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CPD Success at Key Stage Teacher Supply

Our recent CPD courses for Maths and English were a great success, with fantastic feedback from our supply teachers and teaching assistants who attended.

Supply teaching can mean that you miss out on training opportunities, so it is vital to keep up to date with your professional development. Key Stage Teacher Supply runs regular training courses for our supply teachers and support staff throughout the year, and we welcome attendees from other agencies too. The primary curriculum is in a constant state of change and development, and it’s particularly important to stay up to date when you are working in primary schools. We also run courses relevant to secondary teachers on a regular basis, and training that applies across the board for everyone working in education – such as information and strategies on working with SEND students.

To find out more about our commitment to you CPD, and new courses coming up, visit our ‘CPD and Training’ page here.

Call Catherine any time on 01254 507210 to discuss CPD, registration and anything else you’d like to know about Key Stage Teacher Supply!




Published Date: 30th November 2018
Category: CPD/ Training, Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching



NQTs! No job yet? No problem!

Are you a newly qualified teacher?  Not sure what to do next?

Although Summer is long over, we are still recruiting NQTs for day-to-day supply teaching work and long-term or permanent positions.

As a Newly Qualified Teacher, your recent training, fresh perspective and enthusiasm are highly prized by schools – for both casual supply work and longer term jobs.

This of course applies to both primary and secondary NQTs, working across all Key Stage and subject specialisms. So, if you’re interested, please give Catherine a call on 01254 507210. We have branches in Blackburn,Chorley and Lancaster, servicing the whole of Lancashire and Cumbria, with over 300 schools waiting to work with you!

So don’t delay, get in touch!


Published Date: 12th November 2018
Category: Key Stage Supply, NQT, Supply Teaching



Interview coming up? Calm the jitters with these tips…

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we have a lot of long-term positions starting in January – and now is the time of year when interviews will be happening.

While a lot of the usual, general advice also applies to teaching interviews – eye contact, concise answers, relaxed open posture, remembering your interviewers name… (the list goes on) – there are particular sets of questions to be prepared for as well.

Click here for a really good, comprehensive list – speaking from personal experience, you will certainly encounter at least some of these questions. It pays to be prepared – why not sketch out rough answers to each question in note form?

This Guardian article goes even further and asks Heads what sorts of answers they are looking in response to 10 key questions.

Now you are feeling clued up and ready, you should take a look at our current list of vacancies here. Or you can always give me a call on 01254 507210 to discuss registration.



Published Date: 8th November 2018
Category: General, Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching



Halloween! Avoid the horror stories, come to Key Stage!

It’s that time of year again! Not just Halloween, but time to consider registering with Key Stage Teacher Supply!

Sometimes, here at Key Stage, 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: 31st October 2018
Category: Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching



Primary Maths and English CPD with Key Stage Teacher Supply

In November, Key Stage Teacher Supply will be supporting your CPD by offering two training sessions.
The sessions are aimed at primary teachers, secondary teachers looking to work in primary schools, and teaching assistants who deliver interventions or boosters.
English – Tuesday 20th November
Maths – Monday 26th November
Venue – Hallmark Hotel, Leyland (off junction 28 of the m6)
Time – 5pm to 7pm
We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer this training with two experienced advisory teachers who have an expert and up-to-date knowledge of the primary curriculum, along with experience of working with schools across the region.
The Maths training will:
•Focus on updating supply teachers on KS1 and KS2 curriculum requirements for teaching mastery in mathematics
•Come with a disc with mastery teaching resources which will support planning and assessing quality mathematics lessons
•Be very hands-on, giving teachers practical ideas that they can adapt and use in their day-to-day placements
The English training will:
•Explore the spelling, punctuation and grammar requirements for KS1 and KS2
•Explore the importance of progression
•Focus on vocabulary acquisition to equip pupils with the language needed to support comprehension and develop effective writing skills
Each workshop will be £25.00, payable by cash, cheque or credit card.
There is a 10% discount if you book both – so the total would be £45.00.
You can pop into your branch with cash,pay over the phone with a credit card or send your cheque to: Catherine Byrom Davies, Key Stage Teacher Supply, 9 Preston New Road, Blackburn, BB2 1AR.
Please email me ( you would like to attend either or both of the sessions.
But hurry – places are limited!


