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You’re already a supply teacher.  Or thinking about becoming one. Your priority is to choose the right agency; an agency that will help you to find the work you want, where you want, when you want it.

You’ve come to the right place

Key Stage offers positions from Early Years to KS5, through partnerships with hundreds of schools in the North West region. And a local branch network that will supply you with work from your area in Lancashire and Cumbria.

We believe you deserve to be valued, just like permanent teaching staff. That’s why you’ll find the friendliest of welcomes here, from people who want you to have the best possible experience of working with Key Stage Teacher Supply. And, if you’re an NQT or you qualified overseas, you’ll find everything you need at Key Stage to launch your UK career, and to help you along the way.

If you’re happy, so are we!

Register now with Key Stage Teacher Supply

We’ll look after you from the minute you register with Key Stage. Our aim is to get to know you and your preferences, and to give you whatever support you need. Your CPD is important so we help you with that; as well as provide resources to help you do your job. We’ll even remember your birthday!

At Key Stage you’ll find:

  • a full range of temporary and permanent positions
  • day-to-day cover, short- and long-term placements
  • work in local schools
  • the work-life balance to suit you
  • assistance with your NQT year
  • CPD opportunities
  • competitive rates of pay
  • access to teaching resources
  • continuous support from your Key Stage team

Your 10-point guide to working with Key Stage

1. Keep in touch

Communication is our most important tool. And it works both ways: you need to know what’s going on and when, and so do we. The more promptly you can give us your availability, the more quickly we can sort out your next assignment.

2. Quality counts

Our schools demand the best educational provision for their pupils, so there are standards and compliances that you need to work to during your time with us. And we promise to provide you with the information and training to make sure that you are able to do that.

3. Dress the part

First impressions are important, so no jeans, leggings or shorts, and male teachers should wear a shirt and tie. (And, of course, no mobiles in the classroom.)

4. Getting there

Plan to arrive by 8.30am unless otherwise notified. This gives you chance to find out about school routines (lunch times, dinner money, playground duties etc), and relevant policies and procedures.

5. Who are you?

Always carry your Key Stage ID card for security purposes and please take a current Enhanced DBS Certificate, along with proof of identification (ie driving licence or passport) to show on your first day.

6. Be prepared

You may find yourself in a class that has no lesson plan, so you will be expected to use your own resources, which should be National Curriculum-based. Use Key Stage’s Library and resource page for up to date information, ideas and lesson plans. You should leave notes about what you have covered, with details of any disciplinary or behavioural issues, at the end of the day (handover sheets are available to download here). Mark all work you have set. Don’t leave younger children unattended. For longer assignments, you must be prepared to undertake detailed planning and preparation, possibly alongside other teachers; and to help in other professional activities, such as staff meetings, parents’ evenings, marking exams and writing reports.

7. Time is money

It is your responsibility to submit a timesheet (either online or paper) for each day you work. This must be signed and approved by the school and delivered to your Key Stage office no later than 10am on the following Monday. Failure to submit on time may delay payment.

8. Pay day

Your payment for the previous week will be paid weekly into your Bank or Building Society via BACS. If you have a problem with this method, please talk to your Key Stage contact. Note: To comply with EU legislation, Key Stage Teacher Supply will accrue a proportion of your daily / hourly rate each week to be paid to you as holiday pay. The figure will be clearly shown on your payslip. You can choose to be paid through our partner Key Pay or via our own, in-house PAYE facility.

9. Tax and National Insurance

If you choose our PAYE option, income tax will be deducted from your pay by Key Stage Teacher Supply each week, along with your National Insurance contribution, and paid to HMRC. If you don’t have an up to date P45, we’ll ask you to complete a P46.

10. Safety first

Always remember that you’re responsible for the health and safety of the pupils — and yourself. Don’t do anything you’re not capable of or trained to do, and ask for instructions if using unfamiliar equipment. Talk to us if you have any concerns at all.

Finally, remember to enjoy yourself!