I can’t sleep or eat for worry. It’s a long story but basically I’ve been trying to get an agreed reference from my previous head. They did agree to give me a reference and this was negotiated with the union. A draft agreed reference did not materialise for weeks and the union did not seem at all worried. I went to my local MP after six weeks. Their case worker was horrified and phoned my NUT case worker to ask when exactly this matter was going to be chased up. According to the MP caseworker the NUT caseworker was going to give it another week but phoned the headteacher straight away after being pressured and I got my first draft the same day. What alarmed me the most is how many times the NUT caseworker stuck up for the headteacher and defended their actions during their conversation. The reference is literally seven lines and no way took six weeks to think up. The thing is the head urged me not to leave and was upset when I did. The first draft contains a statement that I need to contest as it’s misleading and have evidence of the true situation. Now the MP has been so very helpful and said that the door is still open should I need to go back. I really don’t see why I should go back to them when I’ve paid my subs and want the representation I am entitled to. Has anyone requested a different case worker?