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PPA cover so i can hopefully stay at my school

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by tiggerific1989, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. tiggerific1989

    tiggerific1989 New commenter

    Hi,
    Just looking for opinions. I started on a maternity leave cover three weeks before easter so will have a term of my NQT done by the end of this year. I have come to really like the school and get along well with the staff that work there and would ideally like to complete my NQT in one place.
    But, the problem is that the teacher i am covering is coming back in October so they have said unless i don't find a job for september they wouldn't keep me on as it wouldn't be fair on me. They did also mention they are advertising for a PPA cover teacher which i could apply for, which wouldn't be as good as having my own class but in some ways i think i'm prepared to sacrfice that to stay on at this school.
    I'm also really nervous about applying for it and if i was to get an interview, attending with people i know and work with!
    Any opinions or thoughts would be appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
  2. tiggerific1989

    tiggerific1989 New commenter

    Hi,
    Just looking for opinions. I started on a maternity leave cover three weeks before easter so will have a term of my NQT done by the end of this year. I have come to really like the school and get along well with the staff that work there and would ideally like to complete my NQT in one place.
    But, the problem is that the teacher i am covering is coming back in October so they have said unless i don't find a job for september they wouldn't keep me on as it wouldn't be fair on me. They did also mention they are advertising for a PPA cover teacher which i could apply for, which wouldn't be as good as having my own class but in some ways i think i'm prepared to sacrfice that to stay on at this school.
    I'm also really nervous about applying for it and if i was to get an interview, attending with people i know and work with!
    Any opinions or thoughts would be appreciated.
    Thanks.
     
  3. PPA cover is really rewarding. It provides you with an opportunity for variety and experience, which will be very useful if and when you start to climb the ladder. Pupils also look forward to your lessons as it breaks the week up a bit for them.
    Never been in the position myself but I imagine it would be fairly daunting attending an interview with colleagues, but my advice would be just to go for it and do your best, this is what YOU want and unfortunately that means somebody else will have to lose out.
     
  4. jubilee

    jubilee Star commenter

    Would the PPA cover be full time?
     
  5. tiggerific1989

    tiggerific1989 New commenter

    Yes, it is full time for a year. And if i was to be successful i would probably cover the first half term of the maternity cover and then start PPA cover. Thanks for the replies so far.
    I'm guessing if i got to interview, my mentor as the deputy, would be on the panel which i would find awkward but have to wait and see if i even get an interview!
     
  6. Hi tiggerific1989,
    I have been in this position, where I've been interviewed by people I've worked with. It was the head, deputy and KS1 co-ord. It isn't as awkward as you'd imagine, they're probably feeling awkward interviewing you too.
    If you do get an interview, which is most likely as an internal candidate, be sure to sell yourself. You may think they know everything about you, but they don't, so make sure they do blab on about how great you are. I made the mistake of not doing so, and the head mentioned this in the interview feedback, luckily I got the job anyway, but it's something I'll remember for the future!
    As for the PPA post, yeh go for it! NQT year can be the most stressful, and speaking from experience it helps doing it in a school you know! I worked in my current school for 2 terms before starting my NQT year with them, and feel it really gave me an advantage.
    Best of luck :)
     
  7. PPA cover does not normally allow you to carry on and complete induction as you may not be covering the full duties as a teacher. The LA can advise on whether the post would or would not be suitable for induction. That said, being in the school would mean that if an opportunity came up for a teaching post you would be the first to know.
    The Sage
     
  8. That's good to hear. I would have been very surprised if the post had not been induction-friendly. Generally PPA cover is suitable providing you are planning and assessing the work completed, and of course you should recieve your own PPA time for this as well.
    This has happened in two different ways in schools I have worked in. The first is that the PPA teacher co-ordinates and teaches all lessons in one particular subject area (seems to be RE in a lot of schools). The other is that the teacher does not co-ordinate a subject but teaches a range of subjects (perhaps specialist areas of a key subject, e.g. Poetry, Speaking and Listenng) to different classes during the main teachers PPA.
    The exception is when a HLTA or Instructor is recruited and teaches lessons that are prepared and assessed by the regular class teacher. This type of post is not suitable for induction.
     

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