Do schools have to provide a reference?
You don't usually have to give a work reference, but if you do write one, it must be fair and accurate.
However, you're required to give a reference if there was a written agreement to do so.
This is explained on the GOV.UK website.
Who can write a reference?
There are no specific rules about this, but it should be someone who knows the individual in question well. They should also be a staff member with appropriate authority.
However, regardless of who writes the reference, you should have all references go through your headteacher, or a nominated member of the senior leadership team (SLT), and have them sign the reference off.
This was explained to us by One Education and the Association of School and