I have been happily teaching for the past 6 years. I have taught in two primary schools: both keys stages (years 2, 3, 4 and 5). I have had the usual rounds of observations and been through two Ofsted inspections and all has been well. Performance good, results good, happy children, happy parents, good relationships with colleagues. Then the head retires. Two changes of head teacher later and I am signing a compromise agreement, albeit with one arm twisted up my back. This was the best option available to me; this was clearly spelt out during two ?off the record? conversations that I had with the headteacher. It was made abundantly clear that if capability proceedings were started I wouldn?t get through it. In a period of three weeks I went from committed teacher to ?failed? teacher. Yes it happened that fast and no I didn?t see it coming and neither did my colleagues. So here I am, with the Christmas and New Year festivities over, weighing up my options now that the ink has dried and I?m officially unemployed. What am I going to do now? I want to teach, I love teaching and so far I have been successful at it. Not just in my opinion either. However, it is clear to me that questions will be asked as to why I left employment at the end of the autumn term with no job to go to (it has been difficult enough trying to explain that to the children, their parents and members of staff). What on earth do I say? It is also clear to me, from reading threads on the Headteacher and the Career Clinic forums, that I am a prime candidate to be viewed with suspicion. There is a more than likely chance that my application will be unceremoniously ?filed?. I understand that people will think that there?s no smoke without fire. Any advice on how I can get my career back on track would be greatly appreciated.