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What subjects do you miss out on teaching due to PPA/NQT time?

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by rugby_gal06, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. I'm in the process of applying for my first post and I've seen which subjects I could miss out on teaching due to PPA/NQT time, such as PE. How do you gain experience in these areas to make sure that you can teach them effectively in your second year of teaching?
     
  2. The PPA model in my school has changed several time since it was introduced, so I have 'missed' teaching different subjects in different years. With PPA and being part time, I am actually only teaching 5 subjects this year. I don't look on it as a bad thing as I am in a new position and it is giving me the opportunity to really focus on those subjects in topics that are new to me.
    I also work in a school that does let us teach to our subject strengths, so don't teach certain subjects, as I teach someone elses music, for example while they have my class for PE.
    It will depend on the PPA model where you are employed. You may be able to choose what your PPA teacher does and change it from term to term. If it is covered by a specialist teaching them PE/Music/languages you may choose to use some of your NQT time to team teach alongside the specialist to ensure you don't lose those skills (while also picking up good pointers from experienced staff)- NQT time is not always best spent out of the classroom. You could team teach to your strengths in your next post and still not teach all curriculum areas.
    (I can't honestly say that I remember the last time I taught PE as I've always had someone else do it for me. Sometimes I wonder about this, but as there are very few teachers that worry that they don't teach their own Music, then it can't be too bad! I don't consider myself deskilled in the subject though, I just appreciate that it would take a bit more planning and consideration to do a good job next year if I had to teach it.)
     
  3. In my school all teachers miss out on teaching RE and Outdoor PE (PPA time) but for my NQT time I was allowed to sort it out for myself as I decided my own timetable. This means that I've tried various things out depending on the half term and who was covering from me (ie an experienced teacher in that school, or a supply teacher with only a year's teaching experience themselves who couldn't control the class well enought to teach maths). It's a bit of a nuisance in a lot of ways to be honest - I'll be glad to stop being an NQT!
    Px
     
  4. oldsizenines

    oldsizenines New commenter

    We miss out on teaching PE, as a specialist agency comes in to teach it. This also means we get our PPA time in 2 x 1hr slots per week - I definitely don't get as much done as I could!
     
  5. I agree on this too. It depends on the PPA model. My school has changed several time since it was introduced, so I have 'missed' teaching different subjects in different years. With PPA and being part time, I am actually only teaching 5 subjects this year. I don't look on it as a bad thing as I am in a new position and it is giving me the opportunity to really focus on those subjects in topics that are new to me.

    Independent School London
     

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