My reasons for trying out supply are that I have 4 children and would like to have the benefit of a work-life balance and therefore avoid marking for a while. I can be flexible on my childcare as I live near family who are wonderful and will help me out. I have looked through the sticky posts but I have a few questions I hope someone in the know can answer for me: My ideal post is 2 - 3 days a week supply at the school I left last year. They are now an academy...so will they expect me to go through their agency or can I do freelance supply to them? If I do freelance supply to them do I need to be self employed? I was on UPS1 so what can I expect as a daily rate? Do schools ever offer a '0' hours contract? Is this worth pursuing? Do I just call up my headteacher and have a chat with them? If so, What else should I be aware of before I go for the chat? Thanks for any answers.