Self employed supply teacher? How do I do it? and how much do agency charge the school?

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Self employed supply teacher? How do I do it? and how much do agency charge the school?

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    hi there,

    being doing supply for a while now but thinking of going self employed and offering this to schools I've worked in. What I want to know is how much do the supply agencies charge the school? I get £120 per day at the moment. So I wonder how much the school is charged? £200? For example if I say I'll do supply and charge £150 would schools find this interesting? Whadda think?

    Jon
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    I don't think it works like that jonathan - I don;t work for an agency, but it is the LEA that pays you (not the school) and they pay you whatever is the going rate in your area. You may get some different replies but I think you might find this is how it is everywhere.
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    Perhaps you could write to schools you haven't worked offering yourself as supply (& paid through the local authority).
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    Search this forum as we have talked about it in the past.

    I think most schools wont deal with a self-employed supply teacher plus the tax rules have been tightened up.

    I looked into it a few years ago and thought it wasn't worth the hassle.
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    I work in a school as self employed and invoice the school. I charge them what the agencies were charging for me before I started working for them, which works out more than m6 rate and I'm only an NQT.
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    Shamshad, if you work in a school as a self employed teacher, do u need to be registered with the LEA?? And who is it who is paying you, the school or the LEA? Are you paid weekly or monthly?

    Also, if you work as a self employed teacher in a school are you allowed to be registered with agencies as well or can you not do both??

    Thanks any advice!!
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    I don't think many do self-employed supply. I don't think you can start as self-employed, as you can't get a CRB done with yourself as employer. You could get a school to initiate the checks.
    Some have used CRB from LEA then pursued self-employed work.
    If you are an NQT and charging M6, you would be making something extra out of it, but you might otherwise be LEA registered and work directly with schools, and get pension contributions, which is just like being self-employed, but not for tax purposes.
    You can mix your employment by using agency, LEA register and self-employed, your constraint is not working directly with a school if previously placed there by an agency.
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    Heartfelt, thank you so much for all your replies and advice. You always seem to have so much insight into so many different matters and this is always greatly appreciated.

    Wondering if u could also answer the following for me as I've asked various people before but no one seems to have/know of an answer.

    If whilst working for an agency, one of their local schools decided to offer you direct work as a day-to-day supply teacher, does this school have to pay a transfer fee to the agency? Or are transfer fees only applicable if schools wish to give you a permanent contract??

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    Kinkerz, I am not employed by the LEA, I worked through an agency first and then told the school that I have my own company registered and want to work directly. They were ok with it. I approached schools directly and one of the schools told the agency, the agency told a few other agencies and I stopped getting work from them, one even said a school had rang them to tell them. However, one of the agencies I work for knows I work directly and also knows I run a small teacher supply agency even though I'm not placing anyone whilst I'm doing my NQT, they are fine with that and have offered me work before I started my NQT and always ring me up to check my availability for after September. I invoice the school, the school authorise and send it to the Council, the council pays it, its as simple as that. Ther school have done a CRB themselves for me. I think if you work with an agency and then start working self employed there are no intro fees involves because you in effect are an agency and not employed by the school.

    I get alot of teachers who know I'm self employed, ask me about getting paid through my agency. They contact a school and say they want to work through me and I already have the invoicing systems and BACS in place
    I pay them and only charge a small fee compared to the other agencies. I obviously do all the checks etc.
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    "I invoice the school, the school authorise and send it to the Council, the council pays it, its as simple as that"

    Thanks for the reply Shamsad. I have my concerns about working directly for a school for day to day work as I have broken the 4-term rule and therefore do not wish to register myself with the LEA.

    So would u say that if i work directly for a school and invoice them, it's no riskier than me getting paid whilst working through an agency?
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    Kinkherz, I've just picked up on your last post. I think Shamshad's experience is probably of more interest with this question than my own.

    It just wouldn't happen that a school would "buy out" an agency teacher for the sake of a few days supply, the buy out figures are relatively high. There is the ethical issue about being introduced to the school, then working directly, and the practical consideration that if found out, both the supply teacher and school risk being dropped by the agency.

    I've not come across anyone doing what Shamshad's doing. Sounds very enterprising.

    I. myself, work for both for LEA schools directly, and for placement agencies, ie all my work is paid through LEA payrolls.
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    Shamshad, It's not quite as simple as that though is it? You need to charge schools VAT, pay your own NI as self employed, keep records for your tax assessemnt as a self emplyed person, arrange public liablity insurance and professional idemnity insurance. As a supply teacher you will already have business use insurance for your car.

    Operating as an agency for other supply teachers you will have to make simliar arrangments for them and ensure that your insurances cover both you, the schools and them. You'll also have to ensure that their CRB checks are current and that, if they come from abroad, they have the necessary visas and permissions.
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    I find the way I am working quite unusual too, I can't see many schools accepting someone the way this school has accepted me but my school has. I don't charge VAT as I'm not VAT registered. have my own references which I showed the school. I had CRB's from other agencies but they did one too and that was it. opened a bank account, get some invoicing software and away I went.
    I do pay Tax, NI etc, its like a business , you work out your profit and pay tax on that, profit is wage received take away travelling expenses etc.I'm here till July, will try other schools in the same way from September. For the other teachers I have all the checks etc done as it used to be full time thing before I started here full time but still have the teachers on my books. I charge 195 per day which is what the agency must have been charging them anyway, seen some charge 205 per day and the agency only paid me 151.
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    I've just found myself 2 days work a week with my old employer after working for years for supply agencies. They want to pay me through an agency but that would mean the agency getting a fortune for not having done any work! Would be very interested to either see if Shamshad could be my agent or doing what he has done. Are you "self employed" or do you have your own Ltd. company that employs you. Contact me kevin_veg at o2.co.uk
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    talk2me, you may find these two links useful:

    http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/employment-status/index.htm

    http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/selfemployed/iwtregister-as-self-e...

    I have worked one day a week for a school on a self-employed basis; the crucial thing is that you provide the school with a contract for services (ie, you explain what you will do for the school), rather than the school giving you a contract to sign. You invoice the school for your services.

    The registration/tax/NI rules are all accessible from the links above. Setting up a company is relatively costly, unless you are planning to keep to this arrangement on a very long-term basis and with other clients/schools.
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    ..... not a tax expert, but have had some dealings with the IT industry - in which many consultants were stopped from being employed this way by the Inland Revenue - specifically with regards to IR35. I would suggest that teachers trying out this route might be advised to take some legal advice on whether they might be contravening IR35 and leaving themselves open to penalties at a later date........
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    What is the point of digging up 3 year old posts? Supply has changed an awful lot in that time.

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    roseangel

    What is the point of digging up 3 year old posts? Supply has changed an awful lot in that time.

    I think old posts can be relevant, and save everyone the time of restating past posts., and provide instant access to a previous full response of answers.

    On the matter of self-employment, supply hasn't really changed, in that the CRB situation hasn't changed, you can't apply ffor a CRB on behalf of yourself, so that basically knocks self-employment. Working directly for a LEA is much like self-employment, in all respects except being on the LEA payroll, but it does not count as self-employment because of this. Some have gained CRBs through other employers, then branched out as self-employed, not sure how this might stand critical scrutiny.

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     Some are self employed but usually outside tutors who run their own businesses, for example freelance specialist music, dance and drama teachers.  The CRB is then OK because they are a registered business.

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    Pennyforyourthoughts

     Some are self employed but usually outside tutors who run their own businesses, for example freelance specialist music, dance and drama teachers.  The CRB is then OK because they are a registered business.

    Are you sure individuals can run their own CRB even as a business? It is counter-intuitive that it could be done.
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