You could decide to only take TA booking on the day and ring the other agencies as soon as possible after 7.30 each day to try to get teaching work befiore TA work is offered. It's often worth ringing them all at about 2.30pm too as most teachers staying off sick the following day will have notified their schools by that time in the afternoon. You also need to be aware of where you are in your JSA benefit Week. If you sign on a Thursday, your BW each week runs from Friday to a Thursday. once you've reached the end of Tuesday with no work on the previous Friday, Monday and Tuesday, you cannot get more than 3 days of work in that BW and if you then get Weds and Thursday at TA rates, you may well be worse off after taking travel costs into account. If you are getting JSA Income Based, with rent and Council TAX paid, I wouldn't advise taking odd days of work as it messes up the claim no end. Contact the LA adviser for your Key Stage and ask to be ket up-dated with news of Maternity leaves etc that they hear about on the grapevine. Contact schools direct, too, with your CV and availability. As long as it's not a school that an agency has sent you to, you would get the proper pay via the LA for any work booked.