I haven't taught in a school for a while, but have been on the two major tutoring sites for over a decade, and taught many private students. A parent recently bought my details and their son is coming for a trial lesson tomorrow. She texted me this evening and said the tutor site has said they should check my references and DBS so is it OK to do that tomorrow. I said I will have a look in the morning. No one has asked me this before, and I thought the tutor sites dealt with this for us. For example I asked two parents to provide references recently and they liaised with the site, who now say on the site that I am verified. I don't have an actual reference to show. They saw it. Although I don't work in a school, I did have a DBS recently, through a voluntary organisation I worked for. This has now run out, and you can see that on the site. But I understand that it is not compulsory to have a DBS if you are only doing an hour a week with a student. This is GCSE level. So what will they be expecting me to show them? I probably have my degree certiicates somewhere. I think it would be strange for me to actually have a reference. This would normally just be a name to contact, but I don't feel comfortable letting individual parents contact my references who have kindly given glowing reports to the site, already. It's a bit late and this student is coming tomorrow moring, but any help appreciated.