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Dear Theo: A reference question

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by kjmushroom, Mar 5, 2012.

  1. I know you answer a lot of questions on references but I would just like to clarify my position.

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    <font size="2"></font>I qualified in 2010 and went straight to work as a Cover Supervisor and Learning Mentor and I left this job very amicably at Christmas. The head understood completely that I wanted to develop as a teacher and has had me back on supply since. I am currently working as a supply teacher and for the last 4 weeks been teaching my subject at a local comp, I am at this school for a further 2 weeks and possibly until Easter.
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    <font size="2"></font>As a PE teacher I supplement my salary working as a casual sports coach for a very well respected youth organisation, my line manager is very supportive and i know the references he has written in the past have been very complementary.My question is, who do I put down if I only have room to put two of the above down? I am planning to ask the head at my current school if I can put him down (and also possibly asking the deputy head to observe me as part of my personal CPD as I have not had a lesson obervation outside of interviews since my PGCE) but who do I put down as my second reference? I usually put my line manager for my coaching work because of my subject area but I'm worried that a school will find it odd that I havn't put my head from the job I only left at Christmas. I saw on a previous thread that you suggested putting 3 people down - if this is your solution, where do I write that person's details if there is only room for 2?

    Thank you in advance for your advice - i have tried the < p > thing to try and get paras in my post, hope it works!! KJ x
  2. Ok it kind of worked - better than no paras at all!! Sorry for the large gaps, might get the hang of it in the end!!
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    I suggest that you put the two school references down.
    And then in the actual letter have a short paragraph at the end: If you would like to have a third referee, then Mr Griff who is my line manager at All Youth Coaching is very happy to speak in support of my application. His contact details are . . . .
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    I shall be doing the Moving into Headship or SLT seminar on Saturday 17th March.

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