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Dear Theo - Choosing a second referee

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by suzi602, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I'm currently in my second year teaching in the school I did my final PGCE placement at. I am looking for new positions for September and am wondering who to put down as my second referee (obviously my first will be my current head).
    As far as I can see my options are:
    My PGCE university tutor,
    The Head of my first placement school (Haven't been in contact for a long time and was only there for a couple of months)
    or The Deputy at my current school who is my key stage co-ordinator and was my NQT mentor.
    The last option would provide the most personal reference related to my teaching. It would probably be more relevant than that from my current head. Would it look strange to give two referees who I currently work for? It has been two years since I had contact with the other options and even then it was for such a brief period of time that I can't imagine they remember me.
    What do other people think would look best?
    Thanks :)
     
  2. Dear Theo,
    I'm currently in my second year teaching in the school I did my final PGCE placement at. I am looking for new positions for September and am wondering who to put down as my second referee (obviously my first will be my current head).
    As far as I can see my options are:
    My PGCE university tutor,
    The Head of my first placement school (Haven't been in contact for a long time and was only there for a couple of months)
    or The Deputy at my current school who is my key stage co-ordinator and was my NQT mentor.
    The last option would provide the most personal reference related to my teaching. It would probably be more relevant than that from my current head. Would it look strange to give two referees who I currently work for? It has been two years since I had contact with the other options and even then it was for such a brief period of time that I can't imagine they remember me.
    What do other people think would look best?
    Thanks :)
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I'm sure when Theo answers he'll say, of course you can use two references fromthe same school. It makes sense to guve the people who are most current with your current standing.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    People often think that it is wrong to have two from the same school. But where you have been for a little while (so the others may not remember you well), or have developed a great deal professionally (as is your case), then the two from your current school makes a great deal of sense.
    So go for your Deputy.
    Don't forget to read the shortlisting clickables inside the Welcome thread.
    Good luck!
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    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
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