I would appreciate some advice on asking for references when you have been out of teaching for a year. I took a short career break last summer and I am now thinking of applying for a new post in the autumn. I would need references from the senior leadership team in my old school but I have not had any contact with them since the summer and am unsure how to approach them. Do I need to ask them for permission to write them down as a referee, since I am not longer working there? If so, is sending an email to the office acceptable or should I phone them? Thanks.