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Choosing the right agency

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by julesrewls, Jun 10, 2018.

  1. julesrewls

    julesrewls New commenter

    Hi all,

    I'm currently a secondary English specialist looking to switch to the primary sector, so am looking to do supply work in primary schools from September to gain some experience in the area.

    I'm new to this whole supply malarkey though and really don't know what I'm doing - all of the agencies that we have in our area are based at least an hour's drive away in three different directions. (We live in a relatively rural location). There are plenty of schools near me, but I want to make sure I sign up with an agency that supplies to schools close to me as opposed to an hour plus away. Is there an easy way to find out which schools agencies supply to? Other than asking the agencies themselves, of course, have queried a couple, but they seem to be a bit vague / reluctant to tell me which schools they have work with.

    Apologies if I've just asked a really daft question, but, as I said, I'm new to all this and want to make sure I'm choosing the right agency.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    As a first try with nothing to lose, you could contact the schools directly and avoid using agencies altogether. That is what I would do. If the schools say they only use supply teachers from an agency then ask them which ones they use.

    Don't worry about how you will be paid through the school and all the other details that might put you off working for the school directly as they will help you sort out how they will pay you and tell you all the other administrative details you need to know/do. If you can source your own work you will be in a much better position.

    All the best for September and welcome to the forum.

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  3. julesrewls

    julesrewls New commenter

    Thanks. Had thought about contacting schools directly, but wasn't sure whether they generally prefer to do things through agencies. I guess it would depend on the individual school though?
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  4. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    You will not know unless you contact them and it will depend on the school. Some may say yes, some no and some may have never thought of it.
  5. StarbucksCovfefe

    StarbucksCovfefe Occasional commenter

    Yup! I emailed some of my local schools, and they told me what agencies they use. Easy solution!
  6. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    You could always sign up with all 3 agencies, it takes about a half day for each to go through the paperwork and you'll need a portable DBS but if you specify area to each then they won't bother you too much with impossible commutes (and if they do, just politely say NO)

    Agree with @pepper5 though, direct payment from the school is best (though I've never managed it)
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  7. useless

    useless New commenter

    I work directly in a local Catholic Secondary school and get £10 a day less than with my agencies!
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  8. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Star commenter

    surely you're in a position to negotiate here?
    Why can't you say politely to the correct person, "I'm sorry but I can't really afford to keep working here unless......."?
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  9. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi useless

    Welcome to the forum.
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  10. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    Hi how did you word it in the email I would like to know this before I join agencies too
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  11. StarbucksCovfefe

    StarbucksCovfefe Occasional commenter

    I just asked. I probably said something like, "I was hoping you could you tell me whether you hire supply teachers directly, or whether you use an agency. If an agency, which one?". Simples innit ;-)
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  12. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    Haha , how do some even get your details to hire you directly? :)
  13. StarbucksCovfefe

    StarbucksCovfefe Occasional commenter

    I'm unsure if you're asking a rhetorical question or not!!

    I'd then submit my details to them. If that's what you're asking???
  14. cys2017

    cys2017 Occasional commenter

    Ohh yes that’s what I meant thanks for explaining

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