I have been a teacher for over 10 years (oh my - THAT long!). I have always been a good teacher with outstanding features. I have taken on leadership roles for various subjects and areas of the curriculum. I am very strong with SEN and pastoral care for pupils. But, certain relationships between myself and 'leadership' in the school I work in have broken down and seem irretrievable. The situation in the whole school is a 'mess'. It is not a situation unique to me. Other staff have reported their relationships have broken down too with the 'leadership'. I find myself, despite having very positive lesson observations which are ALL good with outstanding features, feeling vulnerable. I feel like things might spiral downwards as I have seen with other staff who are no longer working at the school. So I am looking for alternatives. I have told my head teacher that I am looking for other jobs and 'asked' if i could give them as a reference which is fine (unless/until things hit the downwards spiral) and I get another job or supply. My problem is that I am seriously considering handing my notice in by 31st October but have not yet secured a job as I do not want to go from the frying pan to the fire. An option I am considering is supply teaching to give me time to get my head together. BUT then who or where will i get my references from? So I guess my questions are: 1 - could supply be a sensible solution to getting some space? 2 - if I were make a conscious choice to do supply how/who/where would I get references from when I decide to get a more permanent position? I just feel so confused (and scared that if I stay much longer then I could become another scape goat) and want to continue doing the job I love, and the job I know I'm good at! Thank you for any advice or information.