Published Date: 22nd October 2018
Category: CPD/ Training, Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching, Teaching Assistants



World Teacher’s Day 2018

As it is World Teacher’s Day, we would we like to thank all of our wonderful teaching staff here at Key Stage Teacher Supply!

The work you do, day in and day out, delivering high quality teaching and support to students across the North West, is so valuable.

We really appreciate your hard work and commitment!
Thank you so much!

If you would like to register and join our team of supply teachers, please call your local office:

Blackburn 01254 507210

Chorley 1257 240960

Lancaster 01524 597170


Published Date: 5th October 2018
Category: Blackburn, Chorley, Events and Conferences, Key Stage Supply, Lancaster, Supply Teaching



International Week of Happiness at Work!

Are you happy at work?

As it’s the International Week of Happiness at Work, we want to know!

Do you need more from your role or your supply agency? Have you thought about Key Stage Teacher Supply?

We have some of the happiest supply teaching and support staff, and that’s because we can offer competitive rates, flexible hours to suit you, a choice of day-to-day of long-term jobs and friendly, helpful consultants at the end of the phone 7 days a week!

We cover the whole of Lancashire and Cumbria with our branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster who work with over 300 schools, colleges and nurseries throughout the region.

To register, or just find out more, call Catherine on 01254 507210.


Published Date: 28th September 2018
Category: Blackburn, Chorley, Key Stage Supply, Lancaster, Supply Teaching



A Prime Time for Primary Teachers

We are looking for primary supply teachers who specialise in Early Years, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 – or all three! We always have day-to-day supply available for those who prefer the flexibility of working casually, or long-term supply for those who can commit to either part-time or full-time work. We are also regularly approached by schools looking to recruit a permanent member of staff.

Key Stage Teacher Supply works with over 300 schools and nurseries across Lancashire and Cumbria, and so we have local work available all year round. We have established a reputation for supplying quality teachers to suit our client’s needs, and so we are very much in demand – and so are our primary teachers!

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


Published Date: 19th September 2018
Category: Blackburn, Chorley, Key Stage Supply, Lancaster, Supply Teaching



Looking for STEM subject teachers across the North West!

Due to increasing demand from schools (and a national shortage!), we are looking for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths teachers* to work in our secondary schools across Lancashire and Cumbria via our Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster branches.

*Example specialisms sought by schools:
Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Applied Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Design Technology, Computer Science, Economics…*

Demand is high for teachers with QTS and QTLS, across all STEM specialisms – to fill short-term, long-term and permanent roles across the North West. Our supply teaching staff work as teachers, cover supervisors and 1:1 tutors, so there is a range of opportunities for supply STEM teachers to make an impact in our local schools. Not only is flexible work available to suit your preferred work/life balance, but there is also scope for career progression via long-term and permanent roles.

To find out more, please call Catherine on 01254 507210.



Published Date: 10th September 2018
Category: General, Key Stage Supply, NQT, Supply Teaching



New Autumn term, new job!

‘All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey…..’

Well, not quite. But the Autumn term is upon us – and it’s the ideal time to turn over a new leaf with Key Stage Teacher Supply!

If you are looking for supply teaching work in the North West of England, then get in touch and arrange your registration interview with Key Stage. What better way to start the new school 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.

We work with over 300 schools,nurseries, colleges and children’s centres across Lancashire and Cumbria – via our network of branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster, with friendly, helpful consultants at the end of the phone 24/7. Our priority is finding the right work for you, giving you the work-life balance you’re looking for.

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


Published Date: 3rd September 2018
Category: Blackburn, Chorley, General, Key Stage Supply, Lancaster, Supply Teaching