Hope this works as I am posting from my iPhone on holiday. Had a phone call from the school I start work at in September chasing up my references - they had asked for three and only one had replied. I signed the contract back in the spring term so had no idea that this was an issue. I have sent my now ex HOD a Facebook message but I have no way of contacting the headteacher. What can I do to ensure that the references are in place by September? And is it normal for contracts to be signed prior to references being checked? I can't put my hands on that contract as I am on holiday, but while the offer letter said 'subject to references' I am pretty sure the contract didn't mention references and I assumed that receiving the contract meant that the references had been done.