Can my request for a reference be refused?

(31 Posts)
LaTrucha Sat 17-Nov-12 22:22:56

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.

LaCiccolina Sat 01-Dec-12 17:31:34

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.

LaTrucha Sat 01-Dec-12 18:21:31

That's interesting LaCiccolina. I think the LA would be able to do that for me as, yes, fabulousathome they still hold my pension.

Thanks fo rall your help. I think I can see a way through it now.

BranchingOut Mon 03-Dec-12 09:34:15

Would you be able to update me if you get anywhere with this?
Thanks.

LaTrucha Mon 03-Dec-12 09:36:50

I will. I'm being very lazy about it as we've all got horrible colds. I'll try to use you to galvanise me!

LaTrucha Mon 10-Dec-12 16:06:22

I have emailed my LEA and the message has been passed to the appropriate person but I haven't yet heard anything. I will let you know.

LaTrucha Thu 20-Dec-12 13:14:30

Yup. Contacting the HR department of the LEA is the answer. No trouble at all.

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