Raising Attainment In Primary Schools

About Us

A dedicated team of education specialists that raise attainment in primary schools

We are proud to be the UK’s leading PPA cover specialists, working with over 150 primary schools to raise attainment and standards of creative subjects as well as mentoring class teachers and members of SLT with the delivery and requirements of numerous subjects.

 

    Our guarantees to your school:

    • We will improve the standard of specialist subjects
    • Assessments twice per year by our staff, saving your teachers time
    • Children will be able to demonstrate practical and theoretical understanding of the subject(s) we teach
    • Outstanding lesson plans and resources will be provided by our staff coordinators
    • We endeavour to provide sickness cover
    • If reuqired, termly observations carried out by our senior staff on all of our teachers, ensuring a high quality provision
    • Training provided three times per year ensuring CPD (SEN, Behaviour Management, EAL, Safeguarding, First Aid etc.)
    • We take care of all admin and employment costs: NI, Tax, Holiday Pay, Sick Pay, Pensions, Contracts, Appraisals, Dismissals, IR35 compliance, etc.

    All full-time primary school teachers have a legal entitlement to an allocated period of time to support their Planning, Preparation and Assessment and schools are required to assign these hours to additional staff to ensure that the delivery of the curriculum is maintained. The sole focus of our company is to provide schools with the additional teachers that they require for this allocated time. For this reason, our knowledge of PPA Cover requirements is second-to-none and we can create tailor-made carousel programmes for schools to cover all of their PPA needs, or alternatively provide them with one PPA teacher per week to cover one specific subject area.

     

    To book a no-obligation consultation, please contact us and we will pop out to visit you. Alternatively, if you would prefer to see our standards of teaching and delivery, please advise and we will arrange a no-cost 1 hour lesson for you.

    The PPA Extra Mile

    One of the many things that separate us from our competition.

     

    All of our staff have “Extra Mile” training and this also forms part of their induction process with us. We believe in our teachers becoming part of your school team and the relationship between the teacher and the school is at the heart of everything that we do.

    As a company, our values are Trust, Pride, Respect, Passion, Teamwork and Ingenuity and we reflect these values in every aspect of our organisation. For this reason, our teaching staff go the “Extra Mile” by:

    • Entering children into inter-school, national and global competitions such as Vocab Express
    • Inviting children to local events that celebrate the success of the subject they are delivering in school
    • Writing individual and personalised school reports (assessments)
    • Creating and maintaining subject-specific display boards
    • Communicating with parents via mentions of high achievers for the subject they teach in the School Newsletter
    • “Star of the Term” certificates presented in assembly once per term
    • Communicating and feeding back to school staff and SLT at least once every two weeks
    • Sharing best practice between schools
    • Inviting schools to our FREE CPD training to enrich their knowledge of the particular subject and understand Ofsted requirements
    • Organising residential trips abroad for the school when studying MFL
    • Performances to the entire school or year group when delivering Drama, Music, Dance, Gymnastics or MFL
    • Choreograph and organise Year 6 Leaver’s or Christmas performances
    • Organising school sports day if delivering PE provision
    • Running school football team if delivering PE provision
    • Running school choir if delivering Music provision

    This all comes as part of the price you are paying and no extra cost is charged unless you wish for a lunchtime or after school club before or after your provision.

    Office Team

    Michelle Botham

    Michelle Botham

    Education Advisor

    BA Hons Digital Photography & Radio Production, PGCE in Primary Education, CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges, CACHE Level 2 in Principles of Team Leading, EAL Differentiation, E-Safety, , Safeguarding, Prevent, First Aid

    Rebecca Brooks

    Rebecca Brooks

    Junior Account Manager

    Hospitality Management, safeguarding, prevent, First Aid, Lv 3 Business Admin

    Holly Beaumont

    Holly Beaumont

    Marketing Apprentice

    Safeguarding, Prevent, Level 2 Customer Service, First Aid.

    Samantha Upton

    Samantha Upton

    PA to Directors

    Safeguarding, Prevent, Level 3 Business Admin, First Aid.

    Lindsey Skinner

    Lindsey Skinner

    Finance Manager

    L5 Finance Management, DiP School Business Management, CIPFA, L5 Admin Management, CSBM, LEAMIS, CWDC, FMS, AAT Chartered Accountant, OCM, Institute of Chartered Accounts Professional Accountancy Certificate.

    Libby Batchelor

    Libby Batchelor

    Senior Education Recruitment Consulant

    NVQ L3 Recruitment consultant, Understanding autism, Safeguarding, Prevent, risk assessment Awareness, GDPR module, Effective Recruitment and selection module, Dealing with Complaints level 2.

