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Monthly Archives: December 2016


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From everyone at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Our offices are closed now until Tuesday 3rd January, but you can contact us by phone on all three of our branch numbers:

Blackburn – 01254 507210

Chorley – 01257 240960

Lancaster – 01524 597170

See you in the New Year! (It’s going to be a busy one!)


Published Date: 23rd December 2016
Category: General, Uncategorized



SEND and your classroom

As is says in the code of practice for teachers in England, “every teacher is a teacher of SEND”. It is the right of children with SEND to attend mainstream schools, and to receive the very best quality teaching and learning that meets their needs.

At Key Stage Teacher Supply, we know our staff are very interested in this subject, which is why we regularly arrange formal training in areas relating to SEND. Here are a few more general tips for teachers:

  • Read the child’s file (EHCP – Education, Health and Care plan) or statement of SEN. It contains information, observations and recommendations, and therefore helps you to plan small, stepped targets that are measurable. This is your job, not the SENCO or Teaching Assistant’s.
  • Research the child’s condition if you don’t know much about it. Some conditions will have national associations, with access to advice, training and good websites.
  • Parents are important, and they are an invaluable source of information. Getting them in for a chat about their child shows that you are keen to learn more, and will help to develop a really positive relationship.
  • Ask the child about their learning preferences – for instance, maybe they prefer one-to-one support in full class teaching sessions, or they may prefer to sit with everyone else and then have a recap with you of their TA. This may throw up a few surprises, and their input is certainly more important than everyone else’s!

Interested in developing your SEND experience as a teacher or teaching assistant/nursery nurse? Please get in touch with you local branch so that the Consultants can take your career development into account when placing you in bookings.

If you are interested in registering with our Blackburn, Chorley or Lancaster branches, please call Catherine on 01254 507210.


Published Date: 16th December 2016
Category: CPD/ Training, Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching



NQTs and Career Progression

We know that your first year of teaching is a very busy one, and that you will still be developing your subject knowledge, teaching style and methods of planning and assessment. However, there is no harm in thinking about what comes next, and career progression does not have to be something for the distant future. Teachers who are pro-active about moving on to leadership early in their careers can move up the ladder very rapidly

For all you Newly Qualified Teachers who were lucky enough to secure positions this year (or last year)and who now have an eye to the future, here are a few tips:

  • Never forget your core purpose, which is high quality teaching and learning, and keep that in mind in every conversation with student. parents and staff. Teachers who are focused on excellence will make a favourable impression on everyone they encounter in school.
  • Work hard, but be happy! It is important to be resilient if you are to progress to a leadership position.
  • Seek opportunities to speak publicly to adults (not just children!) This will not go unnoticed, as it shows you are willing to take on the more potentially unnerving aspects of a leadership role.
  • Take your development seriously. Consider starting an extra-curricular club, take advice from experienced colleagues, join a governing body and start to read about leadership – taking care to balance all this with your teaching commitments.

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we are always keen to place NQTs in their first long-term position, as we have done so for hundreds of candidates over the years. To find out more about registration and the work we have available, call Catherine on 01254 507210.


Published Date: 9th December 2016
Category: Key Stage Supply, NQT



Advent! A countdown to your new job?

What would you like for Christmas?

A new job to start the new year?

Then maybe you should register with Key Stage Teacher Supply…

We work with over 300 schools and nurseries across Lancashire and Cumbria, and we place teachers, cover supervisors, teaching assistants and nursery nurses in short and long-term supply bookings every day.

To find out more, call Catherine on 01524 507210.


Published Date: 1st December 2016
Category: Key Stage Supply, News & Events, Uncategorized