I am feeling a bit stumped as to what to do re: references. I qualified from a 3 year teaching degree in summer 2010. Since then I have been working as a supply teacher through an agency whilst applying for full time jobs. I secured a post through the agency this time last year in a difficult school for the remainder of the academic year, so I was there for 18 weeks. I also worked in another difficult school via the agency for a term at the start of this year. By 'difficult schools', I mean that both were 1 form entries, in a poor area and most importantly I was not put on NQT induction in either school. I recently applied to work for another agency to maximise work opportunities and put both of the above schools down as references. I was later informed by the new agency that both schools gave back less than glowing references and implied that I'm a teacher who needs 'extra support'. Well considering I'm an NQT I thought I was entitled to support that I didn't get in either of those schools?! The agency told me that if I cannot get 2 decent references from elsewhere then they cannot take me on. I have asked my original agency to send them a reference, which just led to me getting a chat about 'loyalty' and them not sending it off and I've put my uni down for a reference. Uni have also not responded to the reference request and the relevant tutor never seems to be there when I call. My question is, what do I do about references now!? If I apply for teaching jobs independently, who do I put down? I would like to use the 2 schools I have worked at longer term but if both are giving me poor references then would I be guaranteeing that however well I do at interview, they will not employ me?