I left my last full-time (non teaching) job over 4 years ago and moved abroad. I am currently still there. In that 4 years, I have gained a number of qualifications (by distance learning with some attendance at workshops in the UK), done a few short (a week here or there) freelance 'consultant' type jobs involving training and presenting and some TEFL, none of it full-time or prolonged, as my visa doesn't permit work. I have also done some freelance 'teaching related' work over the internet. However, it is fair to say that the majority of my time here has been as a lady of leisure. My last school-based teaching experience was very many years ago and the school no longer exists, the Head from my time died 10 years ago and I have no contact with former colleagues. At the moment, I am doing 'observations' in a local British curriculum school prior to taking up a place on a returners' course at a British University in January which will include some teaching practice. There is a possibility I may be able to get some further up to date teaching experience in one or other local British or American -curriculum school while I am here. Having looked at some of the 'safer recruitment' documentation, I'm just wondering who I give for references! My last employer is a large national company in the UK and I normally give the name of the person who was my boss for 3 years (rather than the final boss I had who was only in post 2 months before I resigned - no relation between that and my resignation!). I also obtained a CELTA in 2007 and the college based in London say it is fine to use the Principal as a reference. I'm fairly sure exhibiting my suntan as proof I wasn't on holiday at Her Majesty's Pleasure won't wash! I was approved as an adopter by a London Borough around 8 years ago and so had a very very thorough check out at that time. I may be able to find the letter stating my acceptance if likely to prove useful. I have a clear CRB check carried out in September this year and I also have a 'police criminal record check' (fingerprints and everything) from my local police station in said hot country carried out last week. I am planning to return as a secondary physics/science teacher (I have a physics PhD). I would be grateful for any recommendations from anyone who might be recruiting as to what may be deemed appropriate references in these circumstances. Would a reference from the university running my teaching course next semester be sufficient? What 'proofs' of my life abroad would you be looking for?