I'm hoping for some advice about a situation I have found myself in. I recently applied for a position in another school for a promotion and everything was looking positive from the informal visit and the application. They requested my references and then did not get called for interview. I enquired about my reference from my current employer with the school I had applied to as I know that my current employer has a bit of a reputation and habit of supplying negative references for people they don't want to leave. I fully expected to be told the reference was either bland or not very positive. The response I got was that my current employer had not sent a reference at all. I guess my question is, where do I stand with this? If my current employer is going to refuse/fail to provide a reference for any job I apply for then I'm clearly going to have questions raised about my application every time. I have asked the headteacher if there was a reason for not supplying a reference for me but am yet to hear back. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I really never thought this would be an issue and have no idea how to deal with this scenario.