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I was under the impression that as PPA is guaranteed and is non-directed time it could not be taken from a teacher in order to provide cover for absent colleagues. The STPCD documents states that PPA cannot be used for cover, but our school seem to interpret this as 'it can still be used in a unforeseen circumstances' for example a colleague phones in sick and supply is not available.
Our (primary) school has a record of 'requesting' teachers to give up PPA to cover but never repaying it.
I've been told that to refuse to cover, even when PPA is timetabled, could result in disciplinary action, because a head has the authority to mobilse teachers around school as they see fit.
bowheadI've been told that to refuse to cover, even when PPA is timetabled, could result in disciplinary action, because a head has the authority to mobilse teachers around school as they see fit.
My understanding is that in exceptional circumstances you could be asked to use your PPA time to cover. However this would be in extremis (say a snow day when half the staff are not in school at the start of the day). It must be paid back though with PPA at another time.
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