Work/Life Balance Week

Work/Life Balance Week

As it’s work/life balance week, we take a look at why supply teaching supports a healthy lifestyle. Words are important and the subtlety of some phrases can say a lot subconsciously. The term ‘work-life balance’ has been increasingly used and is embedded into...
Work/Life Balance Week

World Teacher’s Day

As we celebrate World Teacher’s Day and say ‘thank you’ for the great work they do, we take a look at why supply teaching may be for you. Supply teaching is a great opportunity for many reasons and can be an option that makes a real difference to not...
Today is European Day of Languages

Today is European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages is celebrated every year on 26th September and now in its seventeenth year. What is European Day of Languages? Europe enjoys a rich diversity of language and cultures with 200 European languages, 24 Official European languages and around...
International Happiness at Work Week

International Happiness at Work Week

As we celebrate International Happiness at Work Week, we look at why it’s important and what Operam Education Group branches do to create a happy workforce. The world recognises the importance of people being happy at work as it affects the level of happiness in other...
Work/Life Balance Week

Celebrating our supply Teaching Assistants

As we celebrate National Teaching Assistants’ Day and we thank all our supply TAs who are so committed to doing  a great job, day in day out, we want to showcase two of our TAs who go above and beyond, according to great feedback from the schools they have been...
National Teaching Assistants’ Day

National Teaching Assistants’ Day

As we celebrate National Teaching Assistants’ Day, we look at the role of a TA and why you may want to become one. The role of a Teaching Assistant is key for today’s education and raises the standard of teaching from class groups to individual student support. In the...
Why is literacy so important?

Why is literacy so important?

Today is ‘National Read A Book Day’ and it is ‘International Literacy Day’ on the 8th September. So, as we celebrate two literacy linked days this week, we thought we would look at why is literacy is so important. “From the day our children are born, to the day they...
Outbreak management plans

Outbreak management plans

On the return to schools in September, as yet there is no requirement in England to wear masks, maintain bubbles etc but the government have advised schools to devise their own outbreak management plans. Here we consider what they could look like and when they may be...
National Teaching Assistants’ Day

The widening academic attainment gap

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) along with the University of Exeter carried out research and found that UK pupils have lost out on a third of their learning due to the pandemic. The findings include time students spent on home lessons during...
Covid rules update.

Covid rules update.

The start of term is getting closer, so we wanted to remind you of the latest Covid rules in preparation for your safe return to school. As from 16th August, anyone who has had two doses of a Covid vaccine (at least 14 days before encountering a positive case) or is...
Why ECTs should consider supply teaching

Why ECTs should consider supply teaching

Starting your career as an ECT and working as a supply teacher gives you the perfect platform to gain real classroom experience, whilst getting all the support you need to help you through your 2-year induction period. ECTs tell us that going straight into supply work...
Daily Covid testing v 10 day isolation explained

Daily Covid testing v 10 day isolation explained

From August 16, children in England will only need to self-isolate if they have tested positive for Covid-19, a practice which will continue into the new academic year according to current guidance.  We take a look at the latest research that underpins this decision...
Record Retention Policy

Record Retention Policy

Key Stage Teacher Supply ensures that all records are kept in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. Extra care is taken with all sensitive and personal data (e.g. information captured in the Equal Opportunities Form, CVs and our Customer...
Allegations & Misconduct Policy

Allegations & Misconduct Policy

Key Stage Teacher Supply follows strict standards in order to ensure that all candidates that we supply to our clients are of the highest professional and personal calibre. To adhere to these standards, we undertake a continuous process of quality control involving...
School Covid-19 vaccination update

School Covid-19 vaccination update

As 1 million children were out of school last week, only 47,000 of those actually had Covid – the rest were defined as close contacts so had to self-isolate and stay off school. These figures come as the latest government announcement stated that children aged...
Virtual Registration Sessions

