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Category Archives: Key Stage Supply

27 
Mar

Springing into the Summer term with Key Stage Teacher Supply!

We are pleased to announce our **Eggs-tra special** ‘open fortnight’ over Easter for candidates to visit us and chat about registration.

Anyone who is interviewed or pops in for a chat between Friday 23rd March and Thursday 5th April will be entered into a prize draw for a £10 voucher and an Easter egg! The winner will be announced on Friday 6th April.

See our branch addresses and contact details here.

It’s all Eggs-tremely Eggs-citing!

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Published Date: 27th March 2018
Category: Key Stage Supply, News & Events


 

23 
Feb

FE teachers wanted!

Are you qualified to teach post-16 learners? Read on…

Due to a sharp increase in demand, we are looking for FE trained teachers to work in colleges and sixth-form settings across Lancashire and Cumbria. We are very keen to recruit teachers of core subjects (STEM, Humanities, Arts, MFL), as well as tutors for a wide variety of vocational courses. Your skills are very much in demand, no matter where your subject expertise lies. The expansion of apprenticeships has resulted in a variety of college/workplace partnerships, and there is also an increased demand for tutors of Functional Skills and core GCSE subjects.

You will need to demonstrate:

  • Relevant subject qualifications
  • Post-14 PGCE, Post-16 PGCE, QTS or QTLS
  • Recent secondary, FE or HE experience
  • Regular availability to work, sometimes at short notice

Joining our team of FE teachers will mean:

  • Flexibility to choose when and where you work – we work with settings across the whole of Lancashire and Cumbria
  • Access to permanent and long-term job roles
  • Competitive daily rates of pay – £90-£125 per day
  • Personable, friendly consultants who are keen to meet your needs and listen to what you really want 
  • Introductions to new schools and colleges, offering you a range of different experiences

Click here to see what our staff are saying about us!

To find out more, call Andrea on 01524 597170.

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Published Date: 23rd February 2018
Category: Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching


 

01 
Feb

Preparing for a teaching interview – some sample questions

When you are  preparing for a teaching interview, running through some possible interview questions will help your chances of success. You’ll be able to practice answers that will inevitably come up, and you can feel comfortable when you do eventually face the panel. Although there’s no way of knowing what you’ll be asked, there are some topics that are bound to come up.

Remember to back up your answers with examples wherever you can, even if you’re not asked to, and focus on the results that your actions achieved. The panel will refer to your CV, so make sure you know it well and you’re prepared to elaborate on the items on it.

Run through the questions below and see which areas of your interview repertoire need some work. Once you’re confident, ask a friend if they’ll stage a mock interview with you.

 

Suitability for the role

  • Why did you apply for this particular role?
  • Why did you choose to teach this particular age range?
  • What are your core strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What can you bring to the role that other candidates may not bring?

 

The school and staff

  • What makes a successful school?
  • What importance do you attach to co-operation with colleagues, such as those who are teaching parallel classes?
  • How would you cope with a lack of enthusiasm from colleagues?
  • What is your impression of the school/organisation?
  • How do you feel about parent helpers in the classroom?
  • How would you work with a teaching assistant in your classroom?
  • Do you find it difficult working alongside older, more experienced staff?
  • What is the most difficult piece of feedback you have ever had to give, and why?
  • How would you react if a senior member of staff queried or criticised some aspect of your teaching?

 

Teaching and learning

  • What is your understanding of high quality teaching and learning
  • Describe a good lesson
  • Describe a lesson that did not go well. What were the reasons for this?
  • If I came into your classroom, what would I see?
  • Describe the teaching method you find most effective
  • How would you organise teaching and learning for a mixed-age group?
  • Do you differentiate between outcome or task?
  • What are the important things to consider when setting up a classroom?

 

Ensuring progress

  • What assessment strategies would you use?
  • How do you ensure all children are involved?
  • How do you assess and record your children’s progress?
  • How would you motivate a reluctant child?
  • How would you meet the needs of gifted and talented children in the class?
  • Have you had experience of a very high attaining and very low attaining child in your class?
  • Tell us about your experience of assessment for learning and assessment of learning
  • If a child doesn’t show signs of improvement after all your planning, monitoring, assessing etc, what do you do next?
  • What strategies do you use to manage children with special educational needs?

