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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is your quality assurance system? +

    For more information on our Quality Assurance System, click here
  • Are your staff all qualified teachers? Have they got QTS? +

    On our bank of staff we have both Qualified and Non-Qualified Teaching Specialists (approximately 60% do have QTS). If a school requires their staff to have QTS we can accommodate this, however many of our schools have experienced Outstanding gradings from Ofsted with our staff that do not have QTS. As it is not a legal requirement to have QTS to cover PPA Time, it is simply down to each school’s preference. Our priority is that all our staff are degree level qualified or equivalent in their subject areas, have a minimum of two years’ teaching experience and are trained in First Aid, Safeguarding, Inclusion, EAL, SEN and Behaviour Management.
  • Do your staff have DBS, safeguarding and first aid? +

    Yes, all staff have Enhanced DBS checks, have filled in disqualification forms, and have training in Prevent, Safeguarding, and First Aid.
  • Have your staff worked in primary schools before? +

    Yes, all our staff have experience teaching in Primary Schools.
  • Do you do assessments? +

    Yes, our assessments are carried out bi-annually on our secure online assessment system. We will simply need class lists from your school to enable us to input them into the system.
  • What do you do if your staff are off sick? +

    Our sickness policy states that staff must inform us before 7am if they are going to be off sick that day, and we then endeavour to allocate a substitute member of staff for that day. In the unlikely event that we cannot secure cover, we will inform the school with plenty of notice and issue a credit note.
  • Can you guarantee me I will get the same person week in week out? +

    Yes, our staff contracts are extremely rigid and we pride ourselves on consistency, staff are aware of this and they like to become an integral part of the school.
  • How do I get feedback? +

    Your Curriculum Support Advisor (at our HQ) will feed back to you and will also be contacting you for your feedback. They will also be observing lessons termly and carrying out termly review meetings with you.
  • What is your programme? +

    Our programmes are specific to each subject, for more information on each subject, please contact us and we will be happy to send you our Unit Frameworks.
  • Is the content in line with the National Curriculum? +

    Yes, all our content is in line with the New National Curriculum and it is constantly being updated.
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Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Friday everyone!

Just a quick ‘Hello’ to share some of the beautiful Christmas themed work the children in our Primary schools have done during their Art PPA cover lessons and French or Spanish PPA cover lessons with our super Specialists!

I officially finish for the Christmas Holidays today and as much as I am excited about my lie in on Monday I’m sad that I won’t get to see all of the other photos we receive of the beautiful Christmas work happening in our schools next week!

To share with you just why our Specialists really are the best PPA cover Specialists in the world…have a browse through some of the photographs below from a variety of our Primary schools across the country!

 

 

 

I also wanted to say a huge thank you to all schools that entered our Company Christmas Card Competition – the competition was higher than ever and the elves here at Primary PPA Cover HQ really struggle to pick and overall winner! Congratulations to the super talented pupils at Hullavington Primary School and Caroline Hudson; their very lovely art PPA cover Specialist, of whom are the winners! The pupils created very intricate mosaic style depictions of the 12 Days of Christmas using snippets of coloured paper, card and other textured materials…I am sure you’ll agree that they have done a super job and we’re all very proud of them here at Primary PPA Cover HQ!

 

Get a load of Finlay’s winning Christmas card design for our sister Company, ClubsComplete! Finlay is from Griffydam Primary school and is just 5 years old…you would never have guessed with how professional his design is (check out that beard!!). Well done Finlay, you have done an expert job and we can’t wait for our other ClubsComplete schools to receive this in the post next week! www.clubscomplete.co.uk 

Right, I’m off to join my team for a Friday Afternoon Tea at one of our local restaurants…yet another reason why Primary PPA Cover is one of the best places to work…ever!

Merry Christmas everyone, make sure you eat lots of chocolates, give lots of presents but most of all chill out and have fun!

Harley x

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wow! What a busy start to the term we’ve had!

One of my favourite things about working for Primary PPA Cover has to be the Autumn Term and how many new schools we welcome to the Primary PPA Family! This year has been no exception and we thoroughly look forward to supporting the team and pupils in each and every school we have the pleasure of working in.

This term has whizzed by so quickly that I can hardly believe I’m sitting her during the half term holiday having just sent our menu requests off for the Christmas party!! In all the excitement, I’m yet to share some of the fantastic work and progress our super Specialists and pupils have produced this term, so in celebration of European Languages Day I am pleased to share work from St Andrews South Gate Primary School in Enfield and Hullavington CofE Primary School in Gloucestershire!

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Do you know why we learn French? Well done to the children at Hullavington!

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Get a load of those eyelashes!! Excellent work from the children at St Andrews Southgate!

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Muy bien! Super Spanish writing skills from the children at St Andrews Southgate!

Another success we have celebrated this term is that our Directors; Kerry and Stacey Barsby, have been shortlisted as finalists for the national NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards – how exciting! Both Kerry and Stacey had the pleasure of meeting all of the other entrants on 3rd October at the Awards Celebration Evening in Birmingham and they certainly had a brilliant time! Their hard work and determination is just one of the many reasons we have become England’s Best PPA Recruiter and why I am so proud to work for such a progressive and future forward Company. Muy bien Kerry and Stacey!

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So, who loves cake? Thought so. We do too and even better we love teaching children how to bake and create the most delicious cakes and sweet treats through our Bake Off style clubs! If you’re fed up of ‘Soggy Bottoms’ or dream that your pupils will one day produce an ‘even bake’ Paul Hollywood would be proud of then have no fear, our sister Company ClubsComplete are here! This term enquires for our Bake Off Club have been hot out the oven and we are so pleased to inspire children on a National basis to taste, experiment and explore cooking and baking following a Bake Off Style format, whilst at the same time, supporting your current Food Provision to meet Ofsted’s standards as part of the new Common Inspection Framework. Piece of cake! www.clubscomplete.co.uk

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The showstopper created by the Star Bakers from Long Whatton Primary School’s Bake Off Club! Yummy!

In celebration this term also were several of our super clever schools and children that made it on to the Championship Leader Board in the Vocab Express International competition! Every year, several of our schools that we support with MFL PPA cover enter the online competition and this year Holy Family Catholic Primary School in Coventry came 2nd in the world with a further two of our schools making it into the top 20! What an incredible achievement!! One of the many reasons we are so proud to be England’s best PPA Cover providers for Nurseries and Primary Schools!

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Practice + Determination + Commitment = MFL Success

Congratulations to all pupils and the team at Holy Family School!

Phew! I told you we’d been busy! Thank you for taking the time to read our Autumn Term 1 blog, we can’t wait to report back in November! From all of the team here at Primary PPA Cover – enjoy your half term break…

Harley x

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A few of us celebrated a lovely Italian meal at San Giovanni's in Sheepy Magna yesterday evening to toast to a wonderful four years! 

Friday, September 08, 2017

We are thrilled that our business owners have been shortlisted as finalists for the national NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards! We look forward to  meeting all of the other entrants on 3rd October at the Awards Celebration Evening in Birmingham.