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Hi

 

I have been asked to write a reference for someone I work with to support her applictaion for a course. Please could you advise me on what sort of things you include in your references? Do you wirte under certain headings? How much do you normally write?

 

I have never written one before and don't want to let her down!!

 

Elfy

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I think it is really difficult to do a reference without having the criteria you need to consider. I'm sure there's a post on here somewhere about references - someone with technical expertise will come along and point you in the right direction!

 

I have just been asked to provide a 'blanket' reference for a member of staff who left at the end of last term, but I've written back and asked for performance critiera - unless you know what issues are important to the new employer, how can you provide a useful reference?

 

So my advice would be to find out more about the kind of information they require about the candidate....

 

Maz

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I would write something like

 

'x has worked with me in my classroom for y years. She has been supportive and interested, responding well to the children and they to her. She has always been interested in a and would be a good student.'

 

 

I would say everything I knew about this person and her interest in the course.

 

Good luck.

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I would mention their rapport with children and adults. Professionalism. Willingness to learn and be involved in professional development. Past performance and how you would judge their performance as a practitioner. promptness, appearance, reliability. OOh I don't know, the head normally does the references but I have done lots for NQT's and students I have mentored but I agree it is easier if you have some idea of what the reference is for and what they are looking for specifically.

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Elfy , I am sure whatever you write will be wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and it is quite weird to read a post written with me in mind by another.

 

Seriously as to what they want from the reference. I do not know, it just asks for 2 to be taken on induction evening.

 

Thanks in adavnce

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Elfy , I am sure whatever you write will be wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and it is quite weird to read a post written with me in mind by another.

 

Seriously as to what they want from the reference. I do not know, it just asks for 2 to be taken on induction evening.

 

Thanks in adavnce

What course is this for Phil?

 

Maz

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You can include in the reference that Phil is computer / internet literate. :o

...and obviously committed to continuous professional development and sharing good practice!

 

Enjoy your course Phil!

 

Maz

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