I've resigned from my HOD job because my school, and the HT in particular, have been very unsupportive and unprofessional. I won't go into detail, but I'm sure I can't trust the head to give me a decent reference (even though I've done nothing wrong) Since I put my resignation on his desk 3 weeks ago, (sadly he wasn't in at the time) he hasn't spoken to me at all, (despite seeing me in corridors!) and in fact, my job was advertised 4 days <u>before</u> a one line letter of acknowledgment appeared in my pigeon hole! Can someone advise please; do schools and supply agencies always automatically contact the HT for references? I've obviously <u>not</u> put his name on job applications as a referee, and instead I have other colleagues including the assistant principal, who will vouch for me. Any suggestions or comments gratefully received!