settled well and made progress across all areas. To cut a long story short and 1 I've posted about before, my union then advised me and 2 other NQTs in the school to resign before Christmas. This was due to a new head coming in and deciding that if OFSTED were to turn up, the school would be put into special measures and therefore deemed it to be an unsuitable environment for NQTs.The head basically made us feel like we were unable to teach effectively in the school and graded our lessons as inadequate without explaining how to improve or putting any support in place. It was a case of resign or get dismissed through capability proceedings basically. Anyway, I then rang my agency and re-registered to do supply. I wrote to the council to apply for a letter of extension to get past the 16 month rule and was granted the letter. I am now working for 2 agencies again and getting fairly regular supply work. On Monday I registered with a new agency - the biggest and most widely used in the area. The interview was very positive and they said they could practically guarantee me work 5 days a week. They phoned later that afternoon to say they were putting me forward for an interview for a long term placement in a local school after the Feb half term. I had mixed feelings about this, having had bad experiences being put on long term placements by agencies before, but was willing to give it a shot and tried to remain positive. I received a phonecall from said agency today to say that the 2 references they got back from the 2 schools mentioned above were less than positive. I was told that I needed to 'chase' more references and that they would need to be good in order for work with this agency to go ahead. I then got on the phone to my old uni and my current agency to chase references, which will hopefully be sent tomorrow. I can't help but feel GUTTED that I now have 2 poor references from schools where I worked my guts out at. I was not given the support I was entitled to have at the first school and I was bullied out of the second school. And now I feel that my future career prospects have been damaged as a result of this. What gets me the most is that one of the 'problems' with both references is that they imply that I needed lots of support. Firstly I felt very much alone in both schools in terms of support and secondly, NQT's are entitled to have support!? I don't know what else the references said but the agent told me that they are tick boxes, inadequate-outstanding, and both schools ticked inadequates and satisfactories for me. Where do I go from here? All I have ever wanted to be is a primary school teacher, however if this is the harsh reality of teaching, I need to think of another idea. I don't know what else I could do with a degree specific to primary education? I don't even know what else I would want to do. I have experience in nurseries but obviously that's nothing like teaching and the money simply isn't there. I feel like I want to give teaching one more shot, but have I blown that chance with these poor references? I don't know what I want and whether I'm coming or going anymore. My initial agency have got me work in a local school from tomorrow until half term so that is something, but where do I go from here and long term? Does anyone else have any similar experiences?