Virtual Registration Sessions

Looking for a new role in September? We’re resource planning for schools across the North West region including Early Years, Primary and Secondary, whether you’re a qualified teacher, ECT or support staff – we’ll have positions to suit you!...
20 staying home summer activities

20 staying home summer activities

This year has been extremely demanding for schools, staff and pupils; the end is now in sight for that summer break you may have been looking forward to, however, if you are not going abroad this year and not been able to book a domestic getaway, after your initial...
A summary of rule changes

A summary of rule changes

Summary of new rules For some time, it has been increasingly felt how much children and students have lost not only due to lockdowns, but the continued isolation with school bubbles and close contact self-isolation rules. The Department for Education figures show that...
National Teaching Assistants’ Day

Children’s art Day

The 6th of July 2021 is Children’s Art Day, part of Children’s Art Week normally run by Engage – the National Association for Gallery Education and supported by the Arts Council. However, due to the pandemic, plans have been halted and instead teachers...
Virtual Registration Sessions

Tips for teaching self-isolating pupils

As the number of people who are contracting Covid-19 continue to grow, the impact in schools is being felt. Just last week more than 170,000 pupils were self-isolating as close contacts, mostly in secondary schools, because of the track and trace system and the need...
A summary of rule changes

World Wellbeing Week

First founded 3 years ago in Jersey, the Channel Islands, World Wellbeing Week runs from June 21 – June 30 in 2021. World Wellbeing Week is a worldwide opportunity to promote awareness for the wide-ranging aspects of wellbeing that includes:  Social  Physical...
Coping strategies

Coping strategies

It’s now the final stretch of term time for a lot of teachers, after what has been another challenging year. It’s also the time when teachers are busy marking exam papers as well as awarding grades in some cases. To get through the last few weeks of term, we have...
Summer School Transition Programme

Summer School Transition Programme

Transition Programme At Key Stage Teacher Supply we recognise that schools will be reflecting and wondering how best to prepare on how the most vulnerable pupils are going to make up for their lost learning and progression due to COVID disruption. Pupils leaving...
Why include a cover letter?

Why include a cover letter?

As we reach the peak time for schools to recruit ECTs for September 2021, we thought we would highlight the use of including a cover letter when applying for a role. It is more important than ever to utilise this often-overlooked tool with the ongoing restrictions of...
ECT digital guide for 2021

ECT digital guide for 2021

The first steps in your teaching career can be both exciting as well as daunting and with the additional challenge of changes due to the pandemic, it may feel overwhelming. We’ve spoken to many ECTs over the last couple of weeks, most of whom feel confused on how to...
Mental Health Awareness week

Mental Health Awareness week

As its Mental Health Awareness week, we have listed below a reminder of the signs of depression, split into psychological, physical and social symptoms. One in five adults experienced some form of depression at the beginning of this year, which is twice as many as...
ECT to replace NQT

ECT to replace NQT

As the government releases its latest statutory guidance on Induction for early career teachers, we take a brief look at the main changes to it since 2018. The term early career teacher (ECT) replaces newly qualified teacher (NQT). The standard length of induction has...
Best Companies Award

Best Companies Award

We’re delighted to have been awarded a starred accreditation from Best Companies to work for, which means levels of employee engagement are very good.  In addition we’ve made it to the top Best 100 Small Companies to work for the UK, and we’ve also been included in...
10 reasons why pupils need to talk in class.

10 reasons why pupils need to talk in class.

