Hi I am on maternity leave and have been since last October. My school appointed a new head in January. We had an acting head (the current deputy) from September - December. I have never 'worked' for the new head and have only met her twice so she can't write my reference as she knows nothing about me really. So do I still put her name down but explain in a covering letter the above and that the deputy (who was acting head) will be writing the reference? The deputy says she will have to write the reference (she is happy to do this)and that I can put her name down as the first referee, but I don't think I can as she is not my employer. I'm sure I was told I had to put the head's name down (which I am happy to do). I hope my ramble makes sense! Thank you.