Arranging your references

Choosing your referees

You'll need to supply contact details for 2 referees with your application form. This is a compulsory part of the application process and you will not be able to submit your application without them. 

Choose referees who’ll endorse your:

  • teaching passion and potential
  • suitability to work with children
  • academic abilities
  • reliability and professionalism

Suitable referees include:

  • your current line manager at work
  • previous employers
  • a teacher at a school where you work or volunteer
  • your university tutor or supervisor
  • a supplier or client you’ve worked with (if you’re self-employed)

Referees should not be family members, partners or friends. Training providers will only accept character references if there’s also an academic or professional reference. 

If you're applying for a School Direct (salaried) course, one of your references must be from an employer.

If you're struggling to find suitable referees, you can:

  • contact one of your chosen training providers for advice
  • register with us for support with your teacher training application