It's actually 10% of your weekly <u>teaching</u> time, which makes it somewhat less than you might think from the above. Never mind - But what's all this about "PPA <u>cover</u>"? What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. However, as the politicians know, the way one describes something is actually extremely important. It betrays how one's mind is working and gives people an impression - sometimes the wrong one. As long as you call it "cover" you are showing you have the wrong mind-set about it, and you are also giving the wrong impression to other people. In these economically challenged days, when PPA time is under threat, the last thing you want to imply is that person teaching your class is "covering" for you! This is because the word "cover" has historically been used for a temporary, arrangement caused by an unexpected absence. It has the connotation that the person being "covered for" really ought to be there, and would be if only they could. Worse, it has the connotation that the kids aren't getting as good a deal as they would if the "proper" teacher were there teaching them. The reality is, as pointed out above and as a secondary teacher pointed out earlier, that the cover teacher is not "covering" you. You are not unexpectedly absent. You are not ill. You are quite capable of being in with the class and teaching them. You are simply not timetabled to teach them at that time. So he/she is not <u>covering</u> for you or for your PPA time. If the teacher were absent and you went into the class, then you would be <u>covering for him</u>! That we use the term PPA cover is indicative that somehow or other, primary school teachers have not really, fully grasped the concept of PPA. It;s as though a parent described a school as "covering" for her while she went out to work during the day. Or perhaps a better example, it's like a teacher describing the parents of children in her class as "covering" for her (the teacher) during the evening and the night when the school is closed. When you have your PPA your class is taught by another teacher. To all intents and purposes it is his/her class while he/she is teaching it. It's as simple as that.