It’s NOT TOO EARLY to get signed up with us, schools are already talking to us about their supply needs for September 2015 and we have vacancies for day-to-day bookings right up until Summer 2015 just after you have finished your placement. The work is flexible; we will work around your remaining assignments, placement days, interviews and social activities in the areas and locations you can get to.

When I completed my PGCE, I worked with a supply agency in order to widen my experience with schools. Supply work gives you an opportunity to see which schools you enjoy and which you’d be happy to accept a permanent job offer from. I developed my behaviour management strategies and assessment methods by working on supply, and also picked up various lesson plans and marking strategies which more experienced teachers were seeing success with. I talked with other teachers, who I would not have otherwise been introduced to had it not been for supply work; this allowed me to ‘pick the brains’ of more senior teachers and also met other recent NQTs who I shared tips and advice with. You’ll get a range of ideas and experience with displays, planning, classroom organisation and behaviour management for when you accept a permanent job in September 2015 or beyond.

I quite quickly built up a “supply bag”, which included lesson plans, stickers, USB drives with various online links/videos to support my plans, various coloured pens for marking, worksheets (for all ages) and a SatNav (VITAL!!) This enabled me to take day-to-day bookings from a couple of weeks in advance to those last minute sickness calls confidently.

We often hear mixed feedback from our teachers about other agencies, so we know there are a few myths out there with supply teaching and agencies. I will try to answer the Frequently Asked Questions we get and dispel the myths below:

Q. Do I have to go to a school if you ask me to?

A. No! You are completely free to say “yes” or “no” as you please. If you particularly like a school, then let us know and we’ll get you back in there. If you don’t want to go to a school due to location or a previous experience, then please pass this on and we won’t ask you about that school again.

Q. Do you take a ‘cut’ of my daily pay?

A. No! Whatever we agree as your daily pay, we will pay you every penny of that. We don’t take a cut of your daily pay whatsoever.

Q. Do I have to pay for a new DBS?

A. Short answer is yes unless you have already signed up to the DBS Update Service. We highly recommend doing this as it’ll mean you won’t ever have to pay for a DBS again. We charge a standard £44 for a new DBS (we don’t make a single penny on this), which will allow you to work on supply. Please ask me if you have any questions about the Update Service.

Q. Can I work on supply before I get my QTS certificate?

A. Yes, we can place you into schools with the school’s permission in a variety of roles as soon as you have finished your final placement. This works particularly well when your placement schools ask for you back on supply via Key Stage.

Q. Do I need to give you any notice if I accept a permanent job?

A. No. Just call us to tell us, we will congratulate you and stop calling you for supply work. It’s as easy as that, you won’t be bound in any contract with us whatsoever.

We work with a wide range of schools in:

  • Wigan
  • Chorley
  • Bolton
  • Warrington
  • St Helens
  • Ormskirk
  • Southport
  • Leyland
  • Preston
  • Blackburn
  • Burnley
  • Lancaster
  • Kendal
  • Barrow


Please ask your placement school(s) about us, ask the question “would you book me on supply if I was to register with Key Stage?” And see what response you get, you’ll be able to be paid to go back into your placement school(s)!

If you need to contact me, please email me directly at or speak to Catherine Byrom, our Resource Co-ordinator and also a former teacher on 01254 507210 or email

We look forward to hearing from you.