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Worst Agencies...and Worst Agency Experiences...

Discussion in 'Supply teaching' started by les25paul, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. mrjack

    mrjack Occasional commenter

    We are all being exploited through agencies, loosing 40% of my pay and no pension contributions is awful. I have written to MP's and contacted the press / BBC, if we all did this it would make a point.
  2. captain scarlet

    captain scarlet Established commenter

    Supply for 10 years, very good at what I do.
    Literally 1000's of resources on USB, make a lesson in about 5 mins.
    IR35 is killing my finances.
    So Supply for 10 years, well not much longer.

    I think I will go dog walking
    TheCuddlyCoyote and pepper5 like this.
  3. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Pet sitting can be lucrative if you are in the right area.
    gingerhobo48 likes this.
  4. thewritingsupply

    thewritingsupply Occasional commenter

    Anybody been put off signing up for an agency because of the behaviour and attitude of the consultant? This happened to me recently, and could just tell this consultant was speaking a load of BS to me - also found them very patronising, as if I hadn’t been through the process of registering with agencies before, when they know I have as I’ve been explicit about it. On to the next one for me!
    new career and pepper5 like this.
  5. Jolly_Roger1

    Jolly_Roger1 Star commenter

    I am going to name and shame T------g P-------L. When I went to its London Bridge office, the 'consultant' I was due to see, I was told, was 'visiting a school and would be back any minute'. I waited around for about half an hour and left. That none of the other people wandering around the office could be bothered to register me, or the other woman waiting, was less than impressive. TP cannot be short of candidates if it can afford to let people walk out of the door.
    new career and pepper5 like this.
  6. jamtart20

    jamtart20 New commenter

    There was a local agency who told me after my interview that I didn't meet the skills, knowledge and experience required, having waited 8 weeks for an interview! I'm in my 6th year of teaching and I have 2 years of full-time primary, having converted 2 years ago. I was last out of full-time teaching at the beginning of 2016.

    I have a lot of plus points, I have taught both primary and secondary, am a music specialist, just to start with, but apparently I lack what they're looking for.

    This agency considers itself a class act; obviously they only want perfect teachers on their books.
    agathamorse and pepper5 like this.
  7. baxterbasics

    baxterbasics Senior commenter

    I have never heard of that before - pretty appalling.

    I don't know where you are based, but look elsewhere, where you will be appreciated.
    agathamorse and pepper5 like this.
  8. Northern_Miss

    Northern_Miss New commenter

    In London I found that
    [This comment/section/image has been removed for breaching our Community Guidelines/Terms and conditions] were awful. They got me interviews for long-term positions (yey), but forced me to use an umbrella company that charged me, took Employers NI out of my pay (the cheek!) etc etc. By the end of it I was pretty much working for free.

    It was only a year later that I found
    [This comment/section/image has been removed for breaching our Community Guidelines/Terms and conditions], who I LOVE because they paid me fairly - Main Scale Pay and no dodgy deductions. Would always go through them if I was living in London again.
    agathamorse likes this.
  9. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Hi jamtart20

    There will be agencies who will want to use you- just keep on looking. You have a lot of relevant experience and qualifications especially as you have experience in both primary and secondary.
    agathamorse likes this.
  10. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    Brilliant. Well done Pepper for the Freudian slip joke.
    agathamorse likes this.
  11. schoolsout4summer

    schoolsout4summer Star commenter

    a=1, b=2, c=3,
    My two worst =
    Best avoided if at all possible.
    claudette_A likes this.
  12. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

  13. cathr

    cathr Occasional commenter

    Yep, happened to me. The 'consultant', who clearly had never set foot in a classroom, put me through some classic interview questions such as 'what do you do in terms of discipline with a challenging class' except that she used a whole load of edu-jargon which made me very angry as I was starting supply just to avoid said jargon... I gave her a piece of my mind and walked out halfway through the process!
  14. APTSJ

    APTSJ New commenter

    If an agency or school has treated somebody poorly then those people have a right to share their stories and warn others - as I am sure a school or agency would if roles were reversed. If an agency knows they can keep a lid on their poor practices, where's the deterrent to do so. I think it's a shame that an agency like mine doesn't offer a way for teachers who work for them to give feedback anonymously. A good business - big or small - should never be afraid of getting feedback.
    new career and agathamorse like this.
  15. -LittleMiss-

    -LittleMiss- New commenter

    teacher active

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