You're not always required to give a reference
You only have to give a reference if there's a written agreement with the headteacher to do so.
If you do give a reference, it must be fair and accurate.
Find out more about the rights surrounding references here.
The chair should provide the headteacher's reference
As the chair works closely with the headteacher, they'd be best placed to comment on the headteacher's employment at the school.
This was explained to us by our associate education expert Fred Birkett and the Department for Education (DfE).
Respond to any questions about capability
Maintained schools must share details about capability procedures that have occurred in the past 2 years if prospective employers request this information.
This information must contain:
- Why there was a capability procedure
- The duration of the proceedings
- What the outcome was
If you're an academy, check your funding agreement to see