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24 
Jan

Great feedback from the primary curriculum training!

A very big thank you to all who attended the primary English training last night. As ever, it was a great success, with lots of great feedback from attendees.

‘Great CPD, very useful and helpful to stay up-to-date.’

B. Hughes

‘Really good for providing a “child’s eye view” of reading and writing.’

L. Davies

Going forward, we will be adding online training into our CPD mix for our supply teachers and teaching assistants – so keep your eye on your emails!

As ever, if you would like to discuss registration with Key Stage Teacher Supply, please call Catherine on 01254 507210.

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Published Date: 24th January 2017
Category: CPD/ Training, Uncategorized


 

09 
Jan

Last call for the Primary English Curriculum training!

We still have a handful of places available – please get in touch asap if you are interested.

The workshops will be delivered by an experienced Primary Advisory Consultant who will offer you:

  • An up to date and interactive overview of the new curriculum
  • Lots of ideas and activities to adapt for your own classrooms whilst on supply
  • More confidence in working with the updated 2014 English curriculum

English workshop 1 aims to:

  • Look at reading and writing at Key Stage 1

English workshop 2 aims to:

  • Cover reading and writing at Key Stage 2

The workshops will be held on Monday 23rd January and Monday 6th February, 5.30-7.30pm at Chorley Woodlands Conference Centre. Cost £ 30.00 – this covers both sessions. You can only book a place if you can attend both sessions.

Hurry! Places are very limited!

To secure a place, please email me back and then make payment to your local branch with cash or a cheque, or you can send a cheque (made payable to ‘Key Stage Teacher Supply’) to: Catherine Byrom, Key Stage Teacher Supply, 9 Preston New Road, Blackburn, BB2 1AR.

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Published Date: 9th January 2017
Category: CPD/ Training


 

16 
Dec

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.

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


 

01 
Nov

Places are now limited for the Primary Curriculum Training

Key Stage Teacher Supply are delighted to offer you English and Mathematics interactive primary curriculum workshops in November!

The workshops will be delivered by two experienced Primary Advisory Consultants who will offer you:

• An up to date and interactive overview of the new curriculum
• Lots of ideas and activities to adapt for your own classrooms whilst on supply
• More confidence in working with the updated Maths and English curriculum

The English workshops will be on Monday 14th November and Monday 21st November, 5.00-7.00pm at Chorley Woodlands Conference Centre. Cost £ 30.00 – this covers both sessions. You can only book a place if you can attend both sessions.

The Maths workshops will be on Wednesday 16th November and Wednesday 23rd November, 5.00-7.00pm at Chorley Woodlands Conference Centre. Cost £ 30.00 – this covers both sessions. Again, you can only book on the Maths course if you can attend BOTH sessions.

Hurry! Places are limited!

To secure a place you need to email me at catherine@keystagesupply.co.uk – and then make payment to your local branch with cash or a cheque, or you can send a cheque (made payable to ‘Key Stage Teacher Supply’) to: Catherine Byrom, Key Stage Teacher Supply, 9 Preston New Road, Blackburn, BB2 1AR.

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Published Date: 1st November 2016
Category: CPD/ Training, Key Stage Supply


 

21 
Oct

Primary Curriculum Training in November – book now!

Key Stage Teacher Supply are delighted to offer you English and Mathematics interactive primary curriculum workshops in November!

The workshops will be delivered by two experienced Primary Advisory Consultants who will offer you:

• An up to date and interactive overview of the new curriculum
• Lots of ideas and activities to adapt for your own classrooms whilst on supply
• More confidence in working with the updated Maths and English curriculum

The English workshops will be on Monday 14th November and Monday 21st November, 5.00-7.00pm at Chorley Woodlands Conference Centre. Cost £ 30.00 – this covers both sessions. You can only book a place if you can attend both sessions.

The Maths workshops will be on Wednesday 16th November and Wednesday 23rd November, 5.00-7.00pm at Chorley Woodlands Conference Centre. Cost £ 30.00 – this covers both sessions. Again, you can only book on the Maths course if you can attend BOTH sessions.

Hurry! Places are limited!

To secure a place you need to email me at catherine@keystagesupply.co.uk – and then make payment to your local branch with cash or a cheque, or you can send a cheque (made payable to ‘Key Stage Teacher Supply’) to: Catherine Byrom, Key Stage Teacher Supply, 9 Preston New Road, Blackburn, BB2 1AR.

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Published Date: 21st October 2016
Category: CPD/ Training, Events and Conferences


 

02 
Jun

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 catherine@keystagesupply.co.uk. The cost is £25 per complete course (two sessions), payable by cash or cheque.

