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Opportunities for Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants play such a vital role in supporting children to learn, working closely with teachers to make sure pupils enjoy learning in a safe and caring setting. Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we are always looking to recruit the very best teaching assistants and nursery practitioners to support the children in our schools and nurseries.

The job can include:

  • – getting the classroom ready for lessons
  • – helping children who need extra support to complete tasks
  • – helping teachers to plan learning activities and complete records
  • – supporting teachers in managing class behaviour
  • – supervising groups
  • – taking part in training
  • – helping with days out and sports events
  • – carrying out administrative tasks
  • – providing bilingual support where necessary (if you have additional language skills)


And we are looking for:

  • – experience of working with children
  • – the ability to build relationships with children, teachers, parents and carers
  • – the ability to manage groups of children and cope with challenging behaviour
  • – flexibility and creativity
  • – the ability to work as part of a team
  • – good Maths and English skills
  • – patience and a sense of humour
  • – a relevant level 2 or 3 qualification


To find out more about the work we have available for our supply teaching assistants across Lancashire and Cumbria, give us a call:

Blackburn – 01254 507210

Chorley – 01257 240960

Lancaster – 01524 597170




Published Date: 17th May 2018
Category: Key Stage Supply, Teaching Assistants, Uncategorized



Teaching Assistants! Go get that job!

When you are preparing for a teaching assistant 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 draw on practical 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 and application form, so make sure you know it well and you’re prepared to elaborate on it.
Use the SAR technique to answer questions:
S: Situation – describe the situation you were in – give specific examples.
A: Action – describe what you did in the situation. Be very specific about what you did.
R: Result – Describe the results you achieved. What was the effect of your action, why was it successful.
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 do you want to be a teaching assistant?
 Why do you think you would be a good teaching assistant?
 What do you think is the role of the teaching assistant?
 Why do you think the role of the teaching assistant is important?
 What can you bring to the role that other candidates may not bring?
 What are your strengths as a teaching assistant?
 What do you think would be the challenges you would face in this role?
The school and staff:
 Why do you want to work at this school?
 Are you familiar with this school? What do you think makes it special?
 What is your impression of the school/organisation?
 Would you be proud to be part of this school? Why?
 Do you find it difficult working alongside older, more experienced staff?

Your experience, skills and personality:
 What’s your experience of working with children?
 Why do you enjoy working with children?
 Can you tell us about a time you successfully worked with a group of children?
 What experience could you bring from previous experiences to your work at this school
 Can you tell us about a time when you effectively worked as part of a team?
 Are you good at organising yourself and other people?
 What do you think you have to offer? Give an example of how children have benefited from contact with you.

Ensuring progress:

 What assessment strategies would you use?
 Is it important to assess learning? Why?
 How do you ensure all children are involved?
 How can we assess what pupils have learnt?
 How you support a pupil who was struggling with a specific task?
 How can we stretch our most gifted and talented learners?
 How can you tell whether children have learnt something during the task they’ve just completed?

Teaching and support teaching:
 How could you support a pupil reading?
 Is it important to assess learning? Why?
 How do you ensure all children are involved?
 Does learning have to be fun?
 How can we try and engage a demotivated pupil?
 What ideas can we try to help a pupil who is struggling compared to their peers?
 How you support a pupil who was struggling with a specific task?
 Do you have specific knowledge in any area e.g. love of maths, second language – if so how could you use it in the classroom?
 What makes a good lesson?
 How can you encourage a reluctant reader?
 Do you have any creative ideas for helping pupils who are struggling with numeracy?

Communication and behaviour management:
 Do you think you would be able to effectively communicate with parents?
 How would you manage conflict with colleagues or parents?
 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?
 Tell us about a time when you were with a group of children and something went wrong, how did you remedy the situation?
 What would you do if a child complained they were bored?
 Tell us about a time you had to use your own initiative to rescue a difficult situation?
 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?
 A group of pupils are angry and upset following a playground dispute. It’s affecting the lesson, what would you do?

Child protection issues:

 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?
 How did your previous organisation tackle child protection?
Career development
 How will you develop yourself as a teaching assistant?
 How would you like to see your career develop?
 Are you prepared to go on courses?

Questions you may ask at the end of the interview:

It is always good to go prepared with some questions you could ask at the end of the interview –
 Does the school encourage Teaching Assistant staff to undergo further training?
 How will my performance be assessed and reviewed?
 What is the most important part of a Teaching Assistant role in this school?
 What are the main things the school wishes to improve and how would I be able to help?
 What is the management structure of the teaching team? Who would I be reporting to each day?


