I am signed up with H**** Education as a supply teacher and they have given me work in the past but not this term. I feel that they are not as proactive as they once were and I would love to work directly with the schools. In fact both the schools and I would be winners i.e. schools could ring me direct and there would be no need for any commission for my services! Hence the pay would be MPS and LEA based. But...???? Question: Once employed in a school with an agency it seems that one is forever stuck with them. Agencies will always want their cut but is there a way of breaking free from their clutches? Have some colleagues broken free from agencies and are employed directly by the school and making a successful living? Of course going completely freelance has its risks but it's so depressing to be stuck and controlled by the agency?! Will the scenario change with more "free schools" coming on stream?