Category Archives: Key Stage Supply
Looking to kickstart your career or do something new? Or perhaps you’re looking to cut down your working hours? Supply teaching could be the thing for you!
Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we have a wide range of schools throughout the North West with a variety of job opportunities, meaning we will have something to suit you! From day-to-day and weekly cover, to long term or permanent roles, from Early Years through to Key Stage 5, there’s something for everyone.
If you’re still unsure about supply work, why not read some of the testimonials from our candidates and let them tell you about their experiences in supply teaching with Key Stage Teacher Supply.
We give our candidates opportunities to build your experiences and confidence, in new working environments: from nurseries to colleges. We also offer continuing professional development (CPD) workshops and NQT-induction placements, as well as competitive rates and weekly pay.
Our branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster have great relationships with schools in their surrounding area, meaning we can find a local placement for you, and all our staff are welcoming and well-trained, ready to give you support and regular contact to make sure that you get the best experience with us.
We are well known as the friendliest and most caring team around. In fact, 81% of our teachers are recommended to use us by our existing supply staff, which speaks volumes about the way we look after our candidates.
Find out why Key Stage Teacher Supply is the best place to start your career.
Call your local branch to make an appointment.
Blackburn: 01254 507210
Chorley: 01257 240960
Lancaster: 01524 597170
Our case studies tell us that 7 out of 10 teachers who retire still want to have some time in the classroom – without the stress of a permanent teaching role. That’s why Key Stage Teacher Supply is here to offer you a range of teaching opportunities that suit your needs. With the well-deserved flexibility that you acquired on retiring, we can work around your availability – whether that is one morning per week, three afternoons, two full days… We have various roles available, such as 1 to 1 support, interventions and PPA cover (as well as full days of whole-class teaching) – the options are endless.
You may feel that your best years in the classroom are now behind you – not true! Contact us now – here at Key Stage Teacher Supply we value your experience and knowledge, and we would welcome the opportunity to work with you.
Call your local branch to find out more:
Blackburn – 01254 507210; Chorley – 01257 240960; Lancaster – 01524 597170
The end of this academic year is hurtling towards us, and it’s the perfect time to book yourself in for an interview with Key Stage Teacher Supply so that you’re ready and raring to go into our schools, local to you.
Never done supply before? Maybe you’re feeling a little apprehensive about your September plans? Don’t worry, because here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we can offer you many opportunities, such as day-to-day, weekly, long term and permanent work!
Here are some tips and tricks for you to make sure that you are ready for your interview with us:
• Research – never heard of us before? Why not give Key Stage Teacher Supply a search online, to make sure you know what we’re all about! The best place to look would be our Testimonials, to see what our past schools and candidates have said about our service. The more you know, the more prepared you’ll feel walking into your interview.
• Document check – ID is important, so don’t forget it! Pack your bag the night before so you know that you have the documentation required, and also means that there is one less thing to worry about on the day of your interview. This saves time for both us and you, and shows that you’re organised and that you’ve planned ahead: a really good sign to any employer.
• Dress code – dressing well really does come across well to an interviewer: it shows that you’ve put an effort in, and that you would know how to dress were you to be hired; starting as you mean to go on!
• Keep calm and carry on – we will be asking questions around your classroom management and experiences, and what opportunities you would like to gain whilst with Key Stage Teacher Supply. Here is a link to some of the questions we ask in our interviews to give you some peace of mind.
The most important thing to us is that you have a rewarding experience with Key Stage Teacher Supply. The more we know about you, the more we can speak to our schools on your behalf to get you your next teaching role.
So, call your local branch and book an immediate interview. Looking forward to hearing from you!
Teaching Assistants play such a vital role in supporting children to learn, working closely with teachers to make sure pupils enjoy learning in a safe and caring setting. Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we are always looking to recruit the very best teaching assistants and nursery practitioners to support the children in our schools and nurseries.
