Dear James, I graduated with a PGCE in June and started a part-time maternity cover job with Year 5. Unfortunately it turned into a disaster - I struggled with behaviour management, felt really unsupported and bullied by my induction tutor, and eventually resigned due to my voice giving out and because I simply couldn't bear the fighting and misery any longer. I have now applied for a job at a supply agency where I thought I might be able to try out different BM strategies from scratch with different classes, and different schools. Unfortunately the agency has just told me that my reference from the school is not good enough for them to take me on. They are willing to give me a couple of chances, and see if I get good feedback. Can you advise me what I might do to improve my chances of succeeding - any additional training/observation/trial supply situations? At what stage should I just decide I don't have what it takes? I am tempted to apply for TA jobs and possibly try to rebuild confidence and BM skills from there. Any suggestions welcome.