I've asked this on a couple of other forum areas but received no reply. As my main work has been private tutoring, for over a decade, I thought the question may resonate with someone here. I left my school teaching post many years ago. I had done my NQT year there and then became Second in Dept. Since then I have been tutoring from home privately and also marking GCSEs each summer. Now I've decided to apply to a local adult community college to boost my hours as the private tutoring is not going so well. But I'm not sure who would be the best referees for this. One key teacher at my school back then has died. Another is not replying to my request, but she does still work there. Then for the exam marking there is the Head of subject, but also perhaps a team leader would be good, to show I have been out of the house, liaising with adult groups. It's further complicated as I taught languages and need to apply on separate forms to teach both languages. I only do exam marking for one language. Would it be appropriate to ask a parent of tutees? There is one quite important, educated and very honest and fair local parent who might help here. I taught his son A Level and now younger son GCSE. If any of you tutors have found your way round this kind of problem, or know what might impress an adult community college, please let me know your thoughts. I almost feel ready to fall at the first hurdle, but on the other hand, with sound subject knowledge plus the people and organisational skills of running my own tutoring, I feel I'd be good for the post, and am anxious not to sell myself short.