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Monthly Archives: February 2014


Yet again another successful CPD workshop run Edge Hill University

‘Making sure that our supply team can access CPD is vital to our company’s commitment  to  schools and children that we only provide the most competent teachers’.

That is why Key Stage Teacher Supply works in partnership with Edge Hill University to deliver up to date, engaging and relevant CPD workshops.

‘Questioning for Learning’ was our latest workshop which was held at Lancaster University last night. It was well received by our primary and secondary teachers and even our teaching assistants.

Great feedback

‘Helped to reflect on my own teaching  and the way I use questions’.

‘Fantastic workshop. It was so useful to develop questioning skills particularily when faced with a brand new class.  I came a way with great handouts on different questions to help me  assess the  level of knowledge and understanding that the class has at beginning middle and end of lesson’.

Keep an eye on our website for future workshops held in Chorley and Lancaster.





Published Date: 26th February 2014
Category: CPD/ Training



Are you a 2014 NQT?

Well here we are already, it’s half term and we are officially half way through the academic year!

For all you qualified teachers and NQTs it is time for you to reflect upon the last half term and recharge your batteries! However for those who are due to qualify in 2014, now is the time to start thinking about what next academic year will bring!

Here at Key Stage, we understand that applying for jobs can be a daunting prospect for new NQTS – however supply teaching can be the perfect opportunity to kick-start your career.  I am sure you have all seen in the news that over 50% of NQTs drop out in the first 5 years of teaching; by building your knowledge of local schools on supply you can make sure you get the right teaching role for you!

Never see supply teaching as a ‘back up’ for permanent teaching roles, but as a fantastic opportunity to build upon your experience and confidence by working in a variety of schools!

Even if you are able to secure a role for September, you can keep yourself in the classroom working as a teaching assistant, HLTA or unqualified teacher until you receive your teaching qualification.

If you are currently doing your teacher training and have any queries, please contact your local branch for more details- we would love to hear from you!


Published Date: 19th February 2014
Category: NQT



We just love our job !

Our  dedicated, fun loving and hard working  teams in our Branches in Chorley, Blackburn, Lancaster and Warrington just love finding you supply work in Lancashire and Cumbria.

With over 80 years recruitment experience between us, we are confident to match you to the right school or nursery and if you are happy, we certainly are !

It really means a lot to us when we get feedback about our service and what our candidates say about us. It just gives us great job satisfaction in knowing that both you and the children have had a great day of learning.

This is so important to us.




Published Date: 19th February 2014
Category: General



Questioning for Learning workshop at the University of Lancaster

Teachers ask up to two questions every minute.

That’s up to 400 in a day.

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.

Key Stage Teacher Supply in conjunction with the University of Edge Hill are delighted to be able to offer you a real engaging  workshop on the 25th February  5pm – 7pm.

We have 5 places left  ! Contact Shauna on 01524 597170.

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.



Published Date: 17th February 2014
Category: Lancaster



Compliance+ welcomed by School Business Managers around Lancashire

Key Stage Teacher Supply was delighted to be one of the main sponsors at the Lancashire Association of School Business Managers (LASBM) annual conference held at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Accrington Lancashire.

What a successful event which brought together over 90 bursars and business managers from nurseries, primary and secondary schools and academies throughout Lancashire.

Jane Scott, our Managing Director had the opportunity to present to the audience about the services of Key Stage Teacher Supply and to also share the benefits of Compliance+, the new best standard in education recruitment.

‘Having the grave yard  slot after lunch is always a tricky one, commented Jane, but I am delighted how the presentation went and having over 20 of our current schools in the audience was a great help so a big thank you to all those that endorsed our company on the day’.

‘Key Stage Teacher Supply has always operated  to high standards of  recruitment practice  but being accredited to Compliance+  gives  our schools even  greater confidence  in our company and it should be  a consideration to schools when selecting a recruitment partner that they look out  for the Compliance+ logo’.

Thank you to Sue Edwards, the LASBM chair, and her  team for organising a fantastic  conference.


Published Date: 16th February 2014
Category: Events and Conferences