I did the same thing exactly two years ago, so my sympathies to you. Try to get on an LEA supply list if such a thing still exists, or sign up with any agency that has the contract to arrange LEA supply. Failing that, go for the bigger nationally-established agencies. If you get paid to scale you'll be very lucky - it's more likely you'll be paid agency rates which are lower. Some agencies are trying to use umbrella companies for pay, which means you may have to manage your tax affairs as a self-employed person. this is a ruse to get round the recent Agency Workers' Regulations that theoretically ensure payment to scale if in the same supply job for more than 12 weeks. If possible, avoid agencies using umbrella companies. Those who don't will manage your tax and national insurance for you, but keep a close record of your hours and earnings, because they make mistakes. My advice to anyone starting out on supply is accept anything and everything that's offered without quibble so you get your face known in as many schools as possible. If it looks like you can hack it they'll remember you and will offer you longer term work. In the first year of supply teaching I worked in 18 schools, in the second year I worked in 3, and one of those was for less than a day. I have managed to maintain the same level of income across both years. You're like the local plumber or builder - you'll get repeat work on recommendation now. You've chosen to be a supply teacher so act like it - always go in dressed smartly, positive, polite, good-humoured, professional, and competent. Don't whinge, grizzle, or indulge in gossip, and ignore all internal politics. Be prepared to be treated like **** by some kids, some agencies and not a few staff - develop a shell and learn to be resourceful, independent and self-contained. Remember that as a supply teacher you are now somewhere below amoeba on the food chain. In fact even the amoebas may not lend you a door key or talk to you at lunch time. If you're relying on a regular income, make alternative provision between 1 July and 30 September inclusive, and don't expect too much in October either. And carry a big bag of spare pencils with you at all times. Good luck.