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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.


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



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 !


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



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.


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



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



Five reasons to fall in love with supply teaching

Five reasons to fall in love with supply teaching

Here at Key Stage, we love to hear stories about why our supply teachers love what they do, so here are our top reasons why everyone should fall in love with the best job in town.

  1. The kids are brilliant

Not only are you getting the opportunity to have more experience in the classroom: you get a snapshot view of some amazing young people’s lives. Key Stage supplies teachers for nurseries, colleges, primary, secondary and SEND schools.

  1. Differentiation from day to day

No two days are the same in supply teaching.  Key Stage branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster send their teachers to all sorts of schools in lots of different areas across the North West, from Accrington to Ulverston, in an array of subject areas. The varieties of placements available mean that every day is different.

  1. Long term opportunities

In supply, teachers could be covering classes for prolonged periods of time, keeping our teachers busy for weeks or months, and with great, long term jobs can come greater, and longer term opportunities (you might even secure yourself a full time role). Key Stage offers both day-to-day and long term placements for their teachers.

  1. The Fun Factor

There are worse ways to spend your days than helping a class of young people in a cover lesson. On the Key Stage website, we provide fun tips for lesson plans and our consultants provide support for NQTs, as well as book and website recommendations. Your placement will be as fun and interesting as you make it, and with the diversity between jobs, supply teaching is sure to keep you on your toes.

  1. You make a difference

What could be better than teaching a class of nine-year-olds how to spell ‘because’, or explaining that the moon isn’t made of cheese to a year seven class? Supply teachers have the capability of making young people into educated and responsible citizens, whether it be through a 60 minute session or two months of lessons.

So what are you waiting for?

For more information on why we think that supply teaching is simply the best, give us a call, or check out our website.



Published Date: 31st August 2017
Category: General, Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching



Interview coming up? Calm the jitters with these tips…

While a lot of the usual 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: 19th May 2017
Category: Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching



Primary supply teachers wanted!

While we are always recruiting for supply staff, we currently have a variety of long-term positions available for primary teachers across Lancashire and Cumbria. We are looking for primary 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, but right now we are particularly looking for teachers who can commit to long-term work – whether it is part-time or full-time.

Key Stage Teacher Supply work with over 300 schools and nurseries across Lancashire and Cumbria, and so we have local work available for you 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: 25th April 2017
Category: Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching



Early Years teaching positions available now!

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we currently have several long-term positions available for Early Years teachers. This reflects a shortage of specialist Early Years teachers on our books – so we would really like to speak to both NQTs and more experienced teachers who either hold EYTS or QTS, and who also have significant Early Years experience.

Specialist Early Years / Foundation Stage teachers will access work in schools, nurseries and children’s centres, both on a short and long-term basis. There is a high level of demand from our clients right now for supply teachers with this specialism. Your expert knowledge of the Early Years framework and the developmental stages of younger children is really valued by schools and childcare settings, and we have supply work available for you all year round.

To find out more about the supply teaching work we have available across Lancashire and Cumbria, just call Catherine on 01254 507210. We have branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster, and we work with over 300 school and nurseries across the North West!


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



Newly Qualified Teachers at Key Stage Teacher Supply

We are coming to the time of year when trainee teachers are completing their studies – some of you will finish in April and many more in June or July, and we know that right now you are looking for your first teaching positions.

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we are always keen to work with NQTs, and to help you find your first position. We have day-today and long-term work available all year round for primary and secondary supply teachers. We are conscious that you are keen to complete your induction period, and over the years we have placed hundreds of candidates in positions where they have gained valuable experience and completed that final stage of their training. We work with over 300 local school and nurseries across Lancashire and Cumbria, and they are all keen to work with staff who have fresh, up-to-date training and a great enthusiasm to get started with their careers!

If you are an NQT, and you are interested in registering with us, please call Catherine on 01254 507210.


Published Date: 9th March 2017
Category: NQT, Supply Teaching



The Science of teaching

Due to increasing demands from schools (and a national shortage!), we are always looking for Science teachers to work in our 300+ schools across Lancashire and Cumbria. For both day-to-day supply teaching work and long-term positions, we need Science teachers specialising in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, along with applied specialisms too.

We have branches of Key Stage Teacher Supply in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster, with local work available for you to access on your terms – either part-time or full-time, short or long-term. To register for work (or just find out more), call Catherine on 01254 507210.



Published Date: 27th February 2017
Category: General, Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching