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Upcoming Changes to the Disclosure & Barring Service

Over the past 6 months the government has been making changes to the way DBS Checks (formally known as CRB’s) are conducted. Most of the changes have been slight, including the change of the name of the check and have little impact on how Key Stage Teacher Supply has managed this important safeguarding check.
In the coming month we are expecting a big change to happen that will have positive benefits for temporary workers, including supply teachers. The Disclosure & Barring Service have confirmed this month that from the 17 of June the new update service will come into effect which will change dramatically how DBS checks are processed.
From this date, as an applicant only you will receive a copy of your DBS certificate which is a change from both the Employer and Applicant receiving a copy. The other important change is the introduction of the Update Service which will allow any new employers to check if your DBS certificate is still valid.
It is important to note as a supply teacher, registering to the Update Service will remove the need to apply for additional DBS checks as employers will be able to check online if there are any changes to the information on your current check. So it is important to remember that if you apply for a DBS with anyone that you register with the Update Service.
This will allow us more flexibility and allow us to ensure that new registrations can have their safeguards checked quicker and allow us to have you out in schools a lot quicker.
As more information comes to light about the changes we will keep everyone informed. As far as we are aware it will not affect current CRB/DBS holders so you will still be able to work on your current check but will allow for much more flexibility moving forward.
A copy of the guidance for applicants can be found below:

DBS Applicant Guidelines


Published Date: 29th May 2013
Category: General, News & Events
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The Importance of Resources

A teacher is nothing without something to teach. That something comes from a subject matter with a background. This teaching matter comes from resources that create the bulk of understanding surrounding the particular subject. Therefore, a teacher is helped greatly by the resources that back them up.

Resources help students understand the object of the lesson the teacher is conveying. Additionally, it helps the teacher to test whether the students have improved their understanding of the given subject.

Without resources, the whole teaching process could be very boring, and there would be no information that backs up the topic that the teacher would be working on. Resources provide the questions that follow the current stage of the syllabus, and an in-depth understanding of the subject material at hand.

The very basic purpose of a teacher is to convey information from one medium, whether that’s a book, a syllabus or themselves, to the student through a relatable manner. This relatable matter can come from many sources, but mainly from the teacher support that is provided through the school and the curriculum.
Different learning environments can also help to stimulate certain students. It can help to encourage the reading aspect of learning, writing and listening among slower-uptake students.

Resources can also help the relatability of a teacher to their student. Sometimes, the teaching can be lost in translation, when the student feels that they don’t quite understand what the teacher is trying to say about a certain topic.

The point of resources in this instance is to provide a strong language base from which the teachers can draw from, allowing for an easier verbal understanding between teacher and student.

Primary school teachers as well as parents have got quite a fight on their  hands. Everywhere, there are entertainment stations and joints that your child  cannot resist, be it online or locally and the advancements in technology, the  internet and the web do not seem to help matters any. The children are not to  blame; they can’t help having their attention wander. As a teacher, you need an  appropriate way of teaching that will be very close to entertainment.

Many resources today are indeed cut out well for their job. This is because  you will be able to integrate them into your teaching career and make it more  fun and more interactive to learn for the students. The secret here is to make  learning more interactive, more of a game or a challenge that is suited to the  young minds. As such, the worst thing that you could do here is to bore your  students because if you do, you can be sure that there are other areas that they will focus their attention on.

Today, as a teacher, you are allowed to use interactive web activities in  your lessons to combat the rising need for technology in young minds, all of  them are computer literate anyway and if you have been looking for good teacher  resources to make learning of complex lessons and subjects more fun, then you  have just found them here. As a teacher, it will be quite a bonus for you if you  will be able to choose the most appropriate lesson plans and the subject guides.  As there are so many online, you will be dazzled and might not know what to  choose unless you are very keen.

As supply teachers you are not always expected to provide your own resources but there is no harm in having a few in your car boot just to ensure that you are always prepared. Resources are the key to teaching, they open up a world of opportunities and encourage new ways of learning.


Published Date: 21st May 2013
Category: General



Gove at NAHT

While Michael Gove certainly came in for a tetchy reception from delegates at the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) conference on Saturday, the education secretary was in an equally combative mood.
After delegates took him to task over the stress caused by Sats tests and Ofsted inspections, Mr Gove was less than impressed. “I thank you for your candour,” he told the conference, “but I’m afraid that’s where we’re going to have to part company.”

And Mr Gove seems to have struggled to shake off his ill temper following his less-than-successful visit to Birmingham, if his response is anything to go by.

He was “particularly disappointed” by the reaction he received, he writes, singling out new NAHT president Bernadette Hunter for individual criticism. “It’s so depressing,” he continues, “when the response from someone affecting to speak on behalf of the profession is a direct attack on the principle of setting higher expectations”.

Mr Gove says that he won’t “compromise on standards to appease the defeatists”, before contrasting the jeering delegates at the conference – who seem to have been absorbed into the “enemies of promise” category – with the “genuinely world-beating heads” who are “embracing these reforms”.

