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Monthly Archives: October 2013


Happy 13th Birthday Key Stage Teacher Supply

Unlucky for some…

But not for Key Stage Teacher Supply! We opened our doors in Blackburn with Darwen 13 years ago on the 31st October 2000.

‘And what a fantastic journey it has been’, says  Jane Scott, Nick Bailey and Claire Gibson – Directors of Key Stage Teacher Supply.

We saw the opportunity to support our schools with quality and fully vetted  teachers and support staff at affordable costs, and saw the necessity to  provide a high level of customer care. Taking time to understand the needs of our schools and nurseries, quickly finding the best solution whilst supporting the school with a consistent level of customer care – all the while displaying integrity and honesty. This has always been our formula. Through this, we are so delighted to be going into our 14th year with 4 successful branches that are run by a truly dedicated team – and also to be the leading independent education agency in the North West.

Being ahead of our competitors, and yet remaining close to our values, is what we have strived to achieve throughout some challenging times in the last 13 years. It is thanks to the support of our candidates and schools that we have achieved this.

So… Happy 13th Birthday Key Stage Teacher Supply!

Happy 13th Birthday

Happy 13th Birthday


Published Date: 31st October 2013
Category: News & Events



Teaching assistants – ever thought of working on supply?

Have you got recent experience of working as a teaching assistant?

At Key Stage Teacher Supply, we can offer fantastic employment opportunities to suitable candidates. We are always happy to recruit people who either have significant experience of teaching assistant work, or who hold level 2 or 3 NVQ/equivalent in an education-related qualification – subject to references and other checks.

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we can offer teaching assistants the valuable opportunity to experience a wide range of learning environments.  We work with primary schools, secondary schools, children’s centres and private nurseries. The work is varied, and includes:

  • SEN support
  • Behaviour management support
  • EAL support
  • Cover supervisory work
  • HLTA cover
  • Nursery nurse cover
  • Exam Invigilation
  • Learning mentor cover


Our existing support staff – teaching assistants and nursery nurses – have proven themselves to be highly professional. Many are asked back to schools and nurseries by name, and have the potential to be offered permanent posts as a result of their competant track records with Key Stage Teacher Supply.

We can offer our staff:

  • Flexible work
  • Enhanced experience and opportunities
  • Competitive hourly rates of pay
  • Friendly, efficient and professional office staff
  • Day to day work, short and long term positions.


Please contact one of the four branches of Key Stage Teacher Supply if you are interested – Blackburn 01254 507210, Chorley 01257 240960, Lancaster 01524 597170 and Warrington 01925 594494.


Published Date: 29th October 2013
Category: Teaching Assistants



Nick Clegg calls for tighter controls on ‘free’ schools

Nick Clegg has, in a speech made today, insisted that handing more freedom to individual schools must be underpinned by safeguards to ensure that minimum standards are met.

He wants academies and free schools to be forced to employ only qualified teachers and teach the national curriculum like other schools.

In a move to distance the Lib Dems from Tory education policy, he has criticised the Conservative promotion of free schools and academies, stating that parents are much more interested in good quality teaching, a solid curriculum and suitable school meals than what sort of school their child attends.

‘All I ask is that we seek to deliver the same balance of freedoms and core standards in all schools.’

He was also critical of the apparent contradiction in promoting free schools – with their unqualified teachers and freedom from the curriculum – and the Conservative desire to ‘micro-manage’ the curriculum content of maintained schools.  In turn. Labour have accused him of hypocrisy, as Coalition policies have promoted free schools and their employment of unqualified teachers.

All this follows the closure of the Al Madinah free school in Derby – condemned as failing by Ofsted – and the sacking of the Head of Pimlico Free School in London, who had no teaching experience.


Published Date: 24th October 2013
Category: News & Events



Exciting Training Opportunity with Key Stage Teacher Supply

Questioning for Learning

Did you know….?

Teachers ask up to 400 questions in a day.
That’s around 70,000 a year!
That’s two or three million questions in the course of a career!

So shouldn’t we make them good ones?

Questioning is the most common form of interaction between teacher and pupil, and is an element of virtually every type and model of lesson.  But it is often a part of classroom teaching that is neglected. This course will consider the reasons why questioning is so important, look into what makes effective questioning and investigate ways of structuring questions to ensure that all pupils are challenged appropriately.
Questioning for Learning workshop on Thursday 28th November 2013

As part of Key Stage Teacher Supply’s commitment to your CPD, we are delighted to work in partnership with Edge Hill University who shall be delivering a workshop on Questioning for Learning.

Venue: Woodlands Conference Centre, Southport Road, Chorley PR7 1QR
(For those in the Lancaster area, we are looking at an alternative venue – although you are more than welcome to attend in Chorley).

Time: 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm – please arrive 15 minutes early for refreshments

Cost: £20.00

This course is open to everyone, not just staff registered with Key Stage Teacher Supply. We feel it is equally applicable to support staff and teaching staff, across primary and secondary.

Book now!

We anticipate a lot of interest in this workshop so book your place now to avoid disappointment.
(We will require payment by cash or cheque to secure your place).

