I gave up teaching on the brth of my DD 5 years ago. I had no problem with the school I was at nor they with me. I now want to do some examining and contacted them for a reference as they were my last employer. They have told me that they can't as everyone in my department has left since I did and so has the headteacher.
What do I do? I would now have to go back beyond my last employer, well over ten years, to get a reference. I know one who would as we're still in contact and friendly but I feel just plain silly contacting someone out of the blue after such a long time.
They cannot refuse a reference. A reference is not though a massive statement on what it was like to work with u. That's a character ref. different entirely these days and getting rarer. They have to confirm dates u worked there and basics of employment terms, that's all. That should be perfectly accessible on a computer. If u need a character ref u need to find someone willing.