Hi fellow supply teachers. I keep seeing posts on "Dilemmas" and other groups from dozens of teachers who are quitting their jobs and contemplating supply. Over the years we have consolidated some excellent tips and solid advice which has helped people avoid classic newbie blunders, false expectations and keep away from the worst practices of rip-off agencies. We have heard how people have made the situation work for them. We have also seen how colleagues have agreed to disadvantageous contracts and suffered hardship. Can I suggest that we cut and paste our best bits on here from the archive. Practical hints and tips to let people know what to expect, how to make the situation work for them, how to negotiate with agencies and schools, how not to get exploited. We see the same topics again and again, so let's create a one stop shop of cautionary tales, serious advice, no names, no recommendations/condemnation, no free advertising. Headings: pay rates contracts AWR Umbrella companies Temp to perm. rules guaranteed work, guaranteed pay primary/secondary your duties the school's obligations the agency's obligations union policies classroom management If you have previously posted info. under any of these and got good feedback, copy it below. We can request that the post is locked and pinned after a couple of weeks and is left at the top as a read-only.