 

Behaviour management

  • What behaviour management policies have you experienced, and what do you consider as having been effective?
  • How would you deal with a pupil who is not co-operating?
  • How would you deal with a disruptive child?
  • What do you think is the best way to motivate pupils?
  • Some people say you should demand respect from children. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
  • What do you understand by the term ‘providing support’ for the pupil?
  • Bullying is often a serious issue that has to be dealt with in all areas of work with children. In your experience, what is the best way to deal with it?

 

Child protection issues

  • Have you ever felt uncomfortable about a colleague’s behaviour towards children in a previous job?
  • What were your concerns, what did you do, and how was the issue resolved?
  • Safeguarding children is an important part of our work. Can you give me same examples of how you would contribute to making the organisation a safer environment for children?
  • Tell me about a time when a child or young person behaved in a way that caused you concern. How did you deal with that? Who else did you involve?
  • Why do you want to work with children? What do you think you have to offer? Give an example of how children have benefited from contact with you.
  • How did your previous organisation tackle child protection?

 

Career development

  • How will you develop yourself as a professional teacher?
  • What is your understanding of effective performance management?
  • What are your plans for the future?
  • How would you like to see your career develop?
  • Are you prepared to go on courses?
  • How long do you expect to stay here?
  • Would you aim to widen your experience by seeking posts in other schools after a reasonable period here?

 

Again, this is just a set of sample questions, but it’s a pretty comprehensive one – so please use it.

 

Good Luck !

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Published Date: 1st February 2018
Category: Key Stage Supply, NQT, Supply Teaching


 

22 
Dec

A very happy Christmas and New Year from Key Stage Teacher Supply

All of us at Key Stage Teacher Supply would like to take this opportunity to humbly and very gratefully thank all of our supply staff for their efforts over the last term and also the whole of 2017. We know how challenging it is to work in education, whether you are a teacher or a member of support staff. We also know that the rewards outweigh the challenges for all you hard-working and dedicated people,,, But believe us, we really do understand how hard you work for us, the schools and most importantly, the students.

Thank you so much, and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, whether you are celebrating or just taking the time to have a well-deserved rest.

See you in January!

*We are open again from Tuesday 2nd January, and in the meantime theusual phone numbers apply, as they will divert to mobiles:

Blackburn 01254 507210

Chorley 01257 240960

Lancaster 01524 597170

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Published Date: 22nd December 2017
Category: Key Stage Supply


 

04 
Dec

Teaching Assistants needed – all areas!

Right now, we have fantastic opportunities available for supply teaching assistant staff across Lancashire and Cumbria. With our three branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster, we work with a large number of schools and nurseries – which means a huge number of work opportunities all year round, both on a casual and long-term basis. The work is very varied, with general classroom support and one-to-one SEND work available for candidates with suitable experience.

Here’s a breakdown of the main areas each branch works in:

Blackburn branch: Blackburn with Darwen, Accrington / Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Rossendale

Chorley branch: Chorley, Leyland, West Lancashire, Ormskirk, Wigan, Bolton

Lancaster branch: Lancaster, Morecambe, Fylde Coast, Preston, Kendal, Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness

In all of these areas, we can offer flexible work to fit around your life and commitments. To work in these roles, we are looking for fully qualified staff with either Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications, and a GCSE grade C in Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English. We are also looking for people who can demonstrate their overall suitability to work with children – through the completion of a successful interview, references and a DBS clearance.

To find out more about registration with Key Stage Teacher Supply, please call Catherine on 01254 507210.

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Published Date: 4th December 2017
Category: Key Stage Supply, Teaching Assistants


 

28 
Nov

Are you a qualified Nursery Practitioner? Read on…

Whether your existing job title is Nursery Assistant, Nursery Nurse, Early Years Practitioner… We want to hear from you!

Right now, we have fantastic opportunities available for supply nursery staff across Lancashire and Cumbria. With our three branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster, we work with a large number of nurseries, children’s centres and Foundation Stage classes within schools – which means a huge number of work opportunities all year round, both on a casual and long-term basis.

