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Dear Theo, Reference

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Ithaka-, Nov 21, 2015.

  1. Ithaka-

    Ithaka- New commenter

    I have signed a contract to start in school A and my last head from school B has not yet sent a reference.
    School A says that without a satisfactory reference from school B, they will withdraw the offer.
    Now, I am doing supply work , for the whole half term, in school C.

    My questions are:
    -Should I chase school B to send the reference and how? I believe that I had an ok relationship with the head but I decided to resign after a couple of "observations" and before I was put in a "plan". I did not ask for an agreed reference.
    -Could I contact school A and tell them I am working in another school and I can provide them with another referee?
    It will probably look bad.
  2. Ithaka-

    Ithaka- New commenter

    Answering my question
    Should I call school B and tell the secretary to kindly remind the head that school A is waiting for my reference?
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Hullo there!

    Yes, do both.

    Nab the school sec - during Assembly is usually a good time if you can phone then, although you may have to e-mail her if you are busy working. Put as the E-mail header I need your help, Susan! (Obviously if she's called Marianne, you change that!) ;)

    Then write to School A saying that you have contacted School A to ask for the reference, but that as you are currently teaching in School C, Ms X has kindly agreed that she would write in support of your application for employment at your school if you should wish her to do so.

    Mind you ask Miss X first!

    Good luck!

    Best wishes


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