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Interview skills for teachers

Interviews for teaching posts come in several forms, but are always tough, rigorous and – above all – nerve-wracking for the interviewee.  The internet is full of hints and tips for interview success, some of which are contradictory. The links below are focused specifically on education jobs, and are particularly useful.

This interactive mock-interview is particularly handy, as the answers you choose lead to a variety of related follow-up questions. Really good for thinking through possible questions and preparing yourself.

This Guardian article is an amusing but very sensible source of advice, and there are links to interesting related articles:

The basic message to take away from these and other sources of advice is to prepare thoroughly and stay calm, and it’s hard to imagine going too far wrong if you do. Best of luck!



Published Date: 24th January 2014
Category: General



Key Stage Teacher Supply – A great choice for NQTs

When deciding the next step to take in your career at the end of your teacher training, supply work can be a fantastic, positive option.   We at Key Stage Teacher Supply pride ourselves on the number of NQTs that have begun their career with us.  They have been able to experience a wide range of learning environments, practising a variety of teaching and learning styles and strengthening their classroom management skills.

‘After deciding that I didn’t want to go straight into a full time job after qualifying, I thought that doing supply teaching would be the best thing for me.  Four months in, and I can definitely say that I am loving my time on supply… My first day on supply was teaching in a Year 1 class. I was very nervous but the girls were very supportive, providing me with lots of information to help me prepare. I have worked at this school many times since.  The girls have managed to get me lots of work at different places and I regularly go back.  I believe that I have had a much better experience as an NQT than my friends who went into full time teaching posts, as I have had to adopt many more teaching approaches and I have managed to pinch lots of successful teaching and management ideas. This has also improved my confidence.’
N. White, Supply Primary Teacher

It is possible to register with Key Stage Teacher Supply before you have completed your NQT year, as you can work as a teaching assistant or unqualified teacher before your training is complete. To register, call us on 01254 507210 (Blackburn), 01257 240960 (Chorley), 01524 597170 (Lancaster) or 01925 594494 (Warrington).


Published Date: 16th January 2014
Category: News & Events



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Published Date: 12th January 2014
Category: News & Events




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In 2007 the BBC reported:

Modern foreign language lessons are to be compulsory for the first time in England’s primary schools. Education Secretary Alan Johnson backs the recommendation of a review by Lord Dearing that all children should learn a language from the age of seven. This should happen by 2010, as part of the next curriculum overhaul”

Now in 2014,  it is to become compulsory! Primary schools are now to include Languages across Key Stage 2, as part of the curriculum. Children aged seven to eleven will be required to reach a high standard of written and spoken communication in one of seven languages, including: French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Latin and Greek.

This link to an article from The Guardian,  explains how some primary schools have already started preparing for the change in the curriculum and some issues which may arise for some schools.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this  Do you agree or disagree that we need to be introducing languages to primary children?  Which language do you think would be the most important one for children to learn today?







Published Date: 8th January 2014
Category: News & Events