Dear Theo, I have been informally offered a job at a school through an ex-colleague (I used to work with them and they have since joined a new school and contacted me to offer me this position.) They invited me in this week and I met the Headteacher and discussed the job. They have explained that they cannot formally offer me the job yet as they have to go through a certain procedure, so I will have to submit an application form and take part in an informal interview. I have a few questions that I would be grateful if you could answer: 1) Is this common for a school to informally offer a job and go through formal procedures later? 2) Should I fill out the application form as I would any other job and include an ES etc? They know me quite well so I'm not sure if this is necessary. 3) Could I put the ex-colleague as one of my references, even though I'm technically giving my application to them to consider? (They were my HoD at my previous school.) 4) In between working with this colleague and looking at this job, I had another job which I left for personal reasons. Do I legally have to put this Headteacher down as a reference? I only knew them for a term so they wouldn't be the best reference but I think I read somewhere that you have to put down your last Headteacher for safeguarding reasons. Is this still the case? Thanks.