This is traditionally the busiest term for supply work and I have always in the past easily had enough work and been able to be a bit choosy about what work I take. However, I have not had a single day so far and on speaking to all 4 agencies that I am with the message is quite clear: schools are telling agencies that they will only pay for cover supervisors for general cover. Like many others I have resisted taking work as a CS but I am beginning to think that I may have to jettison my principles in this regard because of the lack of cash in my bank. I know that I will probably be shot down by some on this forum but I am rapidly running out of funds. I also know that many people have also had to jettison their principles and accept work as a CS. Can people who have give any advice/answers to the following questions. 1 If you do take CS work do you just do it through one agency and tell the others that you will only work as a teacher at teacher rates as no doubt once you take CS rates they will always in future only give you work at CS rates. 2 When you get to school are you treated any differently? Do the school still expect you to teach the classes or do they really just want you to supervise set work left? 3 Has anybody got into difficulty with schools/agencies as to where the line is drawn between teaching and supervision? 4 What sort of daily rate do people get from the same agency as a CS and a supply techer?