In addition, the two options on the table for me are. 1) Do informal capability (which could mean failing - but I think I can do it - but if I fail this would affect my future reference... Or would it?) 2) Take a perfect reference and have the next year to find a new job elsewhere. In all honesty, I don't like option 2 because it would mean a whole year would be a race to find somewhere suitable and despite what's happened I do like where I work at the moment. But I do need your advice on this. Please help.