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Monthly Archives: June 2013


New Website Info Sheet

We now have an up to date version of our web resource list for teachers and teaching assistants.  Hopefully you will find it useful, and we would welcome any feedback on the sites featured, and any suggestions on new sites to add to the list.


General Information – This is where the National Curriculum, APP and AfL documents can now be found – it also has a page of links to the ‘Teachers TV’ video content. – This is where all Department for Education info can be found. – The office for standards in Education


General Teaching Resources – The BBC learning zone – all age ranges – On-line version of the education newspaper and free resources – you need to register but the quantity of resources is vast – Guardian Education website with free resources – Has mainly primary resources, but also lots of general advice for supply teachers – Free SEN teaching resources – printables and on-screen games – Good resources for all Key Stages – Good resources for all Key Stages – A world of free resources – Links to lots of good resources – all Key Stages very good web links for all Key Stages – Gives you times/routes of buses/trains from your address to schools/nurseries


Primary Teaching Resources – Online version of the magazine, with news and fantastic lesson plans resources for primary – Fantastic primary resources – Has resources for everythingfantastic site for primary teachers sheets for Foundation Stage/KS1, and lots of themed activities (ie. Halloween crafts) – Great free resources, with an international focus – Maths worksheets and resources for KS2


Teaching Assistant Resources – Links and resources of free resources – Lots of good primary resources – No longer updated, but all the past online magazines can be viewed


Secondary Teaching Resources – Online version of the magazine, with news and fantastic lesson plans – Links to good resources and plans for various subject areas – ICT resources for secondary teachers to schemes of work and other resources for one-off lessons and assemblies


Recommended Books:

Michael Parry, 100 Ideas for Primary Supply Teachers: Primary School Edition – Lots of good ideas

Paul Barron, Classroom Gems – Lessons and activities

Paul Black, Inside the Black Box – Assessment for learning

David Hargreaves Publications – Assessment for Learning

Bill Rogers: Effective Supply Teaching – Resource for Supply Teachers

We would also like to remind you that you are very welcome to make use of Key Stage Teacher Supply’s resource library on site.




Published Date: 21st June 2013
Category: General



NQTs – Start your career with Key Stage Teacher Supply

‘We want your time with us to be a rewarding experience’

Graduation is approaching, and so is your future career in teaching.  Key Stage Teacher Supply values the chance to work with the next generation of teachers. As one of our NQTs, our aim is to make your time with us a rewarding experience.

Supply teaching is a viable and useful option, both in terms of its flexibility and the opportunity to gain a wider variety of experience.  Key Stage Teacher Supply have found that our current NQTs feel supply work gives them a deeper insight into the education process – allowing them to observe a wide range of diverse behaviour management strategies and develop new skills.

Why choose to work with Key Stage Teacher Supply?

  • Efficient and friendly service
  • High levels of communication that keep you in regular work
  • Day to day supply to build your confidence and experience across year groups and subject areas
  • Long term assignments (we have very strong relationships with our schools and consequently we are first to hear about current and future vacancies – from maternity cover to permanent positions)
  • Assistance with your Induction year
  • Regular training workshops
  • Access to a wide range of jobs via our 4 branches
  • Daily communication and marketing with our schools regarding candidates
  • Excellent daily rates of pay



“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

Visit our facebook page to find out more.

Contact your local branch for an immediate registration.

Blackburn – 9 Preston New Road Blackburn Lancs BB2 1AR     Tel: 01254 507210

Chorley – 24 St Georges Street Chorley Lancs PR26 7AA               Tel: 01257 240960

Lancaster – Cameron House White Cross South Road Lancaster   LA1 4XF  Tel: 01524 597170

Warrington – Westbrook Crescent Gemini Business park Warrington Tel: 01925 594494

Visit our website


Published Date: 19th June 2013
Category: General



Open Evening at the Blackburn Branch

Do you qualify in Summer?
Are you looking for work for September?
We want to meet you!

