Hi, I work at a state selective school and I have a lot of grief from this two-faced bully whom I have to share classes with. This is the 6th year. The SLT that knows about my struggle thinks I am over sensitive and chooses to believe the bully and does not seem supportive to me. This is the last straw. So I saw this job opening a few days ago (deadline in a week or so from now) and really want to go for it. I know bullies are everywhere, but I hope the next one does not share class with me and make my life miserable. One thing I am not too sure is, should I inform my line manager that I am applying for a new job and ask her if she can write reference for me before I send out the application form? Or should I put her name down on the application form anyway and send off the form. Then if I am shortlisted, I tell her about job application. Another question is, when do I hand in the resignation letter, if I am going for a Sep-start job. I want to do the decent thing and do not want to mess anyone around and cause unnecessary trouble/worry. A couple of years ago, I applied for teaching post at another school, but was told by my school that, in order to be able leave by the end of summer term, I have to resign before Feb half term holiday. Is this a common practice? Today I read on TES community (forum) that the deadline is 31th May in order to leave on 31 Aug. I cannot see any information on notice period on appointment letter. Thank you.