Dear all, I am currently signed off with reactive anxiety due to a number of problems at my current work place. I'm also pregnant so my OH report has advised that I do not return to work until a stress risk assessment has been done to preserve my health and that of my baby. This is in progress. I am due to leave my current post at Christmas. As I will no longer be getting maternity pay from work, I have had to look for supply work. I have three informal interviews through a supply agency next week for a one-time cover which will take me up to a month before my due date. The position is a step down for me as I am currently a HoD. My head knows about this and has authorised for me to go to them whilst I am signed off. I have a doctor's note explaining that I am fit to attend an interview as the anxiety I have is reactionary to my workplace. I am concerned that the heads of the schools I visit will want to know why I am currently not in work and why I am absent from work. I really need to secure a post and feel ready for the challenge of a new school - I do feel a new position would help me rebuild my confidence after a draining 18 months. How can I respond to this question if it comes up, without sounding unprofessional or bitter? I am worried they will think that I am flaky and not worth employing. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. You have been very helpful through this whole journey and I hope to have a resolution soon!