If you are interested, please email

The team at Key Stage Teacher Supply look forward to seeing you on the 28th November.



Published Date: 23rd October 2013
Category: CPD/ Training



MA in Education @ Edge Hill – A Great CPD Opportunity

Key Stage Teacher Supply are very happy to be able to support teachers’ Continuing Professional Development in partnership with Edge Hill University.

Further to our previous blog, it seems worthwhile to emphasise that the MA in Education could be a particularly good move for teachers working on supply. Perhaps you have worked on supply for some time, and feel that you have missed some of the career progression that can come with staying in the same setting for a long period of time. In this situation, the MA can demonstrate your willingness and capability to undertake Continuing Professional Development.

Key Stage Teacher Supply is committed to assisting our staff wherever possible in terms of career advancement, and also in working to improve existing best practice in schools – which is the ultimate aim of the Edge Hill MA course.


Published Date: 23rd October 2013
Category: CPD/ Training, Key Stage Supply



Ever thought of a career in Recruitment?

Due to a growth at Key Stage Teacher Supply, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Recruitment Assistant in our well established Lancaster team.

The successful candidate will;

•be an integral member of the team and will develop and maintain relationships with our new and existing schools and our candidates and you will be committed to delivering an excellent and compliant level of service at all times.
•have a professional telephone manner, comfortable in speaking with candidates and clients at all levels.
•be responsible for resourcing new candidates to the database by various methods of advertising, marketing activity and use of social media.
•assisting the Branch Manager and Recruitment Consultant in organsing assignments for our candidates.
•be organised and display accurate adminstrative skills.
•be computer literate with a good undertanding of excel and word.
• be a self-starter, who can work on their own initiative and enjoy the challenge of working to deadlines, often under pressure within a small team environment.
•have a flexible and resilient approach to work.
•the core operational hours of 8.30 am to 5pm but you will be required to share the on- call requirement of 7.30 am – 9 pm.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a sales and/or customer service background, be creative and have a ‘can do’ attitude towards work.

If you would like to be considered for this exciting position then contact Andrea on 01524 597170 or email on


Published Date: 23rd October 2013
Category: Lancaster



MA Education @ Edge Hill University

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we have a partnership with Edge Hill University, which supports our teaching staff in accessing their CPD. If you are looking to further your career with a move into leadership, then the MA in Education may be the next step.

The MA in Education offered by Edge HIll is setting-led, flexible and personalised to your individual professional needs. Fully focused on the impact of outstanding practice on the outcomes and achievements of learners, it is aimed at teachers, lecturers and educational practitioners who lead and support learning in a wide variety of settings.

This practice-based programme has three phases, each of which provides a structure for professional development. The focus is on the evaluation and successful improvement of current ‘best’ practice, to inform and drive ‘next’ practice. This can also be linked to whole-setting improvement priorities.

The three phases:

Phase 1 – Investigating Practice – PG Certificate in Education

Phase 2 – Developing Practice – PG Diploma in Education

Phase 3 – Embedding Improved Practice – MA Education

Assessments are completed through evaluation of your portfolio, in which you will evidence how you deal with complex issues through critical reflection and evaluation informed by current thinking.  If you have any previous Masters/Level 7 credits, then you can apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning AP(E)L. In addition, if you have completed any nationally recognised courses, such as NPQH, Leading from the Middle, Leadership Pathways or National PSHE Programme then you can apply to have these accredited by completing an AP(E)L form and providing evidence of completion.

The Education Professional Development application form can be downloaded from the Edge Hill website If you have any queries about the programme or about tuition fees, then please contact the Professional Development Education Team at


Published Date: 21st October 2013
Category: Key Stage Supply



Key Stage Teacher Supply introduces Pension Auto- Enrolment April 2014

Pension Auto-enrolment

From April 2014 Key Stage Teacher Supply will be enrolling all qualifying Supply Staff onto a workplace pension scheme. This is a significant change in government policy to help workers achieve a reasonable pension that might otherwise not be attainable under the current state pension scheme due to the fact that people are living longer therefore claiming a pension for longer than previous generations.

Who does it cover?

Any job holder who has worked more than 1 week, and aged between 22 and state pension age earning between £5,668 and £41,450 per annum. Because of the nature of temporary work, your enrolment may be deferred up to 3 months, after that time you must be enrolled on a scheme.

Who will be the Key Stage Teacher Supply  pension provider?

We are going to use the government sponsored NEST Scheme

How much do I contribute?

Initially the minimum contribution will be 2% that is 1% from you and 1% from Key Stage rising over time to 8% in 2018 of which Key Stage will contribute 3%. Your contribution will be eligible for tax relief.

Can I opt out of the scheme?

Key Stage cannot give advice on your pension or discuss opt-out. You may decide to opt out, but initially you will have to be enrolled by law then if you decide to opt out, you can ask for an opt-out form from NEST. You can also discuss any questions with NEST or the pensions advisory service

What if I work for different agencies?

You may over your working life have numerous pension scheme pots as different agencies and employers will use different pension providers.

What next?

Nearer our Staging Date we will be contacting you with access to all the information we have on the scheme


Published Date: 14th October 2013
Category: News & Events