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Monthly Archives: October 2014


Work in the Education Sector – The range of jobs available to you

Within the Education sector, there are a surprisingly wide array of jobs available to you. Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we have short and long-term supply work available in local schools across the North West. We cover all of Lancashire and Cumbria, with branch offices in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster. We supply our schools and nurseries with high-quality staff who work in lots of different job roles.

  • For our nurseries, we supply Nursery Nurses, Nursery Assistants, Nursery Managers and Deputy Nursery Managers, as well as skilled administrative staff.
  • Within Primary schools, there are jobs available for those with QTS or EYTS as Primary Teachers and Early Years Teachers. We also require Teaching Assistants and Nursery Nurses, as well as qualified staff to work in a variety of leadership roles.
  • Secondary schools require supply Teaching Assistants, specialist subject Teachers, Cover Supervisors and Exam Invigilators. Secondary schools require a particularly wide array of senior leaders.

If you are interested in short or long-term work in any of the above roles, please call Catherine on 01254 507210 to discuss the employment opportunities we have available.


Published Date: 28th October 2014
Category: Supply Teaching



Time Management – An important skill for NQTs

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we want our NQTs to have the best possible start to their careers. Supply teaching is a great preparation for a long and successful career, but it comes with the same time-management challeges as other teaching work – particularly in longer-term bookings.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed as a new teacher, particularly when you become aware of all that the job entails. Teaching is rewarding and demanding, so it’s best to develop your time management skill at the earliest opportunity. Doing so will amplify the rewards and minimise the demands. One of the important elements of time management is being able to create a boundary between your workl and your personal life. This will never be set in stone – but whatever works best for you, stick to it.

Whatever you do, try to make sure you don’t end up working at every opportunity. Not only do you deserve free time, but planning your working hours will mean you’re more capable as a teacher.

Prioritise. Making lists can be a big help, but also try to split your tasks into 3 categories: ‘urgent’, ‘important’ and ‘can wait’. By doing so, you can map your work more easily and avoid missed deadlines.

Remember you are not alone. Your mentors and tutors are there for a reason, but they may not want to interfere unless appraoched. And don’t forget the staffroom can be a great learning environment, as well as a place to relax.

If you are interested in supply work in Lancashire or Cumbria, then we have both short and longer-term work available in schools local to our Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster branches. Call Catherine on 01254 507210 for more information.


Published Date: 23rd October 2014
Category: NQT, Uncategorized



Behaviour management tips for supply staff

As part of our promise to you and our schools, Key Stage Teacher Supply aims to give you access to the support you need to develop your behaviour and classroom management skills. The ability to demonstrate strong behaviour management strategies will give you a huge advantage in securing future work, and will also make your day that little bit easier!

Follow these simple rules for effective behaviour management:


Do prepare thoroughly in advance, if you fail to prepare you have prepared to fail!

Do inform the pupils that you are writing up an overview of the day to leave with their teacher.

Do get to know names and use them throughout the lessons – draw up a seating plan if you have time.

Do separate behaviour from the pupil (ie. talk about the behaviour as an object).

Do create inventive lessons – make use of props that will attract your pupils’ attention.

Do use a countdown to obtain silence, clapping your hands for attention (primary only).

Do emphasise the good behaviour in the classroom instead of the bad.

Do show consistency and be fair in your actions.

Dress with authority to gain respect.

Do give pupils a choice to behave well – ‘You can chose to follow my request, if you don’t there will be a consequence’.

Do praise the students on either side of a student (bracketing).

Do use humour if you can.

Do use questions such as ‘Who walked to school this morning?’ to re-focus attention on you.

Do use treats and rewards for good behaviour.

Do end the day properly by allowing a bit of time to wind down, answer questions, put equipment away.


Don’t raise your voice or shout.

Dont display anger or negative emotions – this is not only inappropriate, but will also put you in a vulnerable position.

Don’t give your pupils the impression you are there just to supervise them – remember you are there to teach!

Don’t give out whole class detentions.

Don’t use ambiguous instructions.

Don’t use open-ended questions when addressing a situation as this gives the pupil scope for further negative behaviour.

Don’t protect pupils from the consequences of their action or lack of action.

Don’t allow lessons to overrun – as rushing for lunch, assembly, etc, creates opportunities for negative behaviour.


Follow these rules for a successful supply teaching experience!







Published Date: 13th October 2014
Category: Supply Teaching



Primary trained teachers – we want to hear from you!

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we have short and long-term supply teaching work for primary qualified teachers.

Across our branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster, we work with hundreds of primary schools across Lancashire and Cumbria. We are looking for supply teachers with experience in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

We can offer local work, competitive rates of pay, flexible work to suit you, and friendly staff who work hard to match your work to your needs.

For more information, call Catherine on 01254 507210, or email your CV to We look forward to hearing from you!


Published Date: 8th October 2014
Category: Key Stage Supply