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Creative PPA/Supply Cover

School Improvement:

Affordable Staffing Solutions

  • PPA cover
  • Cover for planned staff absence (one-off or long term)
  • Cross-curricular links
  • Creative curriculum

The Arts:

Skills Development | Arts Enrichment

  • Skills-based programmes – drawing, painting, collage, photography etc
  • Longer-term projects
  • Exhibitions
  • New original artworks for school


PPA Cover:

Option 1 – One visiting artist leading a number of class groups across nominated PPA days, releasing staff individually for their dedicated PPA time.

Option 2 – A group of artists, with varied specialisms (drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, photography etc.), leading different class groups simultaneously on a dedicated day, releasing staff for joint PPA time. Artists can be rotated ½ termly or termly to provide a varied and progressive programme of skills development across the year.

Planned Supply Cover:

One-off planned supply days covered by specialist artists – providing an inspiring and specialist cover solution.

Longer-term, planned supply cover with a specialist visiting artist working with groups on scheduled days.

Illustrative Outputs:

  • One-off or regular artist-led workshop sessions (releasing teaching staff for PPA or planned cover i.e. training courses)
  • Shared planning, preparation and assessment time
  • Creation of high quality original artworks – 2D, 3D, digital works etc.
  • Larger scale collaborative projects – resulting in new artworks for school display
  • Creative projects linked to cross-curricular topics – making learning accessible
  • Exhibitions or displays of student’s work

Outcomes and Impact (taken from a whole school PPA programme):

  • Raised attainment in art and design
  • Raised attainment across the curriculum (where a topic-based approach was applied)
  • Reduced staff absence - 100% reduction since the introduction of the programme
  • Improved student skills, knowledge and understanding in art, design and across the curriculum
  • Higher quality classroom delivery resulting from dedicated, shared staff planning time
  • Improved TA skills by working alongside artists


“We were surprised to see staff absence reduced to nothing“ Head Teacher

“The students are gaining access to a far richer curriculum since the artists took over PPA” Art Teacher

“It’s been a great confidence booster for me” Teaching Assistant

“Our students are getting specialist support AND we’re saving on our supply costs.” Head Teacher

Project Costs:

From £270 + materials (for one off cover days)

From £135 + materials per week per class group (half days) / £1,500 per term + materials

(variable dependant on the number of weeks and class groups delivered)

Costs vary dependant on the number of class groups, workshop days or sessions.

Costs are reduced proportionately the more groups or sessions delivered.