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Monthly Archives: November 2012


Teaching and Chilly Winter Mornings!

Brrrrrr… What a chilly morning it was this morning. The talk in the Key Stage Teacher Supply Lancaster office this morning (as we all huddled round steaming cups of tea) was of our shock when we got out the door and realised that our cars were frosted up!! The thoughts running through my mind were, “I’d better get a shift” on” “Where’s the De-Icer” and more importantly “Where are my Gloves!”.

Fighting the Winter Weather…

Naturally our thoughts turned to our teachers and teaching assistants getting to primary and secondary schools across the region, fighting their way through country lanes and city centres to ensure that school children are still getting the best education that we can provide. At Key Stage Teacher Supply we appreciate the efforts that all our teachers and teaching assistants go to to uphold the reputation and standards of our agency and we thought it was a good time to be giving some useful wintery morning advice to you all.

Teachers – Be Prepared in Winter!

The best advice we can give you, whether you are going to primary or secondary school or even a nursery or childrens centre is BE PREPARED. Plan your routes in advance so you know where you are going and give yourself a little extra time in a morning. Driving conditions over the winter months can be treacherous, so set off early so you can ensure that you can drive safely and arrive with plenty of time to spare to allow for delays and poor conditions.

Always be aware of your plans for the next day. Whether you are pre booked into a school or are awaiting an early morning call, ensure you have everything you might need. We appreciate that are teachers have lessons and resources available but in the coming months be thinking about what else you might need. What will you do if your car is frozen and you get a last minute call? How much longer will it take to get out and read?  Have you considered a handy can of de-icer or a scraper? Plan your outfit accordingly, have hat, gloves and scarf to hand ready (I know I am always losing my gloves, they are worse than socks for going missing).

Keep in Touch

The final thing to think about is keeping in touch. If you are having problems, running late due to increased traffic or poor conditions or even if you think it might take you a little longer to get in than usual let your Key Stage Teacher Supply contact know and we will do everything we can to sort things.

The run up to Christmas can be a busy time, with sickness and bugs on the increase and transport issues, schools both secondary and primary will have increased needs for long term and more importantly last minute cover. So be prepared, and don’t miss out.

Whether you are registered with Key Stage Teacher Supply in Blackburn, Chorley, Lancaster or Warrington keep us up to date with your availability, stay warm and most importantly stay safe.


Published Date: 30th November 2012
Category: Key Stage Supply



A small ‘ thank you’ gift just for you, totally free of charge when you register with Key Stage Teacher Supply

Key Stage Teacher Supply  have teamed up with the Primary Teaching Services ( PTS ) to bring you over £9.00 worth of teaching aids, totally FREE of charge, just to say ‘thank you’ for registering with Key Stage Teacher Supply Teacher.

Simply contact your nearest office to register with us.

But why register with Key Stage Teacher Supply you may ask?

Key Stage Teacher Supply was established 13 years ago and is now one of the leading ‘smaller independent’ specialist supply agencies in the North West.

Being part of the Key Stage Teacher Supply teacher team can offer you so many different experiences and opportunities.

If you are just starting out on your career path as a teacher or have just decided to make that change, our dedicated team at Key Stage Teacher Supply will guide you through these decisions. Having worked with our schools for many years we feel confident to be able to place you in the right setting.

If you are happy so are we.

What we offer you:

•    Professional and supportive service – read what our clients say
•    Day-to-day cover
•    Short to long-term placements
•    Assistance with NQT year
•    Tailor your work life balance
•    Commitment to your CPD
•    Weekly pay

We always say without you we have not got a business, so as one of our customers it is vital that we provide you with an excellent service and make you feel a valuable part of our supply team

Who are Primary Teaching Services?

Primary Teaching Services was established 17 years ago, and has grown to be the UK’s leading supplier of reward and motivational items to over 40,000 teachers within the UK. They are committed to supplying quality products at a fair price and back all products they sell with their 100% money back guarantee.

Please visit their site on

We look forward to working with you.


Published Date: 19th November 2012
Category: Key Stage Supply



Umbrella Payroll Schemes for Supply Teachers

At Key Stage we are increasingly concerned for our teachers being enrolled in “Umberella” payroll schemes by some supply teacher agencies.

We have looked into these schemes over the past couple of years and decided early on that the benefit to our teachers and schools is far outweighed by the potential exposure to tax implications in the future. A recent broadcast by BBC radio 5 Live has brought this issue to the attention of a broader audience, and may well result in action by the HMRC.

