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Monthly Archives: February 2015


Liverpool Hope University – Teaching & Education Recruitment Fair – 25th February 2015

Are you passionate about pursuing a career in Education and want to speak to Key Stage Teacher Supply about securing you your first teaching role? Do you want to know what opportunities are available to you after you finish your degree?

The fair will be attended by 30 organisations – including Key Stage Teacher Supply – looking to recruit NQTs. As well as Education Recruitment Agencies, representatives from Education Authorities nationwide and the Catholic Church based Schools Direct will be present. There will also be a variety of talks and workshops on the day.

Supply is a fantastic way for NQTs to launch a new career in teaching, and here at Key Stage teacher Supply, we have day-to-day and long-term opprtunities available across the North West. We have branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster, with local work in over 300 schools, colleges and nurseries. Get in touch with Catherine on 01254 507210 to find out more.


Published Date: 25th February 2015
Category: Events and Conferences



Nursery Nurses wanted for Lancashire & Cumbria

Key Stage Teacher Supply are looking for qualified Nursery Nurses to work on short and long-term assignments across Lancashire and Cumbria. We are the supply agency favoured by nurseries throughout the North West, which means regular, local nursery supply work available for you.

We have supply nursery nurse work available all year round in private nurseries, council-run Children’s Centres and Foundation Stage units within schools. Call Catherine on 01254 507210 for more information.


Published Date: 19th February 2015
Category: Uncategorized



Tackling Low-Level Disruption for a Happy Classroom

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we are aware of the impact of low-level disruption (chattering, fidgeting with equipment) on an otherwise brilliantly planned and executed lesson. With that in mind, we would like to share a few tactics to deploy when minor disruptions add up to a major problem.


Body language

Want to avoid a full-blown tantrum, and make it easier and less embarassing for the child to back down? Just walk towards them, making sure they can see you, and address them quietly – projecting an air of quiet authority (try your best). Language helps too – offering choices allows the child to retain a sense of control.

Don’t be too funny

Sometimes learning is hard and, frankly, a bit boring. Just real life. Don’t give in to the temptation to constantly ‘entertain’ and avoid difficult/unpopular work.


This is crucial – get your seating plan right and stick to it. Best friends can chat at play-time, not in class.

Be consistent

With rules, rewards, consequences, everything. We know you are only human, but the better you manage this sort of thing, the better your class will understand what is expected of them.

Don’t be afraid of reasonable punishments

In adult life, some behaviours attract negative consequences – the same needs to apply in early life. Simple. Sometimes students will be upset and you will feel bad, but it doesn’t mean you are wrong to set and apply reasonable punishments for unacceptable behaviour.

Make use of whole-school systems

The class moves through the school knowing basically what to expect in terms of rules, rewards and consequences. It isn’t helpful if you change things too much when they get to your class.

Keep a record

Perhaps keep an annotated class list to keep track of the number of incidents related to any one student – this makes it easier to apply rewards and consequences fairly. This is a bit tricky to keep on top of, but it’s well worth it – as it gives you a clear overview of the situation at a glance.


There is no magic spell to keep all children attentive, all of the time, but the above will certainly help you keep the focus where it should be – on learning. Good luck!


Published Date: 3rd February 2015
Category: Supply Teaching