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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!


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



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).


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



World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan!

All three branches of Key Stage Teacher Supply are holding coffee mornings on Friday 29th September – 10.30am-1.00pm. You can pop down to buy cake (we have loads!!), have a coffee and chat with our friendly consultants – all to aid Macmillan Cancer Support.

Be sure to pop in – we don’t want to eat all this cake ourselves! (honestly…)


Blackburn – 9 Preston New Rd BB2 1AR – 01254 507210

Chorley – 24 St Georges St PR7 2AA – 01257 240960

Lancaster – 321 Storey House, White Cross Business Park, South Rd LA1 4XF – 01524 597170

We’ll look forward to seeing you!


Published Date: 28th September 2017
Category: Events and Conferences, News & Events



Advent! A countdown to your new job?

What would you like for Christmas?

A new job to start the new year?

Then maybe you should register with Key Stage Teacher Supply…

We work with over 300 schools and nurseries across Lancashire and Cumbria, and we place teachers, cover supervisors, teaching assistants and nursery nurses in short and long-term supply bookings every day.

To find out more, call Catherine on 01524 507210.


Published Date: 1st December 2016
Category: Key Stage Supply, News & Events, Uncategorized



World Science Day

Today is World Science Day, where we celebrate the contribution that scientists make to the world as a whole and to our everyday lives – and think about about ways to support the development of our future scientists in schools.

Nationally, there is a shortage of teachers across all science subjects, and that is reflected in the high levels of demand that Key Stage Teacher Supply experience all year round from schools across Lancashire and Cumbria. While that is a problem that national government is investing in with bursaries and other incentives to train, it does put existing science teachers in a good position – very much in demand!

If you are looking for work in secondary schools across Lancashire or Cumbria, please give us a call on 01254 507210. We have branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster serving over 300 local schools, and we have year-round opportunities for short and long-term work.



Published Date: 10th November 2016
Category: News & Events



Are you still working through an umbrella company? Consider the benefits of working with Key Stage Teacher Supply

With the rule changes implemented by HMRC last year, the tax advantages of being able to offset expenses have largely evaporated.

Many agencies still insist their temporary workers sign up to their preferred umbrella company as, unlike Key Stage, they do not have their own payroll department.

What is often not made clear are the charges of between £20 and £30 per week made by the umbrella, paid out of your wage, a yearly cost to you of up to £1200.

The cost advantage to the agency is obviously considerable, but why should you pay for a service that should be provided by the agency anyway?

At Key Stage we do not charge or take a cut to process your wages and, being in-house, it is easy for you to contact us with any pay query you may have – without having to speak to a third party.

Contact your nearest Key Stage branch to arrange an interview and start saving on unnecessary charges.  Blackburn 01254 507210, Chorley 01257 240960, Lancaster 012524 597170.


Published Date: 13th October 2016
Category: General, News & Events



NUT strike planned for 5th July

As the membership voted by more than 9 to 1 in favour of industrial action, a one-day strike has been by called by the NUT for Tuesday 5th July. This raises the prospect of widespread school closures, with implications for childcare for parents across the country.

The NUT demands an increase in funding to schools and education as a whole, and guaranteed terms and conditions in all types of schools. They are also calling for the government to resume negotiations on teacher contracts to allow workload to be addressed.

The action follows government proposals to turn all schools into academies, which could mean changes to teachers’ work and pay conditions as decided by a board of governors.

Read more here:

For information about how this may affect your bookings for next week, please give us a call on 01254 507210.


Published Date: 30th June 2016
Category: News & Events



The Great Manchester Run – A fundraising triumph for Key Stage Teacher Supply and Child Action North-West

Big congratulations are in order for Ben, Sarah, Jane, Rachel and Shauna who represented Key Stage Teacher Supply at the The Great Manchester 10k Run yesterday (in sweltering heat – no small achievement). The team managed to raise £838 for Child Action North West, a truly worthwhile cause. Furthermore, they all came back in one piece – which is important too. See the photos here.


Published Date: 19th May 2014
Category: News & Events



Key Stage Teacher Supply – A great choice for NQTs

When deciding the next step to take in your career at the end of your teacher training, supply work can be a fantastic, positive option.   We at Key Stage Teacher Supply pride ourselves on the number of NQTs that have begun their career with us.  They have been able to experience a wide range of learning environments, practising a variety of teaching and learning styles and strengthening their classroom management skills.

‘After deciding that I didn’t want to go straight into a full time job after qualifying, I thought that doing supply teaching would be the best thing for me.  Four months in, and I can definitely say that I am loving my time on supply… My first day on supply was teaching in a Year 1 class. I was very nervous but the girls were very supportive, providing me with lots of information to help me prepare. I have worked at this school many times since.  The girls have managed to get me lots of work at different places and I regularly go back.  I believe that I have had a much better experience as an NQT than my friends who went into full time teaching posts, as I have had to adopt many more teaching approaches and I have managed to pinch lots of successful teaching and management ideas. This has also improved my confidence.’
N. White, Supply Primary Teacher

It is possible to register with Key Stage Teacher Supply before you have completed your NQT year, as you can work as a teaching assistant or unqualified teacher before your training is complete. To register, call us on 01254 507210 (Blackburn), 01257 240960 (Chorley), 01524 597170 (Lancaster) or 01925 594494 (Warrington).


Published Date: 16th January 2014
Category: News & Events



Key Stage Teacher Supply, the first recruiter to be accredited to Compliance+

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Published Date: 12th January 2014
Category: News & Events