Speaking straight after Mr Gove’s comments at the conference, NAHT general secretary Russell Hobby told him: “I think you create conflict where none is necessary.”

And he perhaps has a point. In contrast with the outright hostility displayed by some of the other education unions, Mr Gove has enjoyed a relatively cordial relationship with the NAHT. At last year’s conference, he went so far as to describe Mr Hobby as “brilliant”.

The NAHT has made a point of promoting positive responses to the educational climate, such as the Aspire school improvement programme and its own peer-led inspections.

Indeed, Mr Hobby even provoked the wrath of the other unions by expressing support for Mr Gove’s performance-pay policy for teachers. As he told delegates in his speech yesterday, “unless we ourselves take ownership of standards, we frankly deserve political interference.”

It’s a message that would have been music to the ears of Mr Gove. At a time when allies within the educational establishment are in short supply for the education secretary, creating even more enemies is perhaps not the wisest move.


Published Date: 21st May 2013
Category: General, Key Stage Supply, News & Events



Michael Gove plans to change GCSE grading.

Michael Gove yesterday announced his plans to change the way GCSE’s are graded. He has decided that this will help to distinguish between grades.

“Rather than having A*, A and B, you might have one, two, three, four, and it might be the case that one, two, three, four cover the band of achievement that is currently A* and A,”

Changing the marking scale “would help refix the level at which people could recognise outstanding behaviour,” he said. Gove’s comments add some detail to the department for education’s desire to change the marking scheme as part of its reforms to GCSE’s, although no decision has been made and consultation with exam standards regulator Ofqual would have to be taken into account.

“As we have stated previously, the new more rigorous GCSEs will include more demanding assessment structures. Ofqual is considering how we can improve the current A* to G grading system. This is one option. Ofqual will be consulting on a range of options shortly,” a government source said. Gove also announced that some plans for controversial reforms to the national curriculum and GCSEs could be watered down, as he acknowledged that criticism of the changes from teachers and experts was being taken into account.

“My overall instinct is to try and move away from tiering. But of course, I want to take a pragmatic approach,” he told the MPs. “If the strong advice, not just from Ofqual but also one of the awarding bodies, is that it would be easier to have more reliable assessment if you had some form of separation, then I will take that into account.”

What form the second tier exam would take remained under consideration, with Gove suggesting that it could be altered to a stand-alone test with a lower-grade ceiling or be an extension paper. A climbdown over the issue means the department for education would avoid an embarrassing turf war with Ofqual, which has defended the use of tiered exams. In March, Glenys Stacey, the head of Ofqual, told the committee: “It is Ofqual’s job to determine whether or not new GCSEs will be tiered.”

Whether the proposed changes go ahead or not is yet to be seen, but what is Michael Gove playing at now?


Published Date: 16th May 2013
Category: General



Keeping Up With Key Stage Teacher Supply

Do you know that 36% of internet users view websites daily on their mobile phones?.

This number is growing and growing and so we have decided to join in with the mobile revolution and have created a user-friendly mobile site that is easy to navigate on the go. With information updated daily and all of our jobs at the touch of your fingertips, we’re sure you’ll love our new mobile site.

You can also find us on Facebook, where we post jobs, news from within the company and information on any workshops we are providing. For a more in depth view, you can look on our blog, where you can find detailed information on what’s going on within the company.

We are also now on Google+, where you can add us as a friend and keep up to date with the latest jobs throughout the company from all of our branches.

Along with all of these ways to contact us, we always love to hear from you face to face and on the phone. However you chose to stay in touch with us, we strive to ensure that you are always kept up to date with the latest news and goings on from within Key Stage Teacher Supply.


Published Date: 15th May 2013
Category: General, Key Stage Supply



Our New Mobile Site

Do you know that 36% of internet users view websites daily on their mobile phones? This number is growing and growing and so we have decided to join in with the mobile revolution and have created a user-friendly mobile site that is easy to navigate on the go. With information updated daily and all of our jobs at the touch of your fingertips, we’re sure you’ll love our new mobile site.

Just access our website from your smartphone –


Published Date: 14th May 2013
Category: General



Phonics Workshop 20th June 4.30PM – 6.30PM

‘The most important skill any child can leave primary school with is the ability to read independently and effectively for meaning.’

As part of Key Stage Teacher Supply’s commitment to our Teachers CPD, we are delighted to be working in collaboration with Edge Hill University who shall be delivering a workshop on phonics.

It is going to be an interactive and very informative session and will be facilitated by Catherine Langridge a tutor from the University.

The objectives for the session are:

  • understanding what phonics is
  • why phonics is important
  • how to teach phonics successfully

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

Time: 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Cost: £25.00

We anticipate a lot of interest in this workshop so book your place now to avoid disappointment.

If you are interested please contact your local branch or  email

You do not need to be registered with Key Stage Teacher Supply to attend.

See you then.




Published Date: 10th May 2013
Category: General