Restrictions due to the pandemic have meant less opportunity for social interaction amongst pupils. Not only can this lead to a loss of confidence but also a lack of consolidation of learning. Lock down, on-line classes, social distancing, bubbles and masks have all...
National Teaching Assistants’ Day

NEU’s latest survey summary

As the majority of schools returned to full opening in March, reflections of working in education during restrictions and lockdowns, a year on, have been captured by a recent survey. The National Education Union surveyed more than 10,000 of its members and included...
Race Report summary

Race Report summary

The commission, chaired by Dr Tony Sewell, found Britain has become a “more open society” and that children from many ethnic communities “do at least as well or substantially better than white pupils in compulsory education”, but did not include all ethnic groups who...
World Autism Week

World Autism Week

Today starts the beginning of World Autism Awareness Week in schools and we thought we would give you a reminder summary of what autism is and how it may affect individuals. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and...
Children’s survey summary

Children’s survey summary

The BBC’s Newsround conducted a survey of 2,013 six- to sixteen-year-olds from all over the UK about their experience of the past year. We have summarised the headline stats here: 50% of children reported that their experience during lockdown was either better or no...
The year ahead

The year ahead

As schools look at determining grades for years 11 and 13, consideration has started to take place on other years whose learning has been greatly impacted by the pandemic. Simon Lebus, the interim chief regulator for Ofqual has stated that: “…based on the reality of...
Summary of re-opening measures

Summary of re-opening measures

Following the announcement last Monday about the re-opening of schools, we have briefly summarised the pertinent parts of it relevant to supply staff as follows: Supply staff and other temporary or peripatetic staff can move between schools. Supply staff must follow...
National Teaching Assistants’ Day

Catch-up Options

The loss of face-to-face learning for pupils has had a huge impact on their education and well-being. The government has allocated £1.3bn of funding for catch-up programmes in England as well as funds to aid wellbeing initiatives; the EPI has proposed £650m of extra...
Tutoring update

Tutoring update

Now that a spring return of schools fully re-opening seems increasingly likely, we thought we would give you an update about tutoring programmes in general and in terms of our agency. This comes as a new report was published from the Education Endowment Foundation...
Children’s survey summary

New study on Impact of Covid-19

Everyone has been aware of the massive impact that Covid-19 has had on pupils in terms of education and well-being, but little has been understood about the ways in which different groups of students have been affected. This study reported on 62,000 pupils throughout...
Offline learning resources

Offline learning resources

A reminder of BBC learning resources Although there are many online tools to help children with their education at home, there are some who either do not have laptop or Wi-Fi access. Since the 11th January 2021, the BBC has scheduled programmes on BBC2 to help...
Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Teaching pupils about Chinese New Year offers a range of age-appropriate fun activities, from making lanterns to learning about Chinese zodiac animals, whilst being culturally diverse. Here is summary of what you need to know and a link to lesson plan ideas. What is...
Podcast Inspiration

Podcast Inspiration

Maybe if you have time on your hands, given the lockdown restrictions, you could explore some of the amazing podcasts that are available. Do you need some podcast inspiration? We have pulled together some education orientated podcasts for you to listen to.  ...
World Braille Day

World Braille Day

World Braille Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the issues impacting those who are blind or visually impaired within our society. The invention of braille has transformed accessibility for those with visual impairments and promotes equal opportunities. It is...
Christmas Card Recycling

Christmas Card Recycling

How to bring recycling into the classroom: We encourage you to take advantage of the new year to teach the children a valuable lesson about the importance of recycling. Here is a link to a list of 29 fun recycling related activities that you can do in class.   What...
NTP makes an impact

NTP makes an impact

62,000 pupils have now enrolled with the National Tuition Programme Tuition Partners in 2,500 schools across England. 10,000 tutors to date have registered an NTP tuition partner to provide vital support for disadvantaged pupils to bridge the attainment gap. NTP...
Christmas Film Suggestions

Christmas Film Suggestions

2020 has been like no other year in education with so many staff going above and beyond their duties. Take time to relax and an enjoy a well-earned rest. Here is a list of Christmas films both new and some classics to keep you entertained and get you in the festive...
One To Watch : Best Company 2021

One To Watch : Best Company 2021

Recognised for being a well led, well managed organisation throughout the pandemic and achieving ‘good’ levels of engagement, Operam Education Group have received a ‘Ones To Watch 2021’ status from the Best Companies. The leadership team’s...
NTP makes an impact

