Dear Colleagues, I'm doing daily supply direct through my local LEA/school; no agencies are involved. The LEA have capped the daily rate of pay at M6, so as I've been on UPS for several years, I'm losing out already. Over half the lessons I've been teaching are last minute and no work has been set, so I'm having to think on my feet and do lots of 11th hour "planning" and adjusting as I go along. I'm also marking what I've done with each class, wherever possible. I'm mainly at a secondary school, which is a split site, so I'm spending up to 30 mins per day driving between the lower and upper schools and/or back again. The time sheets provided by the LEA just have a tick box for morning or afternoon. There's nowhere to state how many actual hours I'm doing. I get in at 8.30am - assuming I'm teaching from 9am, so I can at least try to sort out what I'm meant to be teaching that day. It's usually getting close to 5pm by the time I finish marking, yet the official end of the day is half three. There's a 45 minute lunch break, during which time, I'm often commuting to the other site. The LEA will only pay 3 hours for a morning; 2 per afternoon and 5 hours for a full day, which I believe is a rip off. I've also just discovered I'll be getting paid monthly, but a month in arrears, so last week's pay won't arrive until Xmas! I'd be interested in hearing how this compares with other schools, before deciding whether it's worth asking my (very supportive) union for advice. I don't want to stop marking or turn into a clock watcher, but I feel I'm being exploited her. What say you? Over to you, folks.