Hi, I've just completed my English degree and I would like to start a PGCE course in 2018. So, I'm currently looking for a TA position. I've never signed up to teacher recruitment agencies before and I decided to register with 3. They've all invited me in for an interview. I'm a little sceptical because I've read some really bad reviews and I'm not comfortable. What are the tell-tale signs of a bad agency? Can any one recommend any GOOD agencies in London? I don't want to be duped into paying for DBS and end up with no work whatsoever. Weirdly enough, one of these agencies have asked me to pay as soon as I turn up? Is this normal.. Do we HAVE to sign up with an agency in order to secure a TA secondary position? Can I approach a school directly?