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How to survive ppa

Discussion in 'Primary' started by becktonboy, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    It is more satisfying if you can take a particular subject/area - you will then have to assist the teacher when assessing/reporting on it. If you have a particular strength, use it: if teachers tell you they want certain objectives addressed you can still take your own approach (music, art, drama, ICT etc). If you are presented with planning remember it is MUCH easier to follow your own planning and use your own resources
    than trying to follow someone else's - especially if they knew that
    they would not be the one teaching with them. I have been presented with resources marked Low/Middle/High and recorded
    as such but then discovered working groups called a variety of names,
    none of which appear on planning. I have also been given planning that
    didn't make sense or match the resources alluded to. You get PPA too and you should make use of it for this kind of preparation and marking.
    Don't let teachers be lazy - if they want something specific taught in a certain way,
    ensure the means are there to teach it, the objectives are clear, the
    school/class has the necessary resources, the classroom is properly equipped,
    routines / groupings are explained etc.
    A simple instruction like 'children to record on whiteboards' can take up 10 minutes of a lesson as you discover half the pens don't work, children endlessly negotiate who gives what out or they don't know where things are - later you discover it should have been paired writing or that a particular child should have had a particular task and they are now weeping in the corner....
    TAs work with the class, not a teacher, when you are with a class, the TA should be there - not 'helping' the class teacher on PPA - unless you say so.
    Don't make changes to people's classrooms, make suggestions or requests - it's the professional way to do it.
  2. I covered PPA for a year in my large Primary School at my own request; I'd wanted to ensure quality PE was delivered across the board - so that is what I offered and achieved,but I also provided subsidiary non core subjects where I could offer strengths that my colleagues might suffer from less confidence(e.g. ICT, D & T). So I would recommend, as has been suggested, push your specialist field in the first instance but ask the teacher whether there is a field you could do something they are less comfortable delivering so that everyone ends up happy. Dog wags tail,not vice versa.
  3. upsadaisy

    upsadaisy New commenter

    I agree try to see if you could take a subject area across the school? P.E., Music, French(MFL),
  4. Becton boy will i get ppa if i work only 3 days?
  5. lardylegs

    lardylegs Occasional commenter

    Yes, you should . You may be asked to opt to be paid to take your PPA at home, but the 3-day teacher in my school gets 1.5 hours of PPA time on one of her 3 afternoons. (Has tiny children, so can't do it at home!)
  6. Poppy_Red

    Poppy_Red New commenter

    Wow lardy, your ppa teacher gets it good! I only get 2 hours PPA for working full time!
  7. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    yes, you are entitled to PPA equivalent to 10% of your teaching time. Getting paid extra hours in lieu as lardy suggests is a possibility for part-timers wanted to cover whole sessions by schools.

  8. I agree inky, I am also worried about the uncertainty of it. When i was in school before I would see ppa teachers covering a class would talk to the teacher get the plan, go through it and then when they have come in the next day there told so and so is ill, needs time out, on course etc etc, you need to cover another class!!! I am dreading this. Also like i previously said i have never taught year 4and 5 and think my subject knowledge is lacking!!! Also behaviour management with the older ones seem tough!

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