I took early retirement this Summer and signed up with a supply agency as I would like to keep in touch with teaching and for a bit of extra income. I am so lucky that, financially, I do not have to work and can manage fine on my teacher's pension, so I do sympathise greatly with those who rely on supply as their main income. When I had my 'interview' with the agency the consultant explained that she had a teaching degree but had not worked in a school since qualifying as she 'wants a life!' After kicking off her shoes and telling me about how she hated a failed teaching practice, we got to the nitty gritty. Will you do long term? - No thanks, I have holidays booked so I can't commit to long term placements. Will you do SEN schools - I'm not really qualified to work in SEN settings, although I have plenty of experience with individual children. Ok - you're rate should be £120 per day. Sign up to our app and check each day. Put your availability on the calendar app. Done..... This week I have been 'offered' : -a 1hr 30 min role as a midday supervisor in a school 20 miles away -a day in an ASD unit -an afternoon in a local independent school as a Nursery 'room support' assistant for £25 Is this because I'm new to supply? Are they testing me? Have other teachers been offered such roles?