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Without You We Do Not Have A Business!

Key Stage Teacher Supply prides itself on its service to our candidates, as without you we do not have a business! That is why it is so important to every team member of our company that you receive the highest level of customer care throughout your registration and your time with us.

We take the time to get to you, as an individual. Your skills, your experiences, good and bad, places you have worked and the places you would like to work. We want to ensure that we are not providing you with work, but that you are enjoying your work, because a happy teacher means a happy learning environment.

Just as important, to us is that our staff are receiving fair and honest daily rates of pay. We do not use third party companies. As part of the Key Stage team, you are paid through our own payroll. This means that ALL our staff can benefit from a competitive salary including holiday pay.

“I signed-up with Key Stage Teacher Supply, with Linda Spencer at the Warrington office, in December 2012. Within a few days, I was put forward for two long term posts. I was kept informed throughout the initial induction process and had all of my questions and queries answered thoroughly and sympathetically.

I have found Key Stage to be thorough, appreciative and genuinely interested in the staff that they recruit. I have worked for several supply teaching agencies previously who seemed to simply supply any teacher to any school in need, regardless of the qualifications and experience of the teacher or the needs of the school.

If you wish to work for an agency that will cater to your needs, qualifications and experience and match these to the needs of their schools, then I would recommend Key Stage Supply.”

Liz Ball  Secondary Teacher – Warrington

Liz secured a long term post through Key Stage Teacher Supply Warrington within 2 days of registration.

“Key Stage is one of the most professional, yet friendly agencies I have ever worked for. The amazing and compassionate staff have accommodated my every work requirement over the years, enabling me not only to establish a family, but to ensure a work-life balance too. They have always made me feel like a priority, and sent me to some great schools. I would recommend Key Stage Teacher Supply to anyone.”

Mumtaz Patel – Primary Teacher- Blackburn

Visit our website for further testimonials and then call us now for an immediate interview.


Published Date: 25th January 2013
Category: Supply Teaching
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There is no greater feeling than being wanted!

Being a supply teacher is a rewarding job however the expectations are high, as is the competition. So to keep yourself in work and to be the one that the school calls for  their next booking, just read below:

Smile – it’s free

An easy way to stand out is to smile. Headteachers, notice and say they like the fact that some supply teachers smile and look like they are enjoying being in their school teaching their children.

Be Positive

Headteachers and their dedicated team do not like to hear from their supply teacher that it is a tough and over challenging school and that it is the worse school they have every been in.  They like to hear positive comments from their supply teacher and if you have not got anything positive to say then do not say anything.

Arriving in good time

Supply teachers who are late will not be asked back. A surprisingly high number of teachers set off without an A-Z or clear directions of where they’re going and before they know it they are arriving as the children are just going into the class.
Being early gives you the opportunity to find out how the school operates and what you need to know about your class.

Volunteer for playground duty

Check whether it’s appropriate first, as some schools have a rota of teachers. It’s an especially good way of getting known and is popular at primary schools where children readily tell parents and teachers about the nice new supply teacher. If you have a free period, don’t leave the school premises but ask if there’s anything you can do: it’ll go down well.

Mark the work

A cardinal sin is not marking the work. If you are unsure just ask.

Leave a note

It’s a really small thing but can make a big difference to the returning teacher, who may find the break in continuity unsettling. Leave a note at the end of the day, detailing the work done, where you are up to in set work, any incidents, whether books were marked, and if so, where they’ve been put. For secondary school teachers, this will mean more notes, one at the end of each lesson. Even a brief sign-off saying either that a lesson went smoothly or naming the miscreant pupil(s), is useful information to a returning teacher.
Do not rush off .Yes the children may be keen to get their coats on and to get out, but it is a cardinal sin for the supply teacher to be practically following behind them.

Say goodbye

…and thank whoever’s been looking out for you during the day. Some larger schools have a dedicated supply supervisor who does this, or it may be a parallel classroom teacher who sits next door and is on hand for your queries. If you’ve had a good day, tell them – schools enjoy getting positive feedback, too – and say you’d love to go back.

Do not forget you are always being observed for future long and short term bookings. First and lasting impressions count, so be the one that the school asks back.

Come and join our busy team of very friendly, very efficient and very professional Supply Teachers at Key Stage Teacher Supply.


Published Date: 24th January 2013
Category: Supply Teaching
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Warrington Branch – Going from Strength to Strength!

Our Warrington Branch is in its second term now and how delighted is Linda Spencer the Branch Manager on how her Branch is going, having already secured several Secondary and Primary Schools to work exclusively with her for their supply needs.


‘It is simple,’ says Linda, ‘I have implemented the long standing ethos and ethics that have always been at the heart of Key Stage Teacher Supply into my Branch. To ensure, all candidates and schools are treated fairly and that we are not here to exploit the needs of the schools but to offer the right solution at an affordable price and to make sure our candidates are happy and of course kept in work.’

‘As Branch Manager it is important for me to build strong relationships with both my schools and candidates so that they can trust and be totally confident in my practices’.

Customer Testimonials

Why not look at our Facebook and Website to find out what our customers are saying about us.

Come and join the Key Stage Teacher Supply’s team working throughout the North West, we want to make your time with us a rewarding experience!


Published Date: 8th January 2013
Category: Warrington Branch