I've been teaching for two years at the same school I had a student placement. Over the summer I received a caution for class A possession. Story: On the way into a festival with my girlfriend our car was stopped by the police who asked if we had any drugs in the car. We said yes, I was placed under arrest and given the caution, then let out two hours later. I had 4 ecstasy pills for personal use. I texted an assistant head who told my head, who I then met during the last week of august at school. My room was ready for the chn to arrive. She suspended me with pay pending an investigation, which, she let me know, will take at least three months. My union rep lambasted me for telling my head in the first place, I'm pretty sure it's an offence to not declare something like that but the union rep seems old school. He's spoken with my head since I was suspended and told me the head seems like she knows how the investigation will go and that she doesn't want me back at all. The HR rep for the borough is back this week when the investigation will proceed. I'm concerned that she will choose to fire me for gross misconduct immediately rather than drawing out an investigation. During our meeting last week she described the whole, long process. Since then and upon further discussion with the union rep, it seems like she would rather I disappear quickly. I'm going to start job hunting today (first day of school for most) and declaring it on the way in but I wonder what my prospects are? I've spoken with some agencies who told me they have helped people with my exact charge get supply work and that it depends on the head's discretion. I'm worried about signing up with them however as when I start supplying I'll have to resign from my current position (as I can't have two employers). Just to be clear I'm not comfortable being on paid leave at all, I long to be in a class working. But I also need financial protection and paid leave provides that, for a while. I'm hoping I can find a sympathetic, progressive head to consider my mitigating circumstances, which are these: - It happened in the summer holidays - It was for specific use at a festival - It happened in Wales (I work in London) - It was only myself and my girlfriend, not a big group of 'lads' - It was my first offence, with the police and with the school - It was a small amount of drugs, for personal use, which I admitted on asking - I was completely honest with my head, letting them know before they found out through the next DBS check came around - I've just been approved on a mortgage with that same girlfriend and we're keen to progress our lives in as grown-up was as we can, awful timing for this to happen! I've read articles saying offences in your youth shouldn't affect a career in teaching, but none that explain what to do if it happens during a career. Does anyone else have experience of how an offence has impacted your career prospects? Has anyone employed anyone who has a similar situation to mine? Thanks for reading, hope you all have amazing Septembers. TLDR: Been teaching two years, police caution for class a possession over summer hols, now suspended and looking for work elsewhere, can i get it?!