Dear Theo, I'm currently volunteering at a local primary, two mornings a week, but with the intention of applying for teaching jobs in the future. Unfortunately I didn't manage to secure anything for this September, and I've only been at this school since mid-October. I don't want a permanent role here (jobs don't come up that often anyway) but I would like to use them for a reference. My questions are: 1. Would I have to ask the Head to be a referee, even though he's only seen me around the school a couple of times? I applied to volunteer through the school's business manager, and didn't enquire about a future reference at the time (thought it might seem cheeky!) 2. How long should I be volunteering before asking them for a reference? Does it matter if the teacher whose class I'm with isn't in a leadership role? I would appreciate any advice you can give. Thank you.