Hi, I have a problem with my referees that I'm not sure how to solve. I'm an NQT, qualified last year, working as a supply teacher currently looking for a permanent position. I looked for permanent work last year and put down my Uni and final placement mentor as my references. My problem is that on at least one occasion last year I was turned down for employment based on my referee. The head was very nice about it and said that it wasn't that it was a negative reference but it was incomplete and virtually unreadable and it had put her off employing me even though she felt my lesson was very good. There was also a hint that another school had had a problem with my reference too but they weren't quite as honest about it. Obviously this time I'm keen to avoid this problem so I was going to put my mentor from my first placement down as a referee this time. However, I can't get hold of him to ask if it's ok and I don't think it'd be right to put him as a reference without his permission. And anyway it may look bad that my only teaching reference would be from over a year ago at the beginning of my course. So, in a nutshell what do I do. Risk putting my second placement mentor down again? Or put my first mentor down without informing him, which I know is bad form (and may affect a had teacher's decision to employ me as it was so long ago)? My supply agency has said that they don't give references so I think that option is out too. Aaaanyhoo, I'm very confused. Any help would be much appreciated. Natalie.