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Supply Agencies

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by andrew07, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. andrew07

    andrew07 Occasional commenter

    If you are doing a long term supply at a school through agency A, can the school move you to agency B paid less? I just received a phone call from an agency that I have worked with a lot, only not this year. I don't know how but they found out that I was working at the school (I never tell other agencies where I'm working or have worked). The agency said that "we've met the cover supervisor at your school and it looks as if we may be working with them in the future". This got me a little nervous because agency B pay rate is lower compared to Agency A. What would you do if your school kept you, but dropped the agency you're with and used you through another one for lower pay?
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  2. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi andrew07

    The school can't do that without asking you or agreeing to it, since your contact is with the agency not the school.

    You only have to use agency B if you sign their terms and condition and accept the booking. The school cannot do that on your behalf.

    I would be inclined to tell agency B to sling their hook and also tell the school you are definitely not going to work for a lower daily rate. However, don't mention this to the school or agency A until it becomes an issue as it could just be a bluff and in any event is highly unprofessional. You are not a tin of beans to bartered for.
    nearmiss and JohnJCazorla like this.
  3. JohnJCazorla

    JohnJCazorla Lead commenter

    In one sense this is neither here nor there. It's another way to get you to do the same job for less.

    You must be in a strong position anyway (or they'd have replaced you for the cheaper one) so you can easily put your foot down and refuse to be paid less. Better still, only agree to the change in contract if you are paid more
    pepper5 likes this.
  4. andrew07

    andrew07 Occasional commenter

    Okay, well thanks so much for this. But actually, I did not sign a contract with agency A though.
  5. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Good thinking John.
  6. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter



    I went back to your original post and you say you are working through an agency, so you will have a contract with that agency whether you signed anything or not. Your contract will be between you and the agency; the agency and the school have a separate agreement. If you are unsure about any of the legal aspects, phone your union who will advise you. The school cannot just move you about from agency to agency that you know nothing about or have any choice in.

    If the school wants to switch to agency B ( which I doubt they do and doubt they want to replace you three weeks before Christmas break with a shortage of people who want to work at a school with challenging behaviour that you have described in previous posts), they would have to tell Agency A which would then tell you. You would then have to decide whether or not you wanted to join Agency B or not. I am taking it you are still at the same placement you started at in September.

    Don't speak about this to the school nor Agency A, as agency B is using smoke and mirrors to try to get everyone running around in circles. The school having been using agencies for years and they know the score. They are not stupid and have seen it all before.

    If it gets to the point where you are faced with this scenario, phone your union which will have specialist advisors.

    In the meantime, don't worry about it - the school won't want to lose an experienced teacher over a few pounds. They would be insane to mess you about. Anyway, if you do decide to leave or they switch agencies, you are coming up to the busy time and might be able to pick something up.
    JohnJCazorla likes this.
  7. andrew07

    andrew07 Occasional commenter

    Hi Pepper,
    Yes, I signed a contract with AGency A but was just placed at the school. Many thanks for making me feel a lot better.

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