I have been out of the classroom for many years but feel drawn to this post which would give me some extra part time hours and a chance to speak to a few more adults. So I'm doing the application, but just want to check I'm on the right lines and am in with at least a slim chance. I am a qualified secondary teacher, but as I say, it was a while ago. I am contacting the school to see if someone can provide a referee as I assume this would help, even though so long ago. I'm also aiming to give a referee from my GCSE exam marking, which I do each year. I'm hoping this will help prove I can work as part of a team and have admin skills too. I also do private tutoring, but I think the earlier referee ideas might carry more weight than parents or older tutees? I've read on here that a lot of teachers returning to work after a long break don't have much of a chance unless they get some recent supply experience, but is that different for adult education? I feel in this job my life and people skills may count a bit more, as will an ability to be fairly resourceful and proactive. There also seems to be a standard hourly rate, so I think the usual things about places wanting younger applicants so they can pay them less may not apply. I'd be grateful for any thoughts or suggestions. I posted a more specific referee question on the job seekers section but have had no replies maybe because this is a bit of a different category.