I recently make enquiries to a city-centre agency which a lot of local schools seem to use. The conversation was going well, I established that they don't use umbrella companies.... so far so good......then they said their daily rate is £100 and they will never pay any more. I said that I don't work for less than £120 and made it clear I don't budge from that. So I ended the conversation right there. I have made that my guiding principle while on supply and I have stuck to it. Then it got me thinking, I said no but they will obviously find plenty of other teachers who will accept that. If EVERY supply teacher refused to accept this low pay, then agencies would be forced to pay more. But it needs everyone to do it.