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Monthly Archives: July 2012


CPD Workshop “Inspiring and Motivating Teachers”

Saturday 22nd September CPD workshop

As part of Key Stage Teacher Supply’s commitment to our supply teachers’ CPD, we have organised a workshop designed to inspire and motivate teachers in KS1 and KS2 to use a range of exciting approaches to teaching and learning.

It is going to be an interactive and very informative day and will be facilitated by two leading Primary Consultants.

Enhancing mathematics assessment and planning challenging problem solving and reasoning activities

(3 hours)

The planning of interesting and challenging daily mathematics lessons lies at the heart of pupil progress. Pupils need to successfully apply their mental and written calculation strategies to solve more and more complex problems. This training will give all supply teachers the opportunity to explore a wide range of resources available to enhance their current mathematics provision for the using and applying strand for mathematics.

Course aims:

  • To focus on good assessment practices which will enable supply teachers to indentify their pupils’ next steps in learning and adapt their teaching to individual needs and aspirations.
  • To support all supply teachers in the use of APP materials for mathematics.
  • To update on the Primary Framework and the share a range of materials to support planning and assessment.
  • To share practical approaches and resources and update knowledge of assessment for learning (AFL) strategies to ensure quality teaching and learning.



 Developing higher order reading skills

(3 hours)

The development of reading continues to be high priority in all primary schools. The teaching of higher order reading skills is essential in order to develop pupil understanding from basic reading fluency and literal retrieval of information to the more advanced skills of inference and deduction and responding to author’s use of language.

Course aims:

  • To raise awareness of the teaching of higher order reading skills
  • To focus on developing inference and deduction
  • To reflect on ways to develop a reading rich environment
  • To share ideas and resources


Date: Saturday 22nd September 2012

Venue:  Chorley Woodlands Conference Centre, Southport Road, Chorley Lancashire PR7 1QR

Time: 9 am  – 4 pm

Cost : £60.00 including lunch and refreshments

We anticipate a lot of interest in this workshop so e-mail now on to book your place. You do not need to be registered with us to attend the event but we will need immediate payment.

The team at Key Stage Teacher Supply look forward to seeing you on the 22nd September.



Published Date: 23rd July 2012
Category: Events and Conferences



Key Stage Teacher Supply launches its Warrington Branch in September

Key Stage Teacher Supply is excited to be setting up its Warrington Branch in the forthcoming months to extend its business even further in the North West.

Already with a network of 3 successful Branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster, we are delighted to be able to extend our reputation even further.

“I think that the personal touch you give to each person makes Key Stage what it is. Better than the rest!”
J Watson– NQT KS1 Teacher

“We have used the services of Key Stage ever since they first opened and have always found their service to be prompt and efficient. They have always managed to get us high quality staff even at very short notice. We have always found the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful and we would recommend the service without hesitation to other colleagues.”
Mrs J Williams– Headteacher, Sacred Heart RC Primary School

‘Our decision to expand Key Stage Teacher Supply is based on the confidence in our service, our reputation and the commitment form our team. They are exited to be a part of a growing company and we are all determined to see our new branch be a success.’ said Managing Director Jane Scott.

If you are looking for supply work or you would like to further information please email us here or visit the Key Stage Supply website here.


Published Date: 16th July 2012
Category: News & Events
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Do you have a Letter Box?

You may be wondering why this question is relevant to our industry blog? Well please do not leave the page and read on.

I regularly meet with my Headteachers and one topic that is always discussed (and boy do I hear some amusing and yet concerning accounts of their experiences) is the quality and variety of prospective candidates that come to view their school.

By this I mean the very first time that the Headteacher has the opportunity to engage with and meet with their possible future recruit.

The reason why I am writing this blog is to give anyone applying for a teaching job just 2 valuable tips of what you should be thinking about when you go to tour a school.

The first thing to remember is that a tour of the school is the first stage of the recruitment process. You are being observed by the Headteacher and the staff. All eyes are on you and I am afraid to say that ‘First impressions’ really count at this point.

Tip 1 – Present yourself in a professional way. The below list are all genuine experiences my Headteachers have had.

Headteachers expect business style dress. What impression does it give them of you if you arrive in;

  • Ugg boots
  • Flip flops
  • 4 inch heals that you have difficulty walking in
  • Leggings
  • Geggings
  • Low cut tops (I am speaking about both females and males here )
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Unshaven
  • Unwashed
  • Hair unbrushed
  • Hair multi- coloured
  • Excessive jewellery
  • Excessive make-up


The list is endless and I hope you get the point  but believe me whatever age you are and whatever fashion trends are out there, please take the time to dress and present yourself in a more conservative way.  I am afraid to say that what you regard as appropriate dress may have cost you an interview.

Tip 2  – Ask appropriate and relevant questions. Think about what you need to ask and even practice what you are going to say. You do not need to feel that you need to ask a million and one questions. Being over the top and too enthusiastic can be very off putting to a Headteacher.

Without a word of a lie a prospective candidate asked the question:

‘Do you have a letter box?’

I shall let you ponder of this one and make your own decision.

Can you think of a time when any of the above applied and you possibly did not get called for an interview? Competition is high ladies and gentleman and if you just have a reflection on the above it may make a difference.


Published Date: 5th July 2012
Category: Supply Teaching
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