I had a call from a principal the other day asking me for a reference for a teacher who had worked at our school for a couple of years. Unfortunately we didn’t have a position available for her this year so she is looking for contracts elsewhere. I am in an admin role this year but had been in the classroom when she taught at our school so unfortunately I wasn’t able to tell this principal much about her actual teaching. I was able to talk about other aspects of her work and her professionalism and teamwork etc but not the sort of details in the areas needed by the principal. Unfortunately the teacher had not put our principal down as a referee and this was commented on as unusual by the lady ringing me. I seemed to be the only school-related person listed. So my message is think carefully about who you list as your referees and make sure you have somebody who knows enough about your teaching to give an informed recommendation. Don’t let something like this cost you a job!