Our Tutoring Programme by Lasbm

Lasbm, featured the following summary article about our partnered Tutoring programme, in their December 2020 edition of their news. It provides an excellent summary about the initiative and do not forget that we are still recruiting for it, see our tutoring page here...
School Covid-19 vaccination update

Increase in Covid testing

Figures show that 15% of pupils missed the last week of term and that the figure was even higher in the Midlands at 23%. Concern for the lost learning time has led to the government advising on mass testing of Covid within schools, but announced it the day before end...
20 staying home summer activities

International Mountain Day

Why do we celebrate international mountain day? – Mountains are home to 15% of the world´s population and host about half of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. They provide freshwater for everyday life to half of humanity. Their conservation is a key...
Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on the 10th December every year. The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption and proclamation in 1948. The universal declaration of human rights empowers us all, – we can...
International Volunteer day

International Volunteer day

International Volunteer day is celebrated annually to thank the contributions millions of volunteers make across the UK. This year has been especially significant due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to much more volunteer support being needed to...
Let the Christmas countdown begin

Let the Christmas countdown begin

It’s 25 days till Christmas and we thought we would help you with some activities in class to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! Educational practice Why not extend your classroom education to learn about all the other global holidays that occur around December....
National Teaching Assistants’ Day

Male Teachers

Over the past decade, thousands of male primary and secondary school teachers have left the classroom, which fuels fears that a lack of male role models in schools, is contributing to the under-performance of boys. The Times reports that ‘over the past decade…slightly...
Covid rules update.

COVID-19 Winter Plan

With the second lockdown restrictions lifting, there may be some confusion on what this means for schools. We have complied some information designed to help you give clarity to the COVID-19 winter plan and how these rules will affect school life. Schools will stay...
World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 and is celebrated annually on the 20th November to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. Parents, teachers, children as well as the rest of society...
A summary of rule changes

Geography Awareness Week

Geography awareness week was created in 1987 and is an annual celebration of geography and the important role it plays in all out lives. After a turbulent year from searing bush fires in Australia and the Pacific Northwest of America to the summer floods that affected...
Children’s Book Week

Children’s Book Week

This week is Autumn’s ‘Children’s book week’. To celebrate we have listed Waterstone’s ‘Best books to look out for children in 2020’. There is a wide variety of genres to dive into for children of all ages, from mesmerising mythical worlds and light-hearted adventures...
NTP makes an impact

Recruiting Tutors Now!

We have been appointed by the government to be involved in the National Tutoring Programme. We are recruiting tutors now, to deliver an evidenced based programme; all training is provided. Flexible, long-term contracts working alongside industry experts, including...
Our new refer a friend scheme

Our new refer a friend scheme

We wanted to update you regarding our candidate referral scheme. We have always been grateful of your support when you have referred a friend or colleague to our agency as we believe word of mouth about our reputation speaks volumes. As a pledge-based company, we have...
Top 10 tips for eye-care

Top 10 tips for eye-care

October is national eye-care month and with increasing use of computers and digital screens, we thought we would give some reminders and 10 top tips regarding eye-care. Over-use of looking at a digital screen can induce tired, strained eyes, blurred vision and dry eye...
Mood boosting menu ideas

Mood boosting menu ideas

In our previous latest news, we informed you of the importance of nutrients in certain foods that reduce the effects of stress and boost mood as well as promoting sleep. In order to make it super easy for you to make changes and incorporate suggested foods into your...
What to eat for burnout

What to eat for burnout

Nearing half-term and having negotiated challenges that a year ago teachers would not have even dreamt of, your mind and body may be reaching burnout. Sustaining stress over a period of time wreaks havoc on the body due the body’s inability to absorb nutrients,...
Children’s survey summary

10 TOP SIGNS AND TEACHING TIPS ON DYSLEXIA

Dyslexia affects 1 in 10 children; it is a genetic, neurological condition which affects how someone processes written and spoken information. It varies for each person, affecting them in different ways and to different degrees in the areas of processing information,...
Teaching Podcast – Pivotal Podcast

Teaching Podcast – Pivotal Podcast

We’ve discovered a great collection of recommended educational podcasts which we’ll be sharing with you each week, here’s the first in our series. Teaching Podcast –  Pivotal Podcast: Paul Dix, behavioural specialist and host Kevin Mulryne provide weekly ‘free CPD in...
Check your teaching pension!

