Hello, I've been on here before talking about my Bad Experience at a school which I've since left. The Head was a bully to cut a long story short but somehow I completed the second term of induction there. Anyway, I've had a really good term and a bit on supply, received lots of positive feeback (nothing negative whatsoever) and feel altogether feel better about the profession. I've never had a negative reference from anywhere else, ever and I feel ready to move on with my career. Trouble is, the other day I tried to register with a new agency and they approached the school for a reference, despite my asking them not to. The Head still seems to be putting the effort in to writing poor references. I have no idea what she has to gain from it at this stage apart from ruining my career. Needless to say I won't be able to register with this agency. So two questions.... Can I ask agencies/schools not to request references from this school? (Probably not). Can I ask the school not to provide references at all? (Also, probably not). I've sought Union advice and although they were kind and supportive they came across as pretty toothless in terms of being able to do anything. They said that all I could do was ask the school to remove anything that was factually inaccurate. But it's fairly hard to prove that this women was a bully who intimidated most of the staff in to either doing her bidding or leaving asap. (Several did). The only glimmer of hope seems to be that she is due to retire in the summer. Will she leave records in her wake I wonder? The Assistant Head at the school always struck me as a reasonable person and I wonder if after the summer I could just put her down? But then she was also very much in the shadow of the Head. Thoughts and hard truths always welcome.