Hi! I am going to hand my notice in, apply for a full time position, but have supply as a back up. In my area ( Central), schools only use supply agencies, certain ones that are contracted to the LEA. I have an appointment to go and see one this week, just to start the ball rolling re DBS, references etc, just as a safe guard to if I don't find a full time position that I like. I know people that have worked with this certain supply agency, and they have good feedback and work is plentiful in my area. However, I know they use an Umbrella Company ( from talking to someone who supplies for them), I also know their daily rate is not the best - take home £99 a day, after tax, N.I etc. However, there is no choice in my location but to go with an agency, as I said the LEA actually advertises this particular agency on their web site for supply. For information sake, I have been teaching 10 years regarding the daily rate and I am current on UPS2. I need your words of wisdom as to how much the daily rate should be, how to negotiate a better rate, how to refuse an Umbrella Company ( if that is all they use) and what other questions I should be asking them when I go and see them. Thank you in advance.