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Dear Theo, have I been supplying too long to have a good referee?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by bluesberry, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. bluesberry

    bluesberry New commenter

    Dear Theo,

    I've started applying to non-teaching posts, but am not sure who to use as a referee. I've been supply teaching for nearly 4 years, and have only done one long-term supply assignment that took place over a summer term. The school I worked at is a bit disorganised and I had to get a reference from a fellow teacher I have kept in touch with because the Head and deputy head were taking too long to reply to a reference request. Other than this school I have no references that can be dated within the past 4 years. Would you recommend using a personal referee or doing some volunteering to get an up-to-date reference?

    Thanks
     
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    You may not have done long-term supply, but have you returned more than once to the same school? Do you know if they ask for you by name - that's a bonus if so, but even without that a school that has employed you several times is somewhere that trusts you.

    So think about it, and approach a Head in one of those schools.

    A personal reference is not really going to do it for you, when there are supply schools.

    Best wishes

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  3. bluesberry

    bluesberry New commenter

    Thanks for your reply, Theo.

    Unfortunately, I don't think I have been back to the same school more than 5 times in the years I have been supplying. In London it feels like you're often invisible in supply teaching. I can think of a few Heads who spoke to me directly and took any kind of notice of me being there, but I don't know when I might see them again, especially as I have been working all around London.

    Is a 4 year old reference too old? Do you have any other suggestions as to what I can do?

    Thank you
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    What work have you done this year? Something, somewhere, surely?

    An up-to-date professional reference (i.e. from a school) is going to be needed. Worst case scenario, it will have to be from your agency . . .

    Best wishes

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  5. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    Are these school based 'non teaching' posts or something entirely different?

    If they are entirely separate maybe there could be an entirely separate referee?
     

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