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Recommended Bristol Supply Agencies

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by Joemc42, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. Joemc42

    Joemc42 New commenter


    I'm new to supply work and have just moved to Bristol. I'm want to sign up to a few supply agencies in the next week.

    Would you recommend any in particular or any to avoid. I am drawn to Cover Supply Teachers (local and independent) and Axcis (SEN specialists. ITN Mark also seems to be well thought of.

    Any thoughts or advice welcome!

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  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi Joe

    Welcome to the forum. We can only send you PM to comment on agencies since under the terms of use on this site, we are not to identify individuals or companies. Someone, however, may see your post and send you a private message so lookout for that.

    I am not in Bristol but a lot of people read these posts and someone may contact you.
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  3. MichelleCork

    MichelleCork New commenter


    I also wish to query this.

    Anyone have any suggestions for a highly recommendable agency, based on professional experience?

    I have noted that there are many many agencies in the Bristol area, although I have no professional dealings with any of them. Some include, Teaching Personnel, Randstad Education, Protocol Education and Hays Education.

    Thank you sincerely :)
  4. jocool35

    jocool35 New commenter

    I am new to the forum and haven't worked out how to send personal messages, but I also have the same question, so if anyone here has any information and knows how to send personal messages, I'd be grateful if you'd send one to me! I'd also like to know how one goes about negotiating a pay rate for supply teaching. Can anyone help?
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  5. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    Teaching Personnel, Protocol, and Hays do not have very good reputations, look at the Rate My Teaching Agency website. Most of the positive comments there are actually 'puffs' written by the agencies themselves but the number of negative comments for each is an indicator.
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  6. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    I have worked for Teaching Personnel in the past and in the South West region, They were good at the time but the standard of an agency depends 100% on the quality of the consultants working there at the time. If decent consultants leave an agency and replaced by poor ones it can completely change an agency (and vica verca).

    The only way to find out who is currently good is to talk to other supply teachers you meet in your area. Its only of limited valve reading reviews of how agencies perform in other parts of the country to yours.

    As for Bristol, consider strongly an agency that begins with P and is not the one already mentioned on this thread. ;)
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  7. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Definitely ask other supply teachers you meet in the area you are in as to who they use.

    Usually in any area there will be a going rate for day to day supply and you get more on longer term contracts if there is planning and marking. Some on here have said they get as little as £100 for day to day supply while others may get up to £140 per day for day to day supply work. I would not take less than £120 for day to day, but it depends on your subject.
    You may get more for computing,science and maths but not necessarily.

    Also, after you work for a while and get a good reputation you can askmfor more. Also it depends on demand. If there are not a lot of supply teachers and they need you they may pay more.
  8. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    Good advice for @les25paul & @pepper5. it is the individual consultant with whom you are dealing that makes the difference between getting a reasonable amount of work at a fair rate, and being s*dded about for peanuts. Consultants tend to move between agencies like musical chairs, so it might be worth trying to 'follow' your consultant, if this is possible.
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  9. I am also interested in knowing which agencies to consider in the Bristol area. I am unable to ask other local teachers because I just moved to the UK and don't know any yet. At the moment I am flexible for what type of jobs I am looking for: day-to-day supply, fixed term or full time. I would like to teach at a primary level, either in a classroom or as a music teacher. Can someone please send a private message to advise which agencies to look out for and which I should avoid?
  10. rosieh313

    rosieh313 New commenter


    Sorry to ask the same questions but I'm also looking for reputable supply agencies in Bristol. Would really appreciate a PM with some recommendations.


  11. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    One person's experience can be radically different from another person's, so it's impossible to make recommendations.
    I was a at a meeting where two supply teachers working for the same agency found out that one was being paid £20 a day less than her colleague.
    It depends on what subjects you offer, how far you're prepared to travel, what age group you specialise in, how you fit in with any particular school; all of these things are out of the agency's control. One consultant in the same office might have more client schools than another, one school might try to lodge spurious complaints to try and get a rebate. It's a bit of a shark tank so you need to sell yourself very strongly in the schools. Make sure that they see when you get it right. Ask them to request you by name if you have a good day and would like to go there again.
    At this time of year there is very little work, so you won't have a chance to get the measure of any of them.
    but you can find out the basics:

    If they are not prepared to give you a definite quote on their daily pay rate - don't take it any further
    If they won't pay you on their books on a PAYE basis - don't take it any further
    If they offer an amazing deal that appears to pay you when there's no work - don't take it any further (you have to sign up to a very restrictive contract that doesn't deliver what it promises)
    If the insist you pay for your DBS before they've offered you any work - leave it at that.

    Some schools will hire supply direct and the word is beginning to spread that you don't have to use agencies. Schools are particularly broke this year and in the coming year it's only going to get even tighter, so they are making tough budgetary decisions. You can approach schools directly and let them know when you're available for ad hoc supply work.
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  12. SusieRout

    SusieRout New commenter


    One year on and I'm in the same position - wondering how you got on Joemc42?

    If anyone has any advice which agency to join please private message me. There are a lot to choose from but I want to be set up before I move so that I can start work immediately.

    Thanks in advance

  13. Sbi5ni

    Sbi5ni New commenter

    Hi all,

    If someone would also be able to PM me regarding Bristol agencies that'd be much appreciated! Thanks in advance
  14. samcooper5000

    samcooper5000 New commenter

    Hi all

    I am in the same boat and would love some advice on which agencies are good for bristol.

    Please feel free to pm me. :)
  15. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Bristol is infested with Supply (and employment) agencies. None are "good".
    All of the agencies mentioned above are probably best avoided - some more so than others. However, the one with the very positive comment has recently been bought out and has now relocated from the city centre to a trading estate outside of the city. It is no longer the same entity and therefore I am unable to comment at this time.
    £120 for Primary day2day in Bristol is a fantasy.
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  16. dannirawlings123

    dannirawlings123 New commenter

    Hi everyone. Been reading through the comments and thankful for the advice. I will move to Bristol in Jan and do supply work. I would really appreciate any private email with info on who to avoid/join. Thanks! D
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  17. mryoung56

    mryoung56 New commenter

    Hi Danni,
    I've moved to Bristol recently and I'm also looking to start supply in Jan. If you find a good agency I'd really love to hear it.

    Good luck with your search.

  18. joe_mo66

    joe_mo66 New commenter

    Hi guys. I'm gonna jump on this thread too for info on supply work! Have just moved to Bristol (from Australia) and have been looking at supply work. Would be great to know which agencies are good/bad. From what I've read, the pay of £100 a day is normal? but it seems it hasn't changed in 10 or so years?!
  19. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    Supply rates have not changed in over twenty years, while their value has plummeted. Agency supply teachers were getting £100 p. d. in the late Nineties.
  20. joe_mo66

    joe_mo66 New commenter

    Wow. Is it possible to go to schools individually and give them your details? Or is that not done here? Can you recommend any agencies to work with? (or avoid?) PM if your can't post here.

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