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Exteacher19 · 24/10/2021 20:41

I'm looking at applying for a job as a TA. Background is that I worked as a teacher for 4 years before having some mental health issues coupled with an unsupportive school and ended up signed off through my pregnancy.
I'm currently volunteering at the school I'm applying for (only done two sessions so far though i volunteered before I had my daughter as well a couple of years ago with different headteacher)
I'm just wondering what on earth to do about my references as my last job is unlikely to give me a good reference and it was 6 and a half years ago.

Any advice? I really don't want to look unprofessional.
(Just to clarify the mental health issues were linked to a miscarriage and my family is now complete)

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Bearnecessity · 24/10/2021 21:04

You have to give your last school job as reference it is safeguarding procedure. It doesn't matter how long ago it was they will ask for it anyway. I wouldn't worry about it....staff in schools move on quickly and the new school will bite off your hand to employ you as a TA when you are a qualified teacher.

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Exteacher19 · 24/10/2021 22:55

Thank you! I really hope you're right.

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Bearnecessity · 25/10/2021 08:01

Absolutely, they will be extremely lucky to have you and your skill.

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