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(Photograph) - TimePlan was established in 1989, becoming the first private teacher supply agency in the country. It was set up by former teachers Chris King, Ian Penman and Tish Seabourne (pictured left), who devised the idea while sharing a bottle of whisky.

They spotted a gap in the market following the introduction of local management of schools.

The company, which began in the backstreets of north London, now has a network of 10 offices across the UK and seven centres in Commonwealth countries.

The agency has provided more than 30,000 teachers to 6,000 schools and supplies more than 6,000 teachers a year.

Last year its turnover was pound;31 million. It charges around pound;170 a day for each teacher, from which it takes its fee of about pound;50.

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