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Supply Teaching: where careers begin

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


Published Date: 11th July 2018
Category: Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching, Uncategorized



Calling all soon-to-be-retired primary and secondary teachers!

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


Published Date: 10th July 2018
Category: Blackburn, Chorley, Key Stage Supply, Lancaster, Supply Teaching, Uncategorized



Summer to September: interview tips and tricks for the budding supply teacher

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!


Published Date: 14th June 2018
Category: Key Stage Supply, Supply Teaching



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