This leads on from the 'Supply in London' thread. How does one get even a reasonable (or, indeed, any) supply work. When I started trying to get supply work, I was 58, with thirty-plus years experience of teaching maths and science in London schools. I have taught chemistry and maths up to A level. My references are good, as I have seen them. I even have a aged Ph.D. Over the past fourteen months, I have registered with over two dozen agencies, and I live in easily commutable distance of Central London. At one point, I was making up to 20 phone calls every morning and more than that in the late afternoon. Only two of the agencies ever found me any paid work; most of the morning calls ended up with me travelling to bookings that had already been cancelled. The result of all this effort: a huge bill for CRB checks and six days work. I would love if people could tell me what more I could have done to get some work, and why it might bee that agencies are just not using me. Be as brutal as you like.