Thanks for the timely advice, which I've also seen on TES and which is the same as my union rep's advice.
However, I'm now left with a bit of a dilemma - one that could be quite costly.
I'm about to be made redundant from a permanent, full time job and was offered a few interviews by agencies who said they'd sort out expenses and accommodation for me to visit the UK for interview.
It was only when I got to London and met them that they told me about the umbrella company and the "receipts for expenses" I'd been told to keep, were so I could offset the tax from my wages, rather than have my costs re-imbursed - naughty! (They also expected me to "live" in a backpackers' hostel - fine if you're travelling, but totally impractical when working as a teacher!
I have refused to work through any umbrella company, so I have effectively turned down work, so could anyone tell me if there are any agencies that a) get teachers jobs and b) don't pay via umbrella companies?
I'm ideally looking for another full time, permanent post, but would consider a long term supply as I don't wish to be travelling to and from the UK for odd days - it's not financially viable.
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