So I go into week 1 of AWR, and the school wants to negotiate with my agency about their daily fee as my wage cost has increased substantially. The agency proceeds to use me as a bargaining counter and offers them reduced agency fees to secure a sole agency deal with the school. I would have known nothing of this but for my positive working relationship with the school's Cover Manager, who is now very displeased with the agency about being held to ransom. In the end the school has calculated that it would be cheaper to pay an introduction fee to the agency and switch me to a scale-paid LEA supply contract for the rest of the year than it would be to keep me on as an agency supply teacher on AWR. So I'm now back on the LEA payroll and can pay into TPA again until July, which suits me fine. However, the Cover Manager is now thoroughly p*ssed off with the agency and will probably stop using them at the earliest opportunity, so my fellow Supply Teachers will lose out in the long term. Additionally I no longer trust the agency because this sole agency deal could have gone wrong and I would have lost work, so I'm now considering approaching the school direct about future supply work. End result? Short term gain for the agency, but long term loss of business, and I no longer trust them. Nice one agency.