A transcript of the broadcast is published below. The full broadcast may still be available on a podcast at the BBC Education website.

5 Live Investigation

Thousands of supply teachers are employed by Sark-based company ISS Ltd An offshore company employing thousands of teachers is avoiding the payment of millions of pounds in employer’s National Insurance contributions.

ISS Ltd, based in the Channel Islands, employs more than 24,000 temporary agency workers across the UK, most of them working as supply teachers.

ISS says it is “meticulous in complying with HMRC codes on taxes and expenses”.

HM Revenue & Customs says schools, councils or employment agencies could be liable for the shortfall.

The BBC’s 5 live Investigates programme has discovered that thousands of supply teachers working in the UK are paid by Sark-based International Subcontracting Solutions Ltd (ISS).

ISS is a payroll company – sometimes known as an “umbrella” company – which pays the salaries and expenses of workers who find jobs through recruitment agencies in the UK.

The arrangement means that temporary workers, such as supply teachers, are the employees of ISS.

Because ISS is based offshore it does not pay employer’s National Insurance contributions – but neither do the UK-based recruitment agencies that find the jobs for staff paid by ISS.

This could add up to many millions of pounds in unpaid tax. For example, for a supply teacher on a daily rate of £160, around £90 per week is not being paid to HMRC in employer’s National Insurance contributions.

HMRC says that the UK-based employment agency through which the workers are supplied, or alternatively the end-user company, such as the school or local education authority, could be treated as the employer and therefore be liable for the unpaid National Insurance contributions.

‘Effective enforcement’

This raises the prospect of HMRC having to pursue other public sector bodies and employees for the lost revenue.

ISS told the BBC that HMRC had no grounds to challenge its employees or business partners.

But the consultancy firm Professional Passport, which advises the recruitment industry on tax issues, says a lack of enforcement has encouraged the growth of offshore umbrella companies.

“We don’t need more rules, or different rules, just effective enforcement of the existing rules,” Professional Passport director Crawford Temple told 5 live Investigates.

“If these are proving too difficult to enforce then they should be reviewed and amended as a priority,” he added.

Director of Tax Research UK Richard Murphy says the growth of umbrella companies is “the next big UK tax scandal”.

Mr Murphy told the BBC: “The UK can’t afford this tax loss and it can’t afford so many households being put at tax risk. This is a scandal waiting to break.”

The government also stands accused of having ignored the problem despite warnings.

Professional Passport wrote to Treasury minister David Gauke in July 2011 to point out the “potentially embarrassing” issue of public sector agency workers being employed by offshore umbrella companies.

Mr Temple says he is yet to receive a response.

“Mr Cameron was quick to use moral arguments when celebrities were utilising tax avoidance strategies, yet his own ministers failed to take any action, or even respond, when we highlighted serious tax avoidance issues directly to them on a number of occasions.”

HMRC told the BBC that employers had a legal responsibility to operate PAYE and should question very closely anyone offering quick-fix tax and National Insurance arrangements.

“We are actively pursuing a growing number of investigations against these types of arrangements.

“The HMRC has already successfully pursued a number of companies for tax, National Insurance and interest where they were not playing by the rules.”


Published Date: 16th November 2012
Category: Supply Teaching
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Yet again another good move for Key Stage Teacher Supply

Supply Teaching in Warrington

Key Stage Teacher Supply’s 4th Branch in Warrington is certainly making an impact in the Warrington area already and we are so excited about the prospects of expanding the business even further as we approach the usual ‘crazy busy November’.

Linda Spencer, Branch Manager, is determined to deliver our company values and ethos to our schools and candidates even further throughout the North West over these forthcoming months.

So why work with Key Stage Teacher Supply you may wonder?

Well after 13 years in business, we believe that we have  demonstrated our knowledge and expertise in making the perfect match and we always say without our candidates  we do not have a business, so customer care and making sure you receive only the best service is paramount to our operation.  Please visit our testimonials and facebook page to hear what our teachers and schools say about us.

Register with Key Stage

We look forward to you registering with our Warrington Branch and working in our Warrington, Wirral, Liverpool, St Helens, Sefton, Halton, Knowsley and Cheshire West  Schools


Published Date: 5th November 2012
Category: Warrington Branch
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