I am tentatively looking for work, trying to pick myself up after a very horrible time. I had a breakdown 7 months ago (after struggling into work for a long time before then, in a school I had happily worked at for years before various changes meant things became unbearable). I was working towards returning when the school contacted me, just before my return date, to tell me that I would be expected to 'present evidence' to governors, and that my contract could be terminated. The school was going into a forced academisation and sweeping cuts were being made (support staff having to reapply for their jobs, hours being cut etc), not a happy place, and lots of staff left. My union rep advised me to accept a settlement, which I did (but have not yet received), I was still pretty unwell, at a very, very low point, and could not have 'fought for' a job which had absolutely broken me (I am still not fully 'myself' again, after 8 months of counselling and CBT) I have been struggling a lot with the emotional/psychological effect of this, and with what to do next- can't imagine not working with kids! And, I need to pay the bills... So, I am looking for part-time roles (hen's teeth...) What I am worried about is the fact my contract ended in the summer term, and not at the end of August, as usual. I know I have an 'agreed reference' but I feel so much like I'm in danger of being 'found out', that it is really obvious that something was not right, and I'm a bit worried about how to explain this gap in my employment. I know I can probably pull it off it face-to-face (what you carefully say-and what you pointedly DON'T say ...) but. I am currently filling in the first school application form, and am stuck at 'Reason for leaving' on the 'current employment' section. Should I just write 'resignation'? I am plagued by anxiety about this!! (Amongst other things!) Thanks for any advice on this. The form is due in by Wednesday!!