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Dear Theo - References

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by salimali15, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. salimali15

    salimali15 New commenter

    Does anyone know if schools generally take up references before or after interviews? Also, are previous Heads able to refuse to give references?
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Q1 They are required (it is Statutory Guidance) to take up references before interview if a maintained school in England and Wales.
    Q2 A former employer is under no legal obligation to provide a reference, unless there was a specific contractual agreement to do so.
    Two other quick points:
    3. You should give as one referee your current or most recent employer in a job involving work with children - this basically means the Head.
    4. If you are doing supply work, try to get a Head to agree to write a reference as those written by supply agencies are usually dire: Mr Griff has been working with us a supply teacher in various schools since September 2010.
    That's it. the lot. All they write, many of them.
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    For the full TES Weekend Workshop programme please visit www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars or contact advice@tes.co.uk for one-to-one sessions.
  3. salimali15

    salimali15 New commenter

    Thanks so much Theo.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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