Further to comments on a previous thread I thought I'd explore this a bit more. I understand the necessity to do this in the UK now but how about overseas? Is it absolutely necessary and expected to put the Head of your current school? I always assumed (wrongly according to some) that your HoD would be fine as a reference from current school. If this is indeed the case, then where does that leave those (who for whatever reason) who feel that they cannot trust them to provide a glowing reference to move on in their careers? Bit of a quandry! Case in point: Was just talking to a colleague who failed to get a ref. on time to join an IB course, solely down to the fact that so called Head, didn't bother to get of their proverbial in time to do it for them! And we all know that there are many more sinister episodes out there. Will it really stand against you if you use your HoD instead of your current Head?