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Monthly Archives: June 2016


NUT strike planned for 5th July

As the membership voted by more than 9 to 1 in favour of industrial action, a one-day strike has been by called by the NUT for Tuesday 5th July. This raises the prospect of widespread school closures, with implications for childcare for parents across the country.

The NUT demands an increase in funding to schools and education as a whole, and guaranteed terms and conditions in all types of schools. They are also calling for the government to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed.

The action follows government proposals to turn all schools into academies, which could mean changes to teachers’ work and pay conditions as decided by a board of governors.

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For information about how this may affect your bookings for next week, please give us a call on 01254 507210.


Published Date: 30th June 2016
Category: News & Events



Supply work available in Cumbria with our Lancaster branch!

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we have always been Lancashire’s local teaching agency with over 300 schools, colleges and nurseries. Over the years, we have further expanded our reach into Cumbria.

Our Lancaster branch covers Kendal, Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness. Milnthorpe, Kirby Lonsdale, Windermere, Carlisle and many more Cumbrian towns and villages. We are the longest-established teaching agency in Cumbria, with our Lancaster branch established in 2006 and growing every year thanks to our three dedicated and hardworking Consultants based there.

So, if you are a teacher or teaching assistant looking for a teaching agency in Lancashire or a teaching agency in Cumbria, we have everything you need under one roof! We also have branches in Blackburn and Chorley, covering Lancashire and Greater Manchester. To discuss registration and the work we have available, call Catherine on 01254 507210, or call our Lancaster Consultants on 01524 507170.


Published Date: 15th June 2016
Category: Lancaster



NQTs – A survival guide…

For everyone coming to the end of their teacher training right now, we have compiled a little survival guide, focusing on different areas of concern for NQTs. All this is based on our long experience in education (over 16 years), and it all applies whether you are on casual supply or in long-term work. Take a look:

In the school:

  • Be familiar with key school policies
  • If unsure about anything,, never be afraid to ask – sounds obvious, but it’s really important.

In the classroom:

  • Treat pupils as individuals – learn names quickly and try your best to build relationships by getting to know them
  • Find out at the very beginning who has SEND or medical needs, and what works best for them – ask your SENCO
  • Have the very highest expectations for behaviours and learning from the outset – it sets the tone for the whole term/year.


  • Model the behaviour you want to see by being courteous at all times
  • Be firm, fair and approachable
  • Always remain calm in the face of poor behaviour, and never take it personally (or give any indication that  you have taken it personally)
  • Always follow the whole-school behaviour policies – it promotes consistency across the school and children like to know where they stand
  • Try to respond proportionately to both positive and inappropriate behaviour – over-praising good behaviour and work in certain children can build resentment in those children who are taken for granted because they are ‘always good’.

General considerations:

  • Invest in the relationship with your mentor and establish mutual expectations from the outset
  • Remember you are not alone – if you experience difficulties, share them with your mentor, colleagues or union representative
  • Pursue all CPD opportunities
  • Actively listen to pupils and colleagues – it’s a graet tool for learning and improving!

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we love to meet and work with NQTs and experienced teachers alike, as everyone brings something unique to our schools and their students. If you would like more information about supply teaching in Lancashire and Cumbria, call Catherine on 01254 507210. We have branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster, serving over 300 local schools, nurseries and colleges.


Published Date: 7th June 2016
Category: NQT



Primary Curriculum Training – July courses at Key Stage

To ensure that our teachers and support staff have the best possible understanding of the 2014 changes to the primary curriculum, we have arranged two training courses for July.

There is an English course running on the 4th and 13th July, and a Mathematics course on the 6th and 11th July – all sessions running at 5.00-7.00pm at Chorley Woodland Conference Centre. Both training courses will focus on year-group specific learning and assessment, and will offer lots of practical ideas for teachers and support staff to apply to their own classrooms.

To book your place on either course (or both), call Catherine on 01254 507210 or email The cost is £25 per complete course (two sessions), payable by cash or cheque.


Published Date: 2nd June 2016
Category: CPD/ Training



The Lancashire Telegraph East Lancashire Schools Awards

We are delighted to announce that we will be be sponsoring the category of Secondary Headteacher of the Year at the Lancashire Telegraph East Lancashire Schools Awards for 2016! The awards will be held at Stanley House Hotel & Spa at Mellor on Thursday 30th June.

It is an honour to be involved in an event that recognises the fantastic work that goes on in schools and nurseries across Lancashire, and their dedicated and hard-working staff. We are really looking forward to it!


Published Date: 1st June 2016
Category: Uncategorized