Hi everyone, I'm wondering if this is a good idea for me, and if I'm likely to get any work over the next month or two? I am an experienced secondary English teacher who has been trying to get back into work part-time since 2007, after taking a career break to raise my child. Virtually no such jobs here. I had a string of temporary contracts at one school lasting a year and a half and then did day-to-day supply for a year. That totally dried up and I allowed myself to be strung along by promises from supply agencies that there would be work, but there never was; it was all going to cover supervisors. Seems I can't get work in my own field now either because I applied for two part-time jobs last spring and was not invited to interview for either. I'm aware that the GCSE syllabus has changed, and I haven't taught for 2 years now. It's been pretty crazy and frustrating, and money is a problem. I seem to be in a pool of people now who are on a waiting list for a job with the civil service. They didn't tell me that it could take 6 months or more after my interview to actually be asked to start, and now that I know this I want to do something to earn some money; I have no idea when I will hear from them again. Browsing job sites yesterday, I came across a supply agency advertising for casual short- or long-term teaching assistants for local primary schools. The pay would be a lot less than I got on supply as a qualified teacher but it's better than nothing. I don't really want to take half pay for doing the same job as a cover supervisor, which I found very stressful as it was. My daughter is in primary school, I've helped there sometimes, and I would enjoy working with the little ones. I have a CRB which is less than a year old from the last supply agency, which never actually got me a single day's work. Is there much of this kind of work around, does anyone know? I would still just want day-to-day stuff. I went literally for months getting up very early every morning with my daughter, getting dressed for work and ready to ring the child minder, only for none of my agencies to phone. It became hard to deal with and I'm not sure I want to go through that again. On the flip side, I'm out of my mind with boredom and money worries and it could be a few months yet before I hear from the civil service. I know I've passed their security checks but it's hard for me to completely believe that they aren't just giving me the runaround. Who advertises a position and then keeps the successful candidate waiting half a year? If I could do the primary supply work maybe 6 days a month, it would help a lot. But maybe I'd still be waiting around for a couple of months, because I know general supply work is thin on the ground when school has just started back after summer. Can anyone help? Thanks!