Check your teaching pension!

As news breaks regarding governmental errors regarding teachers’ pensions, we have provided a summary of how and why you should check your pension details and what to do to rectify any errors. Why check your pension now? Your teaching pension is based on your years of...
Planning a holiday or just returned?

Planning a holiday or just returned?

QUARANTINE RULES AND OVERSEAS TRAVEL Planning to go abroad If you are planning to go abroad please advise your Branch Consultant as early as possible, stating both the dates and destination. This will help us not only track your availability but also allow for any...
Supply staff guide to managing anxiety.

Supply staff guide to managing anxiety.

Returning to school this year is going to be new for everyone. You are likely to have concerns about Covid-19 and you may feel anxious because you have been away from the classroom for so long, as well as having new routines to learn. We have devised the following top...
National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is on the 1st of October 2020, but it is not day bound by one day – it’s a storehouse of limitless ideas and activities free to use all year round, whether at home or in the virtual/actual classroom. Some schools celebrate one day, some celebrate...
Summary of re-opening measures

Candidate return to school policy 2020

Key Stage Teacher Supply’s policy for all our supply staff returning to the classroom in 2020. It outlines agency procedures and guidance based on government advice regarding Covid-19, offering reassurance to both our candidates and clients. To read our policy,...
Work/Life Balance Week

Celebrating National Teaching Assistants’ Day

https://www.keystagesupply.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Key-Stage.mp4 The role of a teaching assistant is key for today’s education and raises the standard of teaching from class groups to individual student support. From the 1960’s, when teacher aides were...
NTP makes an impact

Ice-breaker ideas

As the first week back in the new academic year commences, it’s natural to feel a range of emotions from nervousness to excitement. Due to COVID-19 there are new government rules to follow this year in the classroom. The ‘new normal’ will be different for everyone,...
Mental Health Awareness week

What to do if a pupil feels unwell

A supply staff guide for when a pupil is unwell. If a pupil reports feeling unwell, you will need to take all necessary precautions to manage the person who becomes unwell, in addition to protecting yourself and other members of the class. This means, if any pupil...
General school Covid-19 guidance 

General school Covid-19 guidance 

All schools have a legal requirement to update their risk policies and adhere to government guidance on managing and preventing the corona virus. In order to make sure you familiarise yourself with their management plans specific to each school you have been assigned,...
Keeping Children Safe

Keeping Children Safe

Please download the Government Keeping Children Safe policy which was updated on 1st September 2021, read it carefully and keep for future reference.Please find the guidance for schools here. What is the status of this guidance for Keeping Children Safe ? This is...
Re-engaging with pupils

Re-engaging with pupils

As the September term approaches, at the forefront of everyone’s minds are safety measures and new routines that we all have to adapt to when back in the classroom. However, returning to school also means re-engaging with pupils that have experienced challenges never...
Sir Ken Robinson, sadly missed

Sir Ken Robinson, sadly missed

Sadly, Sir Ken Robinson passed away on the 21st August 2020, after a short illness; we wanted to express our sympathy to his family and take the opportunity to remind people of Ken’s great contribution to education in the UK and around the world. Ken, originally from...
RESULTS ARE IN, BUT ARE THEY FINAL?

RESULTS ARE IN, BUT ARE THEY FINAL?

