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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).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36606342
For information about how this may affect your bookings for next week, please give us a call on 01254 507210.
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.
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).
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In 2007 the BBC reported:
”Modern foreign language lessons are to be compulsory for the first time in England’s primary schools. Education Secretary Alan Johnson backs the recommendation of a review by Lord Dearing that all children should learn a language from the age of seven. This should happen by 2010, as part of the next curriculum overhaul”
Now in 2014, it is to become compulsory! Primary schools are now to include Languages across Key Stage 2, as part of the curriculum. Children aged seven to eleven will be required to reach a high standard of written and spoken communication in one of seven languages, including: French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, Latin and Greek.
This link to an article from The Guardian, explains how some primary schools have already started preparing for the change in the curriculum and some issues which may arise for some schools.
We would love to hear your thoughts on this Do you agree or disagree that we need to be introducing languages to primary children? Which language do you think would be the most important one for children to learn today?