Hi all I thought I'd ask the opinions of more experienced supply teachers. (I did daily supply a few years ago, but have been in permanent posts for the last 6 years). I have just accepted a maternity leave cover for the summer term through an agency. The school is still deciding whether to offer me a fixed term contract or take me on as daily supply. They are hoping to offer me a permanent post from September, but needed to get me in to cover this class as the teacher is off straight after the Easter hols. I have a couple of questions: - if I do get paid as daily supply and they do offer me a permanent post, is there any way I can get them to pay me over the summer holidays? I am going to be taking a pay cut as it is, and don't want to lose too much (yes I know holiday pay is included, but still not enough) - the agency have mentioned some kind of scheme that I can sign up for to reclaim travel and food expenses. I gather this is some kind of tax thingy. I don't really get it. Is it a good idea? I'm also self-employed as I do private tuition and don't want to complicate things for my tax returns. - how much will I be expected to keep the same in the class? I don't mind keeping things the same for a while, but would really like to show the school the way that I work as a classteacher, especially as I am hoping to be taken on permanently at the end of the term I am really looking foward to starting at this school. they seem lovely and very supportive and I'm so happy to have got this post. Any tips or advice to help make this a success for me would be most welcome. Thanks a lot, sparkly.