Here at the Blackburn branch of Key Stage Teacher Supply, we are holding an Open Evening on Tuesday 2nd July.  The session will run from 3.30pm to 7.00pm, and interviews will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.  Slots are limited so be sure to get in touch soon.  Call us on 01254 507210 to arrange an appointment with one of our Consultants.  We look forward to meeting you!


Published Date: 18th June 2013
Category: General



Callling all Edge Hill University NQT’s 2013

Calling all Edge Hill University NQTs

 Start your career with Key Stage Teacher Supply

Key Stage Teacher Supply was very disappointed that Edge Hill University did not give you the opportunity to meet with supply agencies this year.  Usually they organise an annual teachers career fair which is fantastic and invites over 50 local and national agencies to talk to you about the invaluable benefits and experiences that you can gain from supply teaching.

We feel that you have really missed out on what is another way of starting on  your career path.

Key Stage Teacher Supply  have attended the career fairs for over  5 years and we are delighted to say that over 85 % of the students, that we made contact with at this particular event, were offered regular short and long term  supply work and many even secured permanent work.

Key Stage Teacher Supply, through its network of 4 branches in the North West, support over 300 schools with their supply needs and it is through our long- standing relationship that we are the first to be aware of their short and long term needs and indeed the only agency to be aware of their vacancies.

Key Stage Teacher Supply values the chance to work with the next generation of teachers and as one of our NQTs and we want to make your time with us a rewarding experience. So do not miss out on our latest vacancies and come and join our busy team of NQTs.

In July we have open evenings so check out our Facebook for the dates. Whilst you are there why don’t you ask our current NQTs what experiences they have gained doing supply work through us.

Do not forget you can start working with us immediately.

Looking forward to working with you.



Published Date: 14th June 2013
Category: General



Troops To Teachers Scheme Launched

Ex members of the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force will be lured into teaching with bursaries, salaries during training and fast track qualification courses.

The move could see thousands of former soldiers, sailors and airmen enter classrooms each year and is the latest initiative by the Government to promote a military ethos in schools.

David Laws, Education Minister, said the Troops to Teachers scheme would bring military values of leadership, discipline, motivation and teamwork into the classroom.

It also comes as thousands of forces personnel are losing their jobs. Later this month the Ministry of Defence will detail a further 5,300 job losses for soldiers as part of cuts to bring the regular Army down to 82,000 by 2020.

Mr Laws said: “We want to capture the ethos and talents of those leaving the Armed Forces, and bring this experience into teaching. We know that our highly-skilled servicemen and women can inspire young people and help raise educational attainment.”

Former service members who already have degrees will be able to enrol on one-year graduate teacher training courses with a salary, or £2,000 extra bursary.

Those without degrees, but who have gained technical expertise, or experience as instructors in the forces will be able to start a two year salaried training course after a “rigorous selection process”.

Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary, said: “I would encourage anyone leaving the Services to take the opportunity to pass on their invaluable knowledge and instil respect, discipline and pride in the next generation.”

Around 7,000 former service members have asked about becoming teachers in the past two years, officials said.

The National Union of Teachers warned that keeping control in classrooms was very different to maintaining military discipline and said the profession should only be open to graduates.

Christine Blower, general secretary, said: “Teaching involves a complex mix of knowledge, skills and understanding of child development. Trainees need both a high level of education themselves and thorough teacher training before they can take on the demands of educating our young people.”

She added: “The Government needs to recognise that good behaviour management in the classroom is a very different matter from military discipline.”

Gen Sir Mike Jackson, former head of the Army, rejected the idea that former soldiers, sailors or airmen without degrees did not have the skills needed to teach.

He said: “I know from first-hand experience that ex-Armed Forces personnel have a huge amount to offer across the board. So many of the skills they have learnt in the military – leadership, determination, teamwork, discipline, respect – are naturally transferable to the classroom.

“They also have real knowledge of particular subjects because of the highly technical work they have done in the Forces. They might not have a degree but it would be wrong to suggest they do not possess the necessary skills.”

“These are high-calibre, highly skilled individuals and their knowledge and character can only be of benefit to schools.”


Published Date: 7th June 2013
Category: General