Dear Theo, I am seeking some much needed advice. Firstly let me give you a brief history. I completed my PGCE in 2003 whilst pregnant. When my child was young (2005-2006) I worked at my final placement school on supply on an ad-hoc basis so it did not count towards my NQT year. I then had my second child and due to many complications I was not able to return to work. These issues have now been resolved and I feel that I am now in a position to give my full commitment and vigour to my NQT year. I have recently completed 2 terms voluntary work in a primary school to bring my skills and knowledge up to date and give me the confidence to apply for a permanent position. Just to complicate things further I have recently relocated so I have no previous history with any local schools. So my questions are: 1. Should I still put down my PGCE tutor as a referee? 2. During my time working (2005-2006) at my previous school (also my final placement school) the Headteacher changed 3 times and I am am not known by the current Headteacher and one of the other Headteachers retired. Should I hunt down the other Headteacher for a reference in a hope that he remembers me? 3. Should I use the teaching agency as a reference? (I have spoken to them and they said that all that they would be able to put in a reference is the number of days I worked for them) 4. I arranged my recent voluntary work with a Deputy Headteacher who was my mentor during my final placement so she would make a great referee as she really knows me as a teacher but as she is not a Headteacher would she make a suitable referee? 5. Do you think I should do some more voluntary work in a local school until I get a job offer or would I be better doing some supply? (The LEA are willing to extend the 16 month rule for a further 12 months due to my circumstances) Any guidance will be appreciated!