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Our Management Team

Initially, we started offering PPA Cover to schools through our sister company ClubsComplete Ltd in 2010. By 2013, ClubsComplete offered 14 different services to schools, parents and local communities therefore we decided to branch PPA Cover into a separate, dedicated entity to cater for the ever growing needs of UK primary schools.

In 2013, we opened the business with 10 primary schools delivering MFL, PE, Dance & Drama to children: at this point, only the Directors delivered all of the lessons. Due to the Directors passion and expertise in the field of MFL (both hold First Class Degrees in languages), they decided to research and write their own MFL curriculum anticipating the 2014 compulsory element of the curriculum.

LinguaLearn© was created and established in 2014 and became the UK’s first primary MFL curriculum for both specialist and non-specialist teachers. The unique qualities of the programme include practical lessons such as teaching Spanish and French through PE and covering all areas of the new National Curriculum through fun and engaging lessons.

In late 2014, we started to offer Gymnastics, Dance, Music and Art as well as PE, Drama and MFL. Music became our second most popular subject and we rapidly developed our expertise in the area by employing Music specialists who helped to build our Music programme which now also has an interactive whiteboard resource kit too!

Now, we employ over 100+ people and operate 180 PPA sessions per week, enriching the lives of over 46,242 children per week!

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Kerry Barsby

A shareholder and Company Director, Kerry graduated from the University of East Anglia with a First Class BA Hons degree in Spanish, Translation & Media (including a Business Diploma module at the University of Alicante). Kerry speaks fluent Spanish, intermediate French, and basic Italian and is currently learning Russian.

Kerry has numerous qualifications related to childcare that she has obtained both on an independent basis and via the County Council. She has years of experience working with children and still actively practices her teaching knowledge by teaching Spanish in a Coventry primary school one afternoon per week. The remainder of Kerry’s time is spent on managing the company’s progress, working closely with Stacey to ensure the smooth running of the day-to-day activities of the business. Kerry is responsible for all finance activities and works closely with Jo to ensure a steady cash flow and that all staff and suppliers are paid on time. Kerry also visits our primary schools throughout the UK and Spain to observe the provision that we are providing, giving full observation reports to help staff develop further.

Kerry’s qualifications include:

  • BA Hons in Spanish, Translation & Media
  • LAMDA qualifications in Dance & Drama
  • Leicestershire County Council certified in Practical Business Planning
  • Leicestershire County Council certified in Safeguarding (Designated Person)
  • St John Ambulance qualified in First Aid
  • NDNA qualified in EYFS Physical Development
  • Business Diploma from University of Alicante
  • Leicestershire County Council certified in Autism
  • Certified Spanish Translator
  • Leicestershire County Council certified in Risk Assessing
  • Certification in Equality and Diversity
  • Leicestershire County Council certified in Supporting Two Year Olds
  • NPLQ
  • University of Leicester Level in Russian

Stacey Barsby

A shareholder and Company Director, Stacey graduated from the University of Salford, Manchester with a First Class BA Hons degree in Translation & Interpreting with Spanish & Italian (including a semester studying at the University of Bologna, Italy). Stacey speaks fluent Spanish, intermediate French & Italian and is currently learning Russian.

Stacey has years of experience working with children including private language tuition and classroom teaching. Stacey still actively practices her teaching knowledge by teaching Spanish in a Leicestershire primary school one afternoon per week to KS1 and KS2. Stacey has a variety of qualifications related to teaching and childcare that she has obtained both on an independent basis and via the County Council. The remainder of Stacey’s time is spent on managing the company’s progress, working closely with Amelia and Kerry to future proof the company and plan the progression. Stacey is heavily involved in the Spanish side of the business and regularly travels to our sites in Spain and also hosts our UK primary schools on residential trips to her school in Spain. In addition to this, she visits our primary schools throughout the UK and Spain to observe the provision that we are providing, giving full observation reports to help staff develop further.

Stacey’s qualifications include:

  • BA Hons in Translation & Interpreting with Spanish and Italian
  • LAMDA qualifications in Dance & Drama
  • Leicestershire County Council certified in “Marketing my Childcare Business”
  • Leicestershire County Council certified in Safeguarding
  • St John Ambulance qualified in First Aid
  • Creative Education certified in Behaviour Management in Primary Schools
  • Leicestershire County Council certified in Autism
  • Certified Spanish & Italian Translator
  • Certification in Equality and Diversity
  • Leicestershire County Council certified in Supporting Two Year Olds
  • Leicestershire County Council certified in Risk Assessing
  • University of Leicester Level in Russian
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.