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PPA time: using support staff for cover

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Last updated on 8 December 2016
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Can teaching assistants cover PPA time? This article sets out advice from the Department for Education and others on cover for planning, preparation and assessment (PPA) time, including whether teaching assistants can cover regular PPA sessions.

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  1. 1 Support staff can cover classes during PPA time
  2. 2 HLTAs delivering lessons to cover PPA time
  3. 3 Using level 3 TAs for PPA cover
  4. 4 FAQs on support staff covering PPA time
  5. 5 Staff/pupil ratios: considerations when support staff cover classes

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