I am an NQT and am currently working as a supply teacher to help tied me over until I find a permenant job. I am currently signed up to 1 agency and recently tried to sign up to another, but was told they would be unable to use me due to a reference they had received. I felt like I did really well on my PGCE year and this reference could only have come from one place...my second school mentor. She approached me the day BEFORE my final day in school to raise an issue with me regarding one of my classes. Apparently the teacher had discussed with her that I had not been as involved in the lesson as I should have been, which is total rubbish. I made sure I spoke to the teacher every week to discuss the content of the lesson and talk through any potential problems/ordering of materials that might be required. She raved about how brilliant it was that there were 2 pairs of hand in the classroom as it allowed us to do more within the lesson and not once told me she was unhappy with anything I was doing. Obviously this was a complete shock to me as I was all set to finish on a high and my confidence was shattered. I think it was really unfair and inappropriate for her to raise this with me as I literally could not make any attempts to resolve the situation and redeem myself. Due to this now affecting me being able to sign up to an agency and possible jobs I have applied for, is it possible to use my sch 1 mentor as a reference instead? I loved the school and they were really pleased with my work?