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Heads wants to promote a TA From L2 to L4 for PPA cover

Discussion in 'Governors' started by paulfromhyde, May 8, 2013.

  1. My head wants to promote a TA from level 2 to 4, so that they can cover PPA.
    The person has a specialism and qualifications in dance, which is what lesson she will be doing.
    My concern is that we will be laying her at higher level, when she will just be teaching dance for 6 lessons a week. Then doing her current duties for the rest of the time.

    As far as I was aware, if the person has a recognised qualification in the subject, then they can teach it, without having to be at L4.

    I just feel that if I am paying someone at Level 4, I want them to be doing a lot more.

    Any opinions or legal viewpoints on this?

    Do governors have to approve a TAs promotion?
  2. You certainly cannot pay her at two levels so have to make a decision how she will be used in consultation with the head.

    If a person has a qualification and is teaching a subject then L2 TA is not an appropriate rate even for just 6 lessons .

    As it will have an impact on the budget and, presumably, was not factored in at budget setting then I would be of the opinion that Governors should take a view. Perhaps, if the TA has the experience, she could cover more PPA sessions, or take on line management of TAs under the SENCo.

    This needs serious discussion and an awareness of what the TA is willing/able to do.
  3. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    This isn't something governors would normally get involved in.I wouldn't expect it to be discussed with governors unless it was going to result in an overspend of the staffing budget for the entire school. Governors are expected to delegate staff appointments below leadership group to the headteacher and leave them to get on with it.

    I suggest you post this on the Headteacher forum as well.
  4. I'm not sure why you say she cannot be paid at 2 different levels. TAs in the school where I work are paid at 2 different rates depending on whether they are covering PPA or working as a TA in the class. I don't agree with this but it is a fact in many schools.

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