Here’s a breakdown of the main areas each branch works in:

Blackburn branch: Blackburn with Darwen, Accrington / Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Rossendale

Chorley branch: Chorley, Leyland, West Lancashire, Ormskirk, Wigan, Bolton

Lancaster branch: Lancaster, Morecambe, Fylde Coast, Preston, Kendal, Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness

In all of these areas, we can offer flexible work to fit around your life and commitments. To work in these roles, we are looking for fully qualified staff with either Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications, and a GCSE grade C in Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English. We are also looking for people who can demonstrate their overall suitability to work with children – through the completion of a successful interview, references and a DBS clearance.

To find out more about registration with Key Stage Teacher Supply, please call Catherine on 01254 507210.

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Published Date: 28th November 2017
Category: Key Stage Supply, Teaching Assistants, Uncategorized


 

24 
Nov

New Year, New Job? Call Key Stage Teacher Supply, the leading North West supply agency!

If you are looking for supply teaching work in the North West of England, then you need Key Stage Teacher Supply. Now is the ideal time to get in touch and arrange registration in time for January supply work! What better way to start the new year?

We have short and long-term supply jobs available all year round in schools and nurseries across Lancashire and Cumbria. Due to overwhelming demand from schools and Early Years settings, we are looking to recruit primary and secondary supply teachers, supply teaching assistants and nursery assistants and various other ancillary staff, such as school bursars and site supervisors

To find out more about the flexible, competitively paid supply positions we have available across the North West, please call Catherine on 01254 507210.

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Published Date: 24th November 2017
Category: Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching, Uncategorized


 

14 
Nov

Nursery Assistants wanted for work across Lancashire and Cumbria!

We are looking to recruit a large number of Nursery Assistants to work in our schools, private nurseries and children’s centres across Lancashire and Cumbria!

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we are experiencing a major increase in demand from Early Years settings for short and long-term supply cover, so we need experienced Level 2 and Level 3 Early Years supply staff to keep up with that demand!

We can offer our supply Nursery Assistants:

  • Local work with our 300+ nurseries and schools across Lancashire and Cumbria
  • Flexibility to choose when and where you work
  • Competitive rates of pay
  • Personable, friendly consultants who meet your needs and listen to what you really want

To arrange your registration interview, please call Catherine on 01254 507210.

And before you go… Take a look at what our supply staff are saying about us!

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Published Date: 14th November 2017
Category: Key Stage Supply, Teaching Assistants


 

30 
Oct

Halloween! A time to escape from scary supply agencies?

It’s that time of year again! Not just Halloween, but time to consider signing with an extra agency – or leaving your agency behind to join us!

Sometimes, here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we hear horror stories about supply teachers having to travel many miles for work and deal with confusing umbrella company schemes – and to make things worse, they are sometimes not doing the sort of work they originally signed up for!

Does this sound like you? Come away from the dark side and register with Key Stage! Here’s a snapshot of what we offer you:

– Competitive rates of pay

– No umbrella companies – we have an in-house payroll manager

– Friendly, helpful consultants who really care about matching work to your needs and skills

– Lots of local supply teaching work – we are always honest about the areas you are likely to be working in and we have over 300 schools and nurseries across Lancashire and Cumbria

So, if you’re having a nightmare with your supply agency, get in touch with Catherine on 01254 507210 to find out more about registration with any of our three branches – Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster.

We’re waiting for you……….. (But not in a scary way).

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Published Date: 30th October 2017
Category: Key Stage Supply, News & Events, Supply Teaching


 

11 
Oct

Desperately seeking SEND Teaching Assistants!

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we are in *urgent* need of supply Teaching Assistants with SEND experience. 

Does that sound like you?

We are looking for Teaching Assistants with experience of supporting learners with physical and learning needs, both in mainstream schools and SEND settings. Experience of working in SEND settings is especially sought after, as some of our roles require experience of moving and handling, personal hygiene and supporting severe learning needs and disabilities. Ideally, you would be qualified to level 3, but level 2 applicants with relevant experience will always be considered too.

We have short and long-term positions available across Lancashire and Cumbria, via our network of branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster. To discuss registration, please call Catherine on 01254 507210.

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Published Date: 11th October 2017
Category: Key Stage Supply, Teaching Assistants