I have just had a call from an agency (whose name makes you think of Catholic light bulbs.), for a maternity cover, starting in mid-September. The money offered was £130 - £150 p.d.: not spectacular but better then most. My luck might be changing, I thought. The next bit was not so good. The school was looking for someone who could join it ASAP on a 'non-transactional' basis. I had not heard this one before, and it took me a while to get it out of the 'consultant' that 'non-transactional' meant unpaid. Leaving the door open, I asked her if I could just apply for the matty leave. She would find out, she said.