The job can include:
- – getting the classroom ready for lessons
- – helping children who need extra support to complete tasks
- – helping teachers to plan learning activities and complete records
- – supporting teachers in managing class behaviour
- – supervising groups
- – taking part in training
- – helping with days out and sports events
- – carrying out administrative tasks
- – providing bilingual support where necessary (if you have additional language skills)
And we are looking for:
- – experience of working with children
- – the ability to build relationships with children, teachers, parents and carers
- – the ability to manage groups of children and cope with challenging behaviour
- – flexibility and creativity
- – the ability to work as part of a team
- – good Maths and English skills
- – patience and a sense of humour
- – a relevant level 2 or 3 qualification
To find out more about the work we have available for our supply teaching assistants across Lancashire and Cumbria, give us a call:
Blackburn – 01254 507210
Chorley – 01257 240960
Lancaster – 01524 597170
When you are preparing for a teaching assistant 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 draw on practical 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 and application form, so make sure you know it well and you’re prepared to elaborate on it.
Use the SAR technique to answer questions:
S: Situation – describe the situation you were in – give specific examples.
A: Action – describe what you did in the situation. Be very specific about what you did.
R: Result – Describe the results you achieved. What was the effect of your action, why was it successful.
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 do you want to be a teaching assistant?
Why do you think you would be a good teaching assistant?
What do you think is the role of the teaching assistant?
Why do you think the role of the teaching assistant is important?
What can you bring to the role that other candidates may not bring?
What are your strengths as a teaching assistant?
What do you think would be the challenges you would face in this role?
The school and staff:
Why do you want to work at this school?
Are you familiar with this school? What do you think makes it special?
What is your impression of the school/organisation?
Would you be proud to be part of this school? Why?
Do you find it difficult working alongside older, more experienced staff?
Your experience, skills and personality:
What’s your experience of working with children?
Why do you enjoy working with children?
Can you tell us about a time you successfully worked with a group of children?
What experience could you bring from previous experiences to your work at this school
Can you tell us about a time when you effectively worked as part of a team?
Are you good at organising yourself and other people?
What do you think you have to offer? Give an example of how children have benefited from contact with you.
What assessment strategies would you use?
Is it important to assess learning? Why?
How do you ensure all children are involved?
How can we assess what pupils have learnt?
How you support a pupil who was struggling with a specific task?
How can we stretch our most gifted and talented learners?
How can you tell whether children have learnt something during the task they’ve just completed?
Teaching and support teaching:
How could you support a pupil reading?
Is it important to assess learning? Why?
How do you ensure all children are involved?
Does learning have to be fun?
How can we try and engage a demotivated pupil?
What ideas can we try to help a pupil who is struggling compared to their peers?
How you support a pupil who was struggling with a specific task?
Do you have specific knowledge in any area e.g. love of maths, second language – if so how could you use it in the classroom?
What makes a good lesson?
How can you encourage a reluctant reader?
Do you have any creative ideas for helping pupils who are struggling with numeracy?
Communication and behaviour management:
Do you think you would be able to effectively communicate with parents?
How would you manage conflict with colleagues or parents?
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?
Tell us about a time when you were with a group of children and something went wrong, how did you remedy the situation?
What would you do if a child complained they were bored?
Tell us about a time you had to use your own initiative to rescue a difficult situation?
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?
A group of pupils are angry and upset following a playground dispute. It’s affecting the lesson, what would you do?
Child protection issues:
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?
How did your previous organisation tackle child protection?
How will you develop yourself as a teaching assistant?
How would you like to see your career develop?
Are you prepared to go on courses?
Questions you may ask at the end of the interview:
It is always good to go prepared with some questions you could ask at the end of the interview –
Does the school encourage Teaching Assistant staff to undergo further training?
How will my performance be assessed and reviewed?
What is the most important part of a Teaching Assistant role in this school?
What are the main things the school wishes to improve and how would I be able to help?
What is the management structure of the teaching team? Who would I be reporting to each day?
Good Luck !
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!
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.
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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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 !
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
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.