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Supply teaching – winning repeat business!

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we want our supply teachers, teaching assistants and nursery nurses to be asked back to the schools that they visit. If a school is happy with one of our members of staff, then so are we. And so are the children. And so is the teacher! Its a win-win-win-win!

Here are a few tips to ensure that you make a good impression:

  • Smile – you would be surprised how much of a difference this makes. Agencies like ours often hear positive feedback about ‘smiley’ teachers and support staff – it seems to be a memorable trait!
  • Be on time – be clear about where you are going and set off in plenty of time. It sounds obvious, but staff who are late won’t usually be asked to come back.
  • Volunteer for playground duty – for obvious reasons, this will go down well. It also gives you the opportunity to meet and get to know the children.
  • Leave a note – it is really important to leave the returning teacher an indication of how the day went, which work was completed, who did well, etc. Key Stage Teacher Supply will provide you with a ‘handover notes’ format to use.
  • Say goodbye – it is important to make someone in the school office aware when you are leaving.This is also an opportunity to say thankyou for a lovely day (hopefully), and to mention that you would like to come back in future.

If you would like to discuss the supply work we have available across Lancashire and Cumbria, then please give Catherine a call on 01254 507210.


Published Date: 11th August 2015
Category: Supply Teaching



9 reasons why supply teaching is right for you

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we know that there are as many reasons that people register for supply as there are supply teachers. With that in mind, we still have a list of 9 particularly good reasons to consider supply teaching, and here they are….


When you are used to conforming to term times for your holidays (and often missing special occasions) it is quite a novelty to book a holiday in June, or be able to take a day off for your birthday in November! You are always free to take time for yourself on supply – unless you are in a long-term booking of course.


Being a supply teacher is essentially freelance work, retaining your professional status and remaining up-to-date with CPD of course. Here at Key Stage, we run CPD programmes all year, so you don’t fall behind your peers while you are enjoying your autonomy and freedom.


Regularly seeing new schools, staff and children will broaden your experience and expose you to new ideas and methods of teaching. This can only be a good thing, as it develops your knowledge and experience – even if you don’t adopt every single new method you see.


With all the freedom you need to set the number of days you would like to work (and where), supply teaching is ideal for retired teachers who want to keep their skills current.

New Hobbies

If you develop outside interests that take up a lot of your spare time, supply teaching gives you the time and flexibility to really pursue them. While it’s important to give a day’s supply work your full commitment – doing all the necessary marking and notes, etc – there’s no denying that supply teachers get a lot more free time in the evenings and holidays.


Following relocation, supply teaching is a great way to see the local schools while you are applying for longer term. It gets you known in lots of schools in a short period of time – ideal for job seekers.

Taking a test drive

A similar point to the one above, supply teaching allows you to see a new school on a short-term basis before you apply for jobs there.

Return to teaching

For teachers who have been away from the profession for a while, supply teaching will enable you to add up-to-date experience to your CV – essential for gaining employment in a school again. It proves renewed commitment and interest in teaching, and reassures employers that your experience is up-to-date again.

Earn as you learn

If you start a new qualification, a full-time job as a teacher can be very hard to juggle with study. The flexibility afforded by supply teaching will allow you the time to complete your studies whilst working (virtually) full-time. It’s a win-win situation!

If you would to discuss registration,  please call Catherine on 01254 507210. We have offices in Blackburn, Chorley or Lancaster, covering pver 300 schools acoss Lancashire and cumbria.


Published Date: 10th August 2015
Category: Supply Teaching