Good Luck !


Published Date: 26th April 2018
Category: Key Stage Supply, Uncategorized



Are you a qualified Nursery Practitioner? Read on…

Whether your existing job title is Nursery Assistant, Nursery Nurse, Early Years Practitioner… We want to hear from you!

Right now, we have fantastic opportunities available for supply nursery staff across Lancashire and Cumbria. With our three branches in Blackburn, Chorley and Lancaster, we work with a large number of nurseries, children’s centres and Foundation Stage classes within schools – which means a huge number of work opportunities all year round, both on a casual and long-term basis.

Here’s a breakdown of the main areas each branch works in:

Blackburn branch: Blackburn with Darwen, Accrington / Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Burnley, Rossendale

Chorley branch: Chorley, Leyland, West Lancashire, Ormskirk, Wigan, Bolton

Lancaster branch: Lancaster, Morecambe, Fylde Coast, Preston, Kendal, Ulverston, Barrow-in-Furness

In all of these areas, we can offer flexible work to fit around your life and commitments. To work in these roles, we are looking for fully qualified staff with either Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications, and a GCSE grade C in Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English. We are also looking for people who can demonstrate their overall suitability to work with children – through the completion of a successful interview, references and a DBS clearance.

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


Published Date: 28th November 2017
Category: Key Stage Supply, Teaching Assistants, Uncategorized



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



Consultants wanted!

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply we are moving into some exciting times and as we embark on our growth strategy, we need dedicated, motivated individuals that can join our successful education consultants in Blackburn, Lancaster and Chorley.

With over 50 years of Corporate and SME experience within the education sector, Sharon and I are eager to give you the complete toolkit on how to set up and run a profitable primary and/ or secondary desk, all we need from you is the right MINDSET.

If you are a graduate looking for an exciting opportunity in recruitment, or already have experience of working in education and want to extend your skills and knowledge, then I would like to hear from you. Email me at or call 01254 507210.



Published Date: 27th June 2017
Category: Uncategorized



Great feedback from the primary curriculum training!

A very big thank you to all who attended the primary English training last night. As ever, it was a great success, with lots of great feedback from attendees.

‘Great CPD, very useful and helpful to stay up-to-date.’

B. Hughes

‘Really good for providing a “child’s eye view” of reading and writing.’

L. Davies

Going forward, we will be adding online training into our CPD mix for our supply teachers and teaching assistants – so keep your eye on your emails!

As ever, if you would like to discuss registration with Key Stage Teacher Supply, please call Catherine on 01254 507210.


Published Date: 24th January 2017
Category: CPD/ Training, Uncategorized



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

From everyone at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we wish you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

Our offices are closed now until Tuesday 3rd January, but you can contact us by phone on all three of our branch numbers:

Blackburn – 01254 507210

Chorley – 01257 240960

Lancaster – 01524 597170

See you in the New Year! (It’s going to be a busy one!)


Published Date: 23rd December 2016
Category: General, Uncategorized



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



Anti-Bullying Week – some information and resources……/…/

Above are some links to information and resources for national Anti-Bullying Week, which starts today and continues until Friday.

Here at Key Stage Teacher Supply, we are always keen to support initiatives that make schools happier and safer places for students and staff alike. Our recruitment process places great emphasis on the importance of safeguarding children, and we believe that having high quality teachers and support staff in schools helps to foster an environment where students feel safe, and also feel secure in raising any issues they may be experiencing.

To find out more about Key Stage Teacher Supply, please visit or call us on 01254 507210.


Published Date: 14th November 2016
Category: Uncategorized



Primary Curriculum Training – Another CPD Success!

Well, we have come to the end of our four sessions of Primary Curriculum training now, and we would like to thank everyone who attended, and also our fantastic trainers.

The training was a great success, and the feedback consensus is that it was really practical, useful and well delivered.

Take a look at what a couple of the attendees said:

Excellent, good quality and very valuable!  I think it is important to ensure that we are kept up to date when new initiatives or curriculum changes are introduced.  Many thanks for organising them.

L. Clegg

Although I was only able to make it to two of the four I found the presenters to be of an excellent standard.  The style of delivery and the content was superb.  I would definitely like to learn from them in the future.

S. Woodhouse

We are planning to run both the English and Maths courses again in October, so watch this space!


Published Date: 22nd July 2016
Category: Uncategorized