For the last two years I have contacted every school within a 90 min travel radius and the only ones who reply to me are the ones on the very end of that. I also keep being messed around. Where I live, the schools are under an umbrella and so therefore all DBS enquiries go through the umbrella company. Over the last two years they have seemed to change their story everytime I ring up. First of all, go back to 2 and a half years ago...they wouldn't let me send a DBS form off until a school allowed me to volunteer. So I found one and then set up a meeting only to be told that for them to send off the form, I would need 2 references. The city I lived in during uni never once asked for references. They then told me that one of the references needed to come from a school setting in which I have worked (I couldn't ask for this as the school only allows the teacher the volunteer works with to write a reference. The teacher I worked with was on a secondment). I told them this and they said I could use a uni one. Anyway long story short, I somehow managed to get them to "send it" while waiting for my reference to get back to me. I waited 7 weeks and phoned them only to be told that they hadn't sent it due to lack of evidence of identity, despite them saying I had enough documents. In the same phone call, I got really annoyed and they then said "oh yes, you do have enough, it's just been put through". They never once phoned me during those seven weeks to tell me I apparently didn't have sufficient evidence. So i got into a school (without references) however by this point it was the last two weeks of term. Some things happened in my life so I didn't return in September. Fast forward to now and I need a new DBS and they are telling me that in order to have one I need to have worked/volunteered for a minimum of 3 months in a school during the last 18 months (because they need that for one of the references) which is ridiculous. I can't get a dbs because I don't have references from a school and this is because I can't get a dbs in the first place. They are also saying that the evidence I have is not sufficent yet when I contact the schools in the city my uni was in, they say that the evidence is fine. It seems like they are making it up as they go along. So at the moment I am trying to get a school placement but not hearing anything back apart from one school who asked that I have at least a months experience in a secondary school. I'd like to add that I don't find it difficult to get primary experience, however I'd rather not do a pgce at all than do Primary. Has anyone else had this trouble?