I have visited a school and made a good impression and really would like the job. No internal candidate and the 31st has passed so I think I stand a good chance of getting this position, until it came to the references part of the application. The local authority want references for the last 5 years and due to circumstances beyond my control I have been in a couple of schools (done nothing wrong I assure you). All of my references are impeccable however this 5 year rule would include an academy who treated me appallingly (no ppa time, reneged on pay, no contract etc) and told me I could have a permanent position then 2 weeks in it turned into temporary. I informed them I would look for another job and they were really awful to me. To cut a long story short I got an interview At another school who then asked about the reference at interview and did not take me on because of it. They did later on and found that I was incredibly professional and hard working. The reference wasn't bad but it didn't say I'd done anything, very blank and they said I didn't tell them I was looking for another position, I did. I managed to leave and get another job and since then the whole department has left that academy and so has the Headteacher, although the new HT would know me. my question is this, is there anyway of explaining this beforehand or do I let them seek the reference first and risk the possibility of losing the job due to lies? any advice would be gratefully received.