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Monthly Archives: July 2013


Summer Interviews Available!

Primary and Secondary Teachers!
Are you looking for work in September?
We at the Blackburn branch of Key Stage Teacher Supply have interview slots available in August and September.
Register now to be available for work in the Autumn term.
We look forward to hearing from you!


Published Date: 24th July 2013
Category: General



What are your plans for the summer?

There has been a lot of talk in the news about the future of the six week summer holiday, but for now you still have a lovely long break to look forward to. We at Key Stage are all very jealous … but we wish you a lovely summer – whether you are working elsewhere, going away, or relaxing at home.

Perhaps you haven’t made any particular plans yet. If you have the time and are stuck for ideas, then how about some voluntary work abroad? These sites offer links to some fantastic opportunities in a wide range of locations:

Alternatively, there are ways to get involved much closer to home:

Whatever you do, have a great summer!


Published Date: 19th July 2013
Category: General



Feedback from the Phonics Workshop

We hope everyone who attended the Phonics workshop last Thursday, run by Edge Hill university, enjoyed and gained something from it!  We got some really positive feedback and just wanted to share the feedback from one of our Teachers from Blackburn:

“Working as a day to day supply teacher in Primary Schools with little access to training on recent government initiatives, I am regularly challenged with teaching phonics, which I find quite tricky.  This course was therefore extremely useful and a revelation to me in terms of the standards schools are expected to reach in teaching phonics.  Catherine (the course tutor) gave lots of great tips and ideas along with resource references in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.”

We thought it would be helpful to those who could not attend to include some of the resources that were mentioned in the workshop.  Please see the links below for different websites/videos that can be a useful aid when teaching/supporting phonics lessons.

A video about the alphabetic code & sounds:

The following link gives you the Rose report, “Independent review of the teaching of early reading”, in a PDF format:

We shall advise you shortly of our future workshops for 2013-2014.




Published Date: 2nd July 2013
Category: General