Please can someone tell me that I'm not the only person having problems with this. I am a Catholic and would like to work in a Catholic/CoE school. As you might know, these posts ask for a faith reference, and sometimes this is optional. Sometimes it is in the Essential Criteria, and sometimes it is Desirable. I didn't attend Church during my teen years due to a lapse in faith, but started believing again at 18 and I started attending Church again late last year. Have been going for 7 months, every Sunday, although I'm not involved in any events and am not able to help out. I approached the vicar and asked for a faith reference, but she didn't seem to know what this was. I explained, and she asked me a bit about myself, and said she would be able to provide me with a reference based on our conversation, but obviously she didn't know me so it couldn't be more than that. I was satisfied with this and thought that schools merely wanted proof of your faith, ie. that you go to Church. Well at my last interview, this reference was brought up to me in my feedback. The Head said that I talked about how religious I was and that I've done the Catholic Certificate etc, but that they weren't impressed with my faith reference. She said it had nothing positive in it and the vicar "didn't seem to know you", so it wasn't good enough and they were basically questioning my actual faith. She suggested that I don't use this reference anymore. Now I'm really confused. I did not realise schools expected this level of committment and I don't understand how they can expect every religious person to be known and friendly to the vicar, especially in a big church like mine. I though they merely wanted proof that you attended Church? Maybe this school did just want someone who was heavily involved in their church, but hopefully not all schools expect that? Otherwise I feel pretty hopeless because it's a big ask in modern society, I feel... :/ Has anyone else had an experience like this?