Given that schools have to work to tight budgets is there any reason (other than agencies do the leg work on DBS and references etc.) that schools still use them even when looking to attract full time permanent staff? My wife (who works in early years as a Nursery Nurse) asked me and I couldn't provide an answer other than the one above. Having worked for agencies, my experiences are that they; a. Charge schools as much as they can for you yet try to pay you as little as possible. b. Send you to jobs you clearly are unsuitable for, even against others potential employee on their books, to increase their chances of netting a finders fee. c. Schmooze you for the above mentioned 'wild goose chase' in order to maximise their chances of that fee and to meet their targets d. lure you in when you enquire about a specific job just to enrol you for general supply work. e. Pretend to be your new best friend working just for you only to 'forget' you are already on an assignment for them when they contact you for some last minute supply/ f. Ring you constantly to get you to agree to work/interview etc. then disappear once they have met their own goals. I could go on but surely schools are also aware of how many of these agencies operate. I see so many jobs advertised by agencies when the schools own websites don't list them and many others refer you to their preferred agents for further details. Am I missing something else or is it simply down to safeguarding and no one in the school having the time to follow up on potential supply workers submitted CV's? I have read the advice about setting up on your own, sending out CV's directly etc. but neither of these would get around the fact that some schools still use agencies for full time permanent roles. For one permanent role as HOD I was even told that the school would be paying on a daily rate for a specific time with a phased release before the school could put me 'on their books' so to speak or pay a large release fee. This could mean the school paying several thousands extra for a candidate they could have employed directly!!