PPA rules and regulations
PPA time is covered by paragraphs 78.2 to 78.4 of the School Teachers Pay and ConditionsDocument 2008. The STPCD is statutory guidance from the DCSF. All state schools are requiredto follow it.Paragraph 78.2 states that: -“PPA time must amount to not less than 10% of the teacher’s timetabled teaching time”.This is the time that the Head has assigned to the teacher to teach pupils.Para
graph 78.3 states that: -“PPA time must be provided in units of not less than half an hour”.This
be during teaching time.Paragraph 78.4 states that: -“a teacher must not be required to carry out any other duties, including the provision ofcover……during his PPA time”.In summary: -Different amounts of PPA can be given as the amount would be determined by the number ofhours taught.PPA must be timetabledPPA must not be re-arranged by those who organise it unless it is to ensure that the classteacher does not ‘miss it.’ For example, if PPA is at a time on which the teacher is on a course ora trip; it may be re-arranged so that he/she does not miss outPPA must be in chunks of at least half an hour.PPA cannot be taken away for any reason whether it be to cover during PPA, for hospitalappointments etc.Timetabled teaching time is from the time class starts, until if finishes minus lunchtime.
Directed time begins when the Head expects the teacher to be school. The first lot of directtime stops at lunch time. Morning breaks are included in directed time whether staff are on dutyor not because it is time which cannot be classified as ‘your own time’.Directed time begins again when your lunch break ends up until the end of day.In some schools teachers are not expected to stay behind after the children are dismissed. Inother schools they are expected to be available to meet parents. Thus end of directed time foreach day would depend on expectations set by the Head.