In my current school (special needs) we use supply agencies when we have no other choice. It has become apparent that we actually ask the agencies for specific people because; - we know them from past experience - we trust them - we know they will do a good job. I just wanted to ask if anyone has used or heard of an alternative way of employing such people rather than using a supply agency? It just seems so easy for the agency to simply call up a specific person and then send them to us and take their large fee each day. For example, an easy way to put them on your books so they have the same conditions as a supply agency.