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Lancashire Association of School Business Managers (LASBM) Conference

Key Stage Teacher Supply was one of the sponsors/exhibitors at the Lancashire Association of School Business Managers (LASBM) Conference on the 16th May.  This networking event was attended by almost 90 school business managers and bursars from schools throughout Lancashire and was chaired by Sue Edwards, Director of Finance and Administration at Ripley St Thomas CE Academy.

For all those who were fortunate to attend – what a fantastic day!  Sue had organised some great speakers ranging from Finance/HR to Cleaning and Catering Facilities, who delivered very informative presentations which I am sure enabled everyone to come away with useful snippets of information.

Speaking on behalf of some of the bursars that I talked to, they concluded that it is always hard to leave the school for the whole day for fear of what you have to go back to the following day.  However, just being ‘out of it’ for the day and being able to talk to like-minded people and share practices is so invaluable.  One comment was that they felt refreshed and energised to take on the challenges that they faced for the rest of the week!  As for me, I found plenty of opportunities to network with new bursars and catch up with familiar faces; all in all, it was a very rewarding and informative day.

If you would like further information about the forthcoming events please see the local groups section of the NASBM website.

Further information about Key Stage Teacher Supply.

Jane Scott (Managing Director) Key Stage Teacher Supply.


Published Date: 29th May 2012
Category: Events and Conferences



Best excuses in the world…

During many years in recruitment, I have heard lots of reasons why people have not attended work. Some are more creative than others, some downright puzzling. Although supply teachers have rarely let us down, there have been occasions when a booking has slipped a teachers mind or they have just not bothered to call us in order for us to take action to find a replacement.

Deaths and illnesses are the most common reasons for cancelling work and are obviously quite acceptable. A recent excuse was that due to the impending fuel strike they were unable to go to work as they were saving their fuel…you know who you are!

As for the more bizarre, I never quite got to the bottom of the individual whose reason for not going to work was that “his brother had the shoes”. The idea that one sibling couldn’t go out when his brother did has stayed with me for many years.

Other excuses include the gentleman who went deaf overnight or so he said over the phone, the worker who locked himself in his house and a plethora of people who cancel work in order to wait for the washing machine repair man.

From our point of view, you don’t need to provide an elaborate excuse for not going to work, but we do appreciate as much notice as possible…if you are ill at midnight, just leave a message on our phone there and then and we will replace you in that booking until you are better. But if you do come up with a really good excuse, please share it with us…we like a laugh!


Published Date: 23rd May 2012
Category: Supply Teaching