I am in the process of applying for a part time teaching job and I am unsure of who to put down as my 2 references. I left my last full-time job at October half term due to a serious family illness, after starting there in September. The headteacher was understanding and released me early from my contract. I did feel bad about leaving so unexpectedly but it was the right thing to do at the time. I still need an income and this part time teaching job starts in January and is non-class based, so it's ideal for me. However, I will need to contact my last headteacher and ask for a reference. I am planning to do this by email but I'm unsure of what to say. Would it be reasonable to write a short email explaining that it is a part time job and that I would be grateful if I could put their name as a reference? Secondly, I am unsure of who to put as the second reference. I could put my HoD from my previous school but as I was only there a term, I'm not sure if it would be suitable. Before being employed by my last school, I taught at a school before that for several years but unfortunately the Headteacher is now retired and I don't have contact details for her. The current Headteacher knew me for 4 months before I left and we seemed to have a good relationship but it took a very long time for her to respond to the reference request from my previous job, despite me chasing it up several times, so I am reluctant to put her down again. So my questions are: 1) Would it be appropriate to write a short, polite email to my previous headteacher to explain that I am applying for a part time job which would suit my family situation and that I would be grateful if I could put their name as a reference? 2) Should I put down two references from my previous school, even though I was only there for one term? (Headteacher and HoD?) 3) Should I put down the headteacher from the school I worked at before that, even though she only started a short time before I left and there was a delay on the last reference I requested from her? I thought that I could perhaps put the 2 references from the previous school but also include the name of the headteacher from the school before that in the application statement, as that school has a better idea of how I work. I hope that makes sense! Thank you for any advice.