This is my first ever post here, after being a keen reader for the last decade. My dilemma is this: (apologies for its lengthiness, but I have a lot to get off my chest). I worked in a special school for almost 10 years, specialising in teaching SEBD students my specialist subject (which I wont identify due to my compromise agreement). After working under a grand total of 6 headteachers, 8 line managers, and essentially running my department alone for 8 years, my exceptional head-teacher retired, and was replaced by an inexperienced individual who took an immediate dislike to me. Two years prior to this head taking up their position, I was forced to take 15 days sick-leave, due to a confluence of hellish occurrences all happening within a short period of time (Bereavement of a close relative, another close relative whom I was a carer for succumbing to severe dementia, the loss of a child and my marriage breaking down...all within a month). After successful therapy, I continued to work with the passion that had lead my students to obtain excellent grades and felt very secure in my abilities as a teacher. However, once this new head started, it was immediately apparent that I was now persona non grata. Lessons that were previously rated Outstanding by Ofsted and the previous management teams were now classed as inadequate, and no written feedback was ever forthcoming. My CPD data was "lost" by my line manager, and the data I myself was in possession of was not accepted by the management...and when I queried this, I was placed on a "Informal Support Plan"...which contained a series of massively untrue statements that pretty much summed it up as a Capability and Competence" disciplinary. I was then sent to occupational health, where the professional I met with expressed puzzlement that I had been sent to see her, as my sickness record had not triggered a necessity for such a meeting, and this was communicated as such in the letter OH sent to my head. I was then sent to another OH meeting...at which point the nurse who I saw gave me a document that I had previously not been privy to, in which my head teacher had made a mass of wildly untrue allegations, accusing me of being a "danger to staff and students", and being "on the edge". Once again, the OH nurse wrote to the head stating that I was completely fine, other than being stressed due to the treatment I was receiving at work. At this point I went to my union and GP, and was signed off sick for "work stress". My OH nurse suggested I be referred for a psych evaluation from the LA's chief Psychiatrist (essentially to prove once and for all that the head was lying), which I attended, and was given a clean bill of health. His letter actually stated that my only issue was the treatment I had been receiving from my head. My union requested my PM data, which was never forthcoming...and after the libellous statements made about me by the head it was clear that I could no longer work in the same school (My head was always conveniently indisposed when meetings were arranged with my union rep, and would send an underling in their place). Eventually, I agreed to a settlement, which included a cash lump sum and an agreed reference...However, since I have applied for new positions I have discovered that the head has been ignoring all correspondence requesting a reference for me. I have contacted my union, but I so far am not getting any response. Does anyone have any advice? As I am exceptionally anxious about this and having trouble sleeping.