Dear Theo, I have been out of teaching for 11 years whilst raising my family. I am an English teacher with 6 years teaching experience and spent 3 years as KS3 Coordinator and 2nd in Dept. At the moment I am doing day to day supply as a way of getting back into the classroom. However I currently do not have an education professional reference, so have secured a place on an OU Teach Again refreshers course which will give me my reference. This will be completed by July 2012. My question is, having recently applied for a temporary English teaching post, for which my specialist literacy experience seemed ideally matched, and not even managed to get shortlisted, despite including an executive summary, should I wait until I have completed the OU course and have a education reference before applying for any more teaching posts? There is another temporary English teacher position I could apply for, but I don't want to be rejected again, and then have the schools know me as a "reject". Or should I just apply for everything I am qualified to do, and accept it is the job market not my lack of a reference that is the problem. Thanks.