So I've found a job I like and i'm applying for it. It's a HE post with teaching and I think i stand a reasonable chance with it (got the quals and experience for one of the flavours of job description they've posted). I've just been scanning the application form and they want references going back the last 3 years.....trouble is that will also include the school i worked at for a year and had a hellish time at, given how things went I'm not likely to have a shiney reference from them. What I need to know is there anything I can say that will let them know about this that isn't going to sound like an excuse. Generally on application forms I put down the fact that my contract ended as my reason for leaving that school as I was only on a one year contract with them and I can avoid bringing up the horridness of my experience working there. I know the simplest answer is to say the usual of my contract ending in the reason for leaving and then add in something about the fact I tried to fit in etc but I found the pressure of working there counter productive and so I was off with stress. The most annoying aspect of this is the prospect that after getting over my time at that school it could well come and bite me in the backside even now nearly 2 years after leaving there.