Originally started thread in supply forum, but realised this is such an important pay and conditions issue....... Now that Supply registers/ or the management of supply by English LA's is almost obsolete, what can we do? It must be one of the biggest errosions to our professionalism in the last decade, or thereabouts. I'm comparing our model with the Scottish model, which I worked in 5 years ago. In Scotland, the supply was still run by the local LA. You got a morning call from one of two ladies at the local council (so it can't be that big a joint to run!) - the work was local, never more than 30 minutes away, but usually 10 to 15 minutes. This was rural, rural Scotland. BUT - the biggest difference was the way the COUNCIL managed your wages. They deducted holiday pay and saved it up for you. So you got your decent daily rate monthly, and in July and August, huge pay cheques (i.e. on M4, working part-time, £2,600 in August, accumulated from January to July). You still made pension contributions! So, by contacting out supply to agencies and larger organisations, our holiday pay and what we would pay into pensions is being creamed off. We are also having to travel further. There are more and more agencies, meaning less work now. I have had to register with 6 in my area (6 x £36 CRB). As a teacher on M6 with over 10 years experience, I can only negotiate between £125 and £140 tops a day, no pension contribution, and no holiday pay accumulating. So, as the supply year runs, say 26 busy weeks a year, and the rest not so busy, you are averaging about £14000 net, - just over £1000 a month and the agencies are getting the rest. The agencies are not bothered about real issues, like the fact that if you are team teach trained, and working in very challenging schools, the advice is 'stand back and do not intervene at all costs' - what about our duty of care? In contracting out supply services, we have lost out as a profession. Nurses command higher casual rates than we do, and they have traditionally been on lower pay scales marginally. Schools won't pay high premiums like the NHS. So we are losing out. Some people say we/supply teachers are in charge of our own destinies - but how can we be? if there is less work available, as it is spread more thinly between the growing number of agencies, and if there is no central pay to scale point of contact offering work, and you need to average a certain number of days to pay the mortgage.... then it is not control, but catch 22. You have to register with agencies just to access local work. What can we do about this as a profession? Does anyone have any idea if this is set to continue, i.e. if any of the contracts are due to 'run out' in the near future, and what future plans are for the future of supply work? Supply is a choice for many, as they have other life circumstances which means they cannot lend their time to the poor work life balance demands presently in teaching. For others, supply is not a choice - they may have been forced out of jobs, or moved areas etc - and find themselves inadvertently with dire pay and conditions. Whatever the reason, we are at a very very low ebb now. Anyone else concerned, and if so, what could we do, or start to do?