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Dear Theo, Question regarding references.

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by thegirlwho, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. Hi Theo (and anyone else who can help!).



    I'm a PGCE student, due to start my second placement after easter.



    At the moment, when I am filling in job application forms, I am using my course leader, and the head of my first placement school for my references.



    Now that I have started at my new school, should I change the reference to them?



    If I should, which I suspect is the case, then who should I name as a reference?



    The problem I have is that the school is enormous, a primary with over 600 children. As a result, the head doesn't get involved with the students in school, and I havent even seen her yet! (I've been there 2 weeks to observe). Should I name either my head of year, or my official mentor? Would this look suspicious? Should I instead be going to introduce myself to the head and asking to name her as my reference? I understand she wouldn't be the one writing it of course, but as far as I have been told, it is best practice to name the headteacher.



    Thanks for all your help!
     
  2. Hi Theo (and anyone else who can help!).



    I'm a PGCE student, due to start my second placement after easter.



    At the moment, when I am filling in job application forms, I am using my course leader, and the head of my first placement school for my references.



    Now that I have started at my new school, should I change the reference to them?



    If I should, which I suspect is the case, then who should I name as a reference?



    The problem I have is that the school is enormous, a primary with over 600 children. As a result, the head doesn't get involved with the students in school, and I havent even seen her yet! (I've been there 2 weeks to observe). Should I name either my head of year, or my official mentor? Would this look suspicious? Should I instead be going to introduce myself to the head and asking to name her as my reference? I understand she wouldn't be the one writing it of course, but as far as I have been told, it is best practice to name the headteacher.



    Thanks for all your help!
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Keep your last placement for the moment, until you have built up some time in the new one. then decide whether to change it.
    It doesn't matter much at your stage, and No, it won't look fishy. The Head is the person when you are actually employed.
    Your mentor is probably best, or the HoY. Doesn't much matter who - whichever you think will do the best by you!
    Have you read the advice in the shortlisting clickables in the Welcome thread? This gives very good advice for writing your reference. If all else fails, there's always the TES services - the Job seminar on May 14th, or booking an individual session with me to discuss your applications. Dear Everyone... I met TheoGriff!
    Do read the Welcome thread for advice that has helped many posters!
    I got shortlisted for interview
    Best of luck
    _____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    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.
    By popular demand! In response to Tessers e-mailing in: another Job Seminar now on Saturday 14th May:
    www.tesweekendworkshop25.eventbrite.com
    The next Moving onto Leadship seminar is Sunday 15th May.
    http://tesweekendworkshop24.eventbrite.com/
    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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