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


 

31 
May

Making the move from secondary to primary…

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we regularly hear from teachers looking to transition from secondary teaching to primary. While there is no official ‘route’ from one to the other, here are a few important factors to consider:

The primary curriculum

Primary teachers and leaders need a much broader understanding of the curriculum, with no heads of department to rely on. Making the transition from secondary primary means moving away from subject specialism, and this is something to think.

Parents

There is much more interaction with parents when you are a primary teacher or leader, simply because more children will be picked up and dropped off for school. This is of course a good thing, and many primary heads are outside every day to greet children and parents as they leave and arrive.

Pupil behaviour

Every bit as much of an issue at primary level as it is at secondary – so don’t expect this to be much easier than what you are used to. Younger children often have the added frustration of not being able to fully articulate why they are angry or upset.

Leadership

In general, primary schools are much smaller than secondaries, and so you will need to be of an all-rounder if you are aiming for a leadership role as you will have a smaller team around you than in an equivalent secondary role.

Support

Perhaps most importantly – are there any networks that you can tap into/ Are there peers who can mentor you and help point you to research and good practice?

When we receive queries about making the transition, we generally recommend a period of voluntary work in a local primary, just to give you a feel for the environment, and allow you to make to best decision about your next move. That might not always be necessary though – especially if you have transition experience with Year 6/7 students. As ever, if you would like more information or advice, just give us a call on 01254 507210.

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Published Date: 31st May 2016
Category: CPD/ Training, General


 

05 
Feb

‘A great success’: Last night’s Dyscalculia course

As ever, our training course on Dyscalculia – held last night at Chorley Woodlands Conference centre – was a great success!

All delegates enjoyed the session, contributed fantastically well, and took away useful strategies to use in the classroom.

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we take CPD very seriously, and we make training courses available throughout the year to teachers and support staff – on a range of subjects that matter to them. There will be more to come in 2016, so watch this space!

To find out more, take a look at these web links:

www.mathematicalbrain.com

www.dyscalculiaforum.com

www.dyscalculia.org

And, there are a range of guides for teachers available:

‘Dyscalculia Guidance’ by Brian Butterworth and Dorian Yeo (2004)

The Trouble with Maths: A Practical Guide to Helping Learners with Numeracy Difficulties’ by Steve Chinn (2004)

‘More Trouble with Maths’ by Steve Chinn (2012)

‘Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Mathematics’ by Dorian Yeo (2003)

 

Happy reading!

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Published Date: 5th February 2016
Category: CPD/ Training


 

09 
Jun

Our ASD training course was a resounding success!

As ever, our most recent training session – in association with Edge Hill University – was a great success. It was a hugely informative and interesting session on supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in mainstream classrooms. Our teachers and support staff enjoyed it immensely, as you can see from this feedback:

I attended the ASD course and found it very informative. I have limited knowledge of working with children with Autism so this gave me an insight into Autism and how children might behave/react to certain situations.

I would recommend the course for Teachers and TAs who have little or no knowledge or understanding of the Autistic spectrum.

The course also discussed what to ask when attending a school for the first time such as are there any children with Autism? Do any children have specific places, habits. I also found this helpful and think many more would benefit from it.

E. Taylor

And there’s more…

I did enjoy the ASD course on Wednesday.

I liked the presenter Helen; she had a calm and friendly manner. She filled the session with real-life anecdotal evidence which brought the material we were dealing with into perspective.

Most of all I found the course full of practical insight.  By that I mean it included examples and suggestions for tactical class management as well as good resources, both literary and physical.

Overall a really good course  on Autism.

S. Triska

Ok, one more…

The course was inspiring and Helen presents in a relaxed manner as her knowledge base is strong. I learnt new things and left buzzing with new ideas. I have gained understanding of trigger or experiences which may alter a situation and why. Very helpful. All the courses add to my skill set helping me do a better job. Thank you.

S. Kinder

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we take CPD very seriously. It’s vital to keep your skills and knowledge up-to-date when you work in a school, whatever your role. Our courses are also open to people who are not registered with us – contact catherine@keystagesupply.co.uk to find out more.

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Published Date: 9th June 2015
Category: CPD/ Training


 

12 
May

Autism Spectrum Disorder Training Coming Up!

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we take our commitment to CPD (Continuing Professional Development) very seriously. We like to provide courses that are relevant and interesting to both teachers and support staff, across primary and secondary.

Well, one such course is our upcoming ASD training – to be held on Wednesday 3rd June at Chorley Woodlands Conference Centre, 4.30-6.30pm. Here, our supply teaching and support staff will learn more about Autism Spectrum Disorder and how best to support affected learners in mainstream classrooms.

The fee is £20, payable by cash or cheque at your local branch. If you are not registered with us, you are still quite welcome to attend – just call Catherine on 01254 507210 to find out more!

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Published Date: 12th May 2015
Category: CPD/ Training, Uncategorized