‘A’ level and GCSE results have been the subject of news over the last few weeks because of outcries of unfairness as well as the dramatic u turn of government decision-making. However, the problem with changing one’s mind as to how to award grades, is that mixed...
Supply Teacher Guide to returning to school 2020

September start

Following on from our last two latest news which looked at facts about children and Covid-19, along with considerations for re-openings of schools, we have listed practical measures that can be used tin order to be school ready. Practical measures: Layout re-design to...
Should pupils wear masks?

Should pupils wear masks?

Now that September is getting nearer, the debate about wearing masks in schools continues to be polarised, with the government maintaining that it is not a required safety measure. However, unions feel masks should be a necessary in order to protect teachers and some...
Online presence

Online presence

Take control of your online presence – education sector Establishing, protecting and managing an online presence is now crucial in the education sector. It is important for anyone in the education profession to Google themselves at least once a month and see...
Positive Body Language

Positive Body Language

Positive Body Language at an Interview Well done for making it to the interview table – this proves that academically you are qualified to perform the job. The next hurdle, and it is a big one, is how to impress in person.  This, in a nutshell, boils down to...
Teaching Resources

Teaching Resources

Teaching resources and useful information All supply teachers are expected to take appropriate resources along to bookings. Even when work is set for the day, it is a good idea to have extra resources and activities ready to fill any spare time and ensure that...
School Covid-19 vaccination update

School re-opening

When schools re-open in September, local decision-making means being aware of not just what to do but understanding why. The following is a list of considerations, all teachers need to know: Covid-19 has three transmission routes: close-range droplet, surface contacts...
CHILDREN & COVID-19

CHILDREN & COVID-19

A lot of debate over safety concerns and schools re-opening in September has continued since the start of the pandemic, but what are the latest facts according to research to date, that we can conclude about children and Covid-19? The following list is based on...
STEM subject teachers – shortage

STEM subject teachers – shortage

A latest report published by Engineering UK 2020, indicates an acute shortage of STEM subject teachers and says many young people are unaware of the direction they need to take to become an engineer. The acute shortage of STEM subject teachers in secondary and further...
School re-opening is a priority

School re-opening is a priority

School re-opening is a priority. At a national briefing on the 31st July, when some local lockdown measures where announced in East Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, provided reassurance that schools would re-open as...
Summary of re-opening measures

Unions back masks

Unions have requested the government allow teachers and support staff  to wear face masks in schools in England in order to protect them and help limit the spread of coronavirus. The government, currently says due to staff and pupils being kept in consistent groups,...
Widening attainment gap

Widening attainment gap

According to a report by the Data Evaluation and Learning for Viral Epidemics group, the achievement gap between the top and lowest-performing pupils in year 3, widened by 52 per cent after lockdown. It says that although the lockdown has impacted all children, the...
SEND Top Tips

SEND Top Tips

For decades we’ve been placing teachers and support staff within SEND schools around Lancashire and Cumbria and keep track of trends within the area and school performance. We’ve recently introduced SEND Top Tips to our website, which we will continue to expand...
SEND Teaching – Remote Learning

SEND Teaching – Remote Learning

SEND Teaching – Remote learning tips for SEND pupils (By Gemma Corby, TES, 21 March 2020) 1 Be specific Instructions must be as detailed as possible. It is easy to assume that students can infer your meaning, but that is not always the case. If you have ever...
SEND Teaching – Principles of Learning

SEND Teaching – Principles of Learning

SEND teaching is said to be one of the most rewarding education sectors to work within, we’re sure many of our SEND supply teachers would agree. There are countless resources designed for the wide spectrum of needs within the SEND sector, which help teachers...
SEND Supply Teacher – Time Management

SEND Supply Teacher – Time Management

SEND supply teacher – time management is becoming increasingly important as all SEND supply teachers are expected to prepare and plan for their own lessons, and to have some of your own resources available to assist you with this, in case you are assigned a...
ECT to replace NQT

Personal Skills & Attributes

Working with children is interesting and varied. It is a job that requires careful planning and preparation, personal skills and attributes. These include skills of communication, problem-solving and the ability to work with others, here are some popular...