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References for Application Process

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Lifey, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. So now that I have decided the PGCE route is the best way forward into teaching I am looking into the application process and making sure I meet all the requirements before applications open in September.

    I have the required degree, experience and GCSE grades but I am not sure what to do when it comes to the references.

    From what I've read your first reference should be an academic reference, and if you've graduated within the last 5 years should be a university tutor or lecturer.

    The thing is I graduated 3 years ago and spent very little time with all of my tutors, as every module seemed to have a different leader. I wouldn't be surprised if the tutor who supervised my dissertation and who I spent more time talking to has no idea who I am, I can't even remember his second name. Oh wait, it just popped into my head, but still that took a long time to think about.

    Surely a reference from my Head of Department, who is English, at my current Thai school, where I have been working for a year, would be able to more appropriately comment on my suitability for this course, with the second referee as the teacher I assisted in my voluntary 2 week placement in the UK.

    I just wondered if the requirement for a tutor/lecturer as a referee was a MUST or just a preference, as obviously I want to get the best reference I can and I don't honestly believe that a tutor I saw once a week for 2 months back in 2008/9 can do that.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. So now that I have decided the PGCE route is the best way forward into teaching I am looking into the application process and making sure I meet all the requirements before applications open in September.

    I have the required degree, experience and GCSE grades but I am not sure what to do when it comes to the references.

    From what I've read your first reference should be an academic reference, and if you've graduated within the last 5 years should be a university tutor or lecturer.

    The thing is I graduated 3 years ago and spent very little time with all of my tutors, as every module seemed to have a different leader. I wouldn't be surprised if the tutor who supervised my dissertation and who I spent more time talking to has no idea who I am, I can't even remember his second name. Oh wait, it just popped into my head, but still that took a long time to think about.

    Surely a reference from my Head of Department, who is English, at my current Thai school, where I have been working for a year, would be able to more appropriately comment on my suitability for this course, with the second referee as the teacher I assisted in my voluntary 2 week placement in the UK.

    I just wondered if the requirement for a tutor/lecturer as a referee was a MUST or just a preference, as obviously I want to get the best reference I can and I don't honestly believe that a tutor I saw once a week for 2 months back in 2008/9 can do that.

    Any suggestions?
     
  3. Hi,
    The requirement to have a tutor or lecturer as your principal referee is more of a recommendation. If you do not feel that any of your former tutors would be suitable referees I would suggest following the criteria for those who graduated more than 5 years ago (i.e. an employer, training officer or careers adviser).
    As such the Head of Department at the Thai school you are currently working in would certainly be a suitable person to use as your principal referee.
    I hope this information has helped and I wish you the very best with your application.

    Lin Hinnigan, Teaching Agency

     

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