Since the second week back this academic year, I have been signed off work with work related stress (I live and breathe teaching which means working non stop if not physically but mentally never able to switch off or sleep for more than a few hours- I think moving year group didn’t help from eyfs to ks2. Also a new headteacher who is driving the school at the result of many teachers not coping and hating their jobs, little support- the list could go on!) and dread to think about returning to teaching at the moment. I have taught at my school for over two years now and have previously had an excellent attendance and worried that I will not get a reference I feel I deserve, as I have always been told by previous headteacher and noted by this one that I am excellent and go above and beyond for the job. I have told the headteacher I will be resigning to leave at Christmas but want to secure my pay progression ( to help with if I decide to try supply or go back to teaching at a later time) as I have met my targets and also get a good reference that I deserve. Basically, how can I ensure I will get my performance management and pay progression and also that I have a decent, true reference?