There are three of us who decided we would like to start a teaching agency. We are all qualified teachers with about 20 years experience each. We know lots of colleagues who had either been made redundant or had been bullied out of a job. All of them were interested in our new idea. We wanted to start an agency where the teacher got the lions share of the money rather than the agency. We wanted to charge a lower price to schools and only take a small admin fee. Win win situation? We looked into getting the Quality Mark from REC. A lovely lady telephoned us and she turned out to have no knowledge of the education sector but was very eager to sign us up.....at a cost of £1025 joining fee and a further £800 per year memberships subs. She assured us that they would provide all the necessary documentation for us to put our logo on, then present in a folder when the 'inspector' came to visit us. So the Quality Mark is available to anyone who can pay for it, regardless of what their actual employment practices might be. It's a lot of money to pay out when we are just starting up and if schools will only use supply agencies with the quality mark, they could be loosing out on our cheaper prices. We would still be doing CRB checks, references, List 99 etc to meet DFES standards but we might not get any work because we don't have the quality mark!!!!! It seems like a racket to me.