Hi, I am fairly new to this forum, although I have used it many times for my interviews. The advice is always very good, so here I am in need of help with my current situation. I have been teaching in my current school for a year and a half as a Second in Science. I have moved to a new area due to my marriage breakdown, so I decided to have a new start for my kids and myself. After few months in my new school I have realised that it will be a rough ride. Students very abusive verbally and physically. Making false allegations against me. I have had oral warnings for very silly things like swearing at students (not true!), for pinching (not true!) and for leaving students unattended (this one has actually some true in it - I sent 4 students ahead of me to the ICT room and they went through a Fire door and head saw them there without the teacher). The Head decided to suspend me just before Christmas! After that I spoke to my Union and they gave an option of early release or going through another disciplinary. I took the first as I was sick and tired of being abused by kids. So now I am facing looking for a job with possibly a bad reference. My question: what are my chances? I have been applying like crazy, but only got one response back and an interview (tomorrow). How bad is it? What possibly could be written on my reference? Can I ask for a copy of my reference? The Head has a history of disciplinary against staff and giving bad references. Can I put a Senior Teacher instead of the Head? I have an excellent reference from my previous school, never has any allegations made against me. I am really worried as I have young children to support and no partner. What should I do, try supply? Thank you for your advice.