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Dealing with behaviour issues during PPA

Discussion in 'Primary' started by nick909, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. nick909

    nick909 Lead commenter

    Lost count of the number of PPA sessions disrupted by being called out to deal with behaviour issues in my class.
    I know I'm entitled to refuse and request it be escalated straight to SLT.
    In reality this is quite a difficult thing to do, with colleagues I work with every day requesting my help - it's normally far quicker for me to pop down and deal with it than for it to go through SLT
    What do you do? How do you manage it? Do you refuse?
     
  2. When I covered PPA, I wouldn't have dreamed of calling on the class teacher unless it was a proper emergency, and even then they didn't have to be on site so there was no guarantee they would be around. Surely if someone is paid (pretty good) money to cover PPA then they should be capable of controlling the class?
    I know some schools employ teachers while others use TAs but whatever cover has been chosen, then they should be capable of doing the job.
    I would speak to SMT about it and then probably find a quiet corner where I couldn't be called upon easily!
     
  3. i have a challenging class, and I've had a teacher covering my class on a wed am for about 6 weeks now, every week she has been in I have had to come in to deal with behaviour

    Its something i just do, i suppose it could go to smt, but i understand its really frustrating :(
     
  4. lardylady

    lardylady Lead commenter

    Not only should you refer the unruly behaviour of your class to the SMT, but also the PPA teacher's inability to deal with it effectively.
     
  5. The Red Heron

    The Red Heron New commenter

    Traditionally we always had PPA at home until this year when have to stay at school. My big issues are: the chairs are tiny, the tables are too low, the school is too noisy, the environment isnt conducive to being productive. I have been hunched over a laptop today for two hours and 5 hrs later my back and neck are still killing me-thats why we should have it at home
     
  6. the headteacher said after three weeks when i mentioned I had to come in and she thought about having someone else come in to cover them, but I said to give the girl a chance as they are difficult but three weeks later no difference.

    the woman who covered it before had a clear reward system that was seperate from mine, (still used same sanctions) and my kids really responded to it.
    I told her the first week to have something in place, but she hasn;t yet :(

     
  7. upsadaisy

    upsadaisy New commenter

    I know this may not be popular, but we have a very badly behaved class and during the teacher's ppa time the main culprits are distributed around the school to other classes with work. I don't even notice the one that comes to me, he just sits at a table and gets on with it. Sometimes I put him to work helping children in my class.
     
  8. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    I prefer to have a disrupted PPA to sort out problems then and there, than get back to them the next day.

    I hate being left a list of names with the message they have been told they will miss the following day's break. The PPA teacher only works one day a week, so I then have to supervise the missed play.

    Wandering in every now and then with the pretence of getting something from my cupboard also reminds my class I am around and expect them to behave. And it means that I can praise them if all is going well.

    Referring the minor issues, generally caused by poorly planned lessons and no consistent use of rewards and sanctions, to SMT would be unfair to my class. Yes they choose to misbehave, but the teacher does need to take some responsibility. And I do too as their class teacher.
     
  9. flickaz

    flickaz New commenter

    I refuse to come up to class. Any behaviour issues should be dealt with by the PPA teacher. I made this mistake previously and the class ended up with no respect for the cover teacher. They viewed her as "soft" as the only thing she would do is call for me. Now, any issues are dealt with by my TA or the PPA teacher unless they are serious enough to warrant SMT.
     
  10. I meant speak to SMT about the PPA teacher, not the class. I agree that poor lesson planning is often the reason for poor behaviour and would hate to have to give my class up to someone who can't be bothered to plan decent lessons.
     
  11. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Oh been there done that. He is fully aware and has been in to the lessons to observe as well.
    Yeps I do too! I had no choice about the subjects and hate seeing them have deadly boring lessons that I could easily make much more exciting. But that sounds sooooo horribly arrogant.

    The thing I do very much object to is having to sort out issues for other people's classes in my PPA time if SMT are busy. I am not SMT and so should not really be 'on call'. I do share my PPA with my year team partner, so we do share the call outs as well, but it is annoying none the less.
     
  12. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    This seem so odd to me. In additon to not teaching my class during my PPA time I teach 2 other year groups science in my school, while my class are taught by specialists. I could not imagine being sent for in either instance. We might pass on messages at lunch time/ end of day, but never be sent for, for our classes behaviour.
     

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