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Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by friendinthenorth, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Dear Theo,
    I am hoping to move back into teaching after several years abroad, not teaching but working for the FCO. I see from your posts that I am to put my last Headteacher as a reference.The last school I worked at in the UK has amalgamated, the Head has moved and I do not know where to. I am also somewhat sceptical of recieving a considered reference from someonw who I worked with nearly five years ago. My HoD and Curriculum Leader are both retired now so I am unsure as to whether to use them? Should I just do my utmost to contact my previous Head? Advice welcome.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Tip for next time: put "Dear Theo" in the title, as I don't always open every one without this. :)
    You most certainly need (a) a reference from a school, to give details of your teaching, and also (b) a reference from your current or most recent employer in a job involving working with children.
    So you need to hassle around and try to find the Head, Deputy Head, or HoD/Curr Leader.
    But actually your main problem is not finding your referees, it is your lack of current teaching experience. This, you will understand will put you at a disadvantage compared to other applicants, I'm afraid.
    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.
    I shall be doing the Moving into Headship or SLT seminar on Saturday 17th March.

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