    Jamie Heath

    Jamie Heath

    Education Recruitment Consultant

    Level 4 in Business and Professional Administration, Safeguarding, Prevent, Equality Act training, GDPR module.

    Management Team

    Kerry Goodacre

    Kerry Goodacre

    Executive Director

    BA Hons in Spanish, Translation & Media, LAMDA qualifications in Dance & Drama, Safeguarding, Practical Business Planning, First Aid, NDNA qualified in EYFS Physical Development, Business Diploma. Certified Spanish Translator, NPLQ, University of Leicester Level in Russian.

    Stacey Dean

    Stacey Dean

    Executive Director

    BA Hons in Translation & interpreting Spanish & Italian, LAMDA qualifications in Dance & Drama, Safeguarding, Marketing my Childcare Business, First Aid, Creative Education Certified in Behaviour Management in Schools,  Certified Spanish & Italian Translator, University of Leicester Level in Russian.

    Leah Moore

    Leah Moore

    Operations Manager

    NVQ L3 Learning & Teaching, Level 5 Award in Leadership & Management. C1 Certified Level of Spanish, L1 French, Designated Safeguarding Lead, First Aid, Level 2 French, Level 2 autism Awareness, St Johns Ambulance qualifies First Aid.

    Achievements

    We always believe in sharing our achievements as a way of sharing best practice amongst our school network

     

    2020 Business Excellence Awards

    Primary PPA Cover have recently been awarded Best Primary School Teacher Cover Specialists 2020 for the UK.

    Great Britain’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year

    Primary PPA Cover’s business owners Kerry & Stacey won Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2017. The award is one of the most prestigious awards in the UK and Stacey and Kerry were very surprised to walk away with the award after 1,500 businesses entered and most of them were household names and renowned businesses. 

    UK’s Best PPA Staff Recruiter

    In 2017, we were delighted to be awarded the UK’s best PPA staff recruiter by CV magazine.

    Leaders in Educational Recruitment

    Also in 2017, we were honoured to receive the “Leaders in Educational Recruitment” award from Acquistion International Ltd.

    MFL Curriculum

    We have created our own Primary MFL Curriculum that ticks all boxes outlined in the new National Curriculum. Our LinguaLearn© programme has been graded as “Outstanding” every time it has been observed and we are honoured to be the UK’s Leading MFL specialists for primary teaching. The curriculum was certified by UKCCS in 2013 and was transferred into an interactive software in 2017, by investing over £15,000 into the programme. We are currently working towards achieving NCFE accreditation for the programme.

    British Gymnastics Certification

    We are proud to announce that in 2016, we started to enable children to work towards British Gymnastics badges within their PPA lessons. This has had a phenomenal impact on children’s learning and has also inspired children to pursue gymnastics outside of curriculum time and enter regional and national competitions.

     Vocab Express

    All schools studying our LinguaLearn© programme are invited to compete in the national and global heats of Vocab Express via our organisation. We enter all children and obtain log-ins for them and run the entire competition for your school. We also obtain the certificates for the winners from Vocab Express and provide an engraved trophy to the winning school. See below photographs of trophies and certificates. We are proud to have won Vocab Express in 2017!

    Best Primary School Teacher Cover Specialists 2020 – UK

     Primary PPA Cover was selected in the 2020 Global Business Awards, and won the award of Best Primary School Teacher Cover Specialists 2020-UK.

    Salford Business Awards

    The Directors of our Company were finalists in Salford Business Awards for their tremendous contribution to primary education.

    Young Enterprise UK

    The Directors of our Company volunteer with Young Enterprise UK to inspire secondary and college students to set up their own companies and actively run the Company Programme on behalf of Young Enterprise UK.

     

    FAQ’s

    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?

    You will be offered the optional bolt-on for cover insurance, which will guarantee you an alternative teacher should you member of staff not be able to attend their sessions.

    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.

    WILL I HAVE A MAIN POINT OF CONTACT?

    Yes, all of our schools are designated a dedicated Account manager who will be your main point of contact for the duration of your contract.

    DO YOU OFFER EQUIPMENT?

    Yes, Primary PPA Cover offers a variety of equipment packages such as iPads and musical equipment that you can purchase alongside your PPA provision with us. 

    WHAT ARE THE EXPECTATIONS FOR MARKING AND DISMISSAL?

    Should you wish for your staff member to have dedicated time for marking, or wish for them to stay to ensure the children are dismissed, these can be purchased as bolt-ons alongside your PPA provision. This is of course optional.