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SEND Reforms Training – A Great Success!

Our training session on the SEND reforms was a great success, with the participants gaining a valuable understanding of the changes enacted last year.

Information can be freely accessed here on the pathway from identification of need to the implementation of Education, Health and Care plans.

Feedback on the session was excellent, including these thoughts from one of our teachers:

‘Helen – the course leader – was fantastic and extremely knowledgable. The sheer amount of information was incredible, as were the powerpoints. We were given packs of information prepared by the Government that not all teachers have received yet. The discussion was a great mix of Helen’s experiences and ours – plenty of real-life examples to think about. The atmosphere was informal, and the two hours were packed with useful information. We would have liked to stay longer!’

H. Copeman, Teacher

We will no doubt revisit these themes in our CPD sessions in future, but if you have any suggestions for future training, please email


Published Date: 16th January 2015
Category: CPD/ Training



SEND Reforms Training – January 2015

We are running a training session on the SEND (Special Education Needs and Disabilities) reforms that came into effect in schools this year. The session will take place at Chorley Woodlands Conference Centre on Wednesday 14th January 2015, from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.

We have arranged this course with our supply teaching staff in mind, as it is vital they are up to date with these reforms when they go into schools. However, it is open to teachers and teaching assistants who are not registered with us. The fee for attendance is £20, made payable by cash or cheque. Please contact to register your interest.


Published Date: 20th November 2014
Category: CPD/ Training



Yet again another successful CPD workshop run Edge Hill University

‘Making sure that our supply team can access CPD is vital to our company’s commitment  to  schools and children that we only provide the most competent teachers’.

That is why Key Stage Teacher Supply works in partnership with Edge Hill University to deliver up to date, engaging and relevant CPD workshops.

‘Questioning for Learning’ was our latest workshop which was held at Lancaster University last night. It was well received by our primary and secondary teachers and even our teaching assistants.

Great feedback

‘Helped to reflect on my own teaching  and the way I use questions’.

‘Fantastic workshop. It was so useful to develop questioning skills particularily when faced with a brand new class.  I came a way with great handouts on different questions to help me  assess the  level of knowledge and understanding that the class has at beginning middle and end of lesson’.

Keep an eye on our website for future workshops held in Chorley and Lancaster.





Published Date: 26th February 2014
Category: CPD/ Training



The Questioning for Learning Course – A Great Success!

Many thanks to all who attended the Questioning for Learning course at Chorley Woodlands Conference Centre on November 29th. By all accounts it was a great success, with fantastic feedback from the teachers and support staff who attended.


It was a very good course to recap and improve my understanding of effective questioning.

The course was very useful.

I really enjoyed the course – a good refresher and a way of looking at my own practise.


We will keep you up to date with news of other courses, and we appreciate the suggestions we have already received from you about the sort of training you would like to see next.



Published Date: 17th December 2013
Category: CPD/ Training



Exciting Training Opportunity with Key Stage Teacher Supply

Questioning for Learning

Did you know….?

Teachers ask up to 400 questions in a day.
That’s around 70,000 a year!
That’s two or three million questions in the course of a career!

So shouldn’t we make them good ones?

Questioning is the most common form of interaction between teacher and pupil, and is an element of virtually every type and model of lesson.  But it is often a part of classroom teaching that is neglected. This course will consider the reasons why questioning is so important, look into what makes effective questioning and investigate ways of structuring questions to ensure that all pupils are challenged appropriately.
Questioning for Learning workshop on Thursday 28th November 2013

As part of Key Stage Teacher Supply’s commitment to your CPD, we are delighted to work in partnership with Edge Hill University who shall be delivering a workshop on Questioning for Learning.

Venue: Woodlands Conference Centre, Southport Road, Chorley PR7 1QR
(For those in the Lancaster area, we are looking at an alternative venue – although you are more than welcome to attend in Chorley).

Time: 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm – please arrive 15 minutes early for refreshments

Cost: £20.00

This course is open to everyone, not just staff registered with Key Stage Teacher Supply. We feel it is equally applicable to support staff and teaching staff, across primary and secondary.

Book now!

We anticipate a lot of interest in this workshop so book your place now to avoid disappointment.
(We will require payment by cash or cheque to secure your place).

If you are interested, please email

The team at Key Stage Teacher Supply look forward to seeing you on the 28th November.



Published Date: 23rd October 2013
Category: CPD/ Training



MA in Education @ Edge Hill – A Great CPD Opportunity

Key Stage Teacher Supply are very happy to be able to support teachers’ Continuing Professional Development in partnership with Edge Hill University.

Further to our previous blog, it seems worthwhile to emphasise that the MA in Education could be a particularly good move for teachers working on supply. Perhaps you have worked on supply for some time, and feel that you have missed some of the career progression that can come with staying in the same setting for a long period of time. In this situation, the MA can demonstrate your willingness and capability to undertake Continuing Professional Development.

Key Stage Teacher Supply is committed to assisting our staff wherever possible in terms of career advancement, and also in working to improve existing best practice in schools – which is the ultimate aim of the Edge Hill MA course.


Published Date: 23rd October 2013
Category: CPD/ Training, Key Stage Supply