Ready reference

11th March 2005 at 00:00
Q. When a head is asked for a reference, is it a set format? Is it treated as gospel? How long do you need to have known a head before they can act as a referee?

A. Some schools send a list of points the referee should cover and others just ask for a reference. How heads and governing bodies treat references depends on how much store they set by the judgement of others. Candidates tend to pick supportive referees. You should always put your present employer down as a referee, even if you have only just started. If you choose not to, explain why.

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