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Creative PPA/Supply Cover


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 year group or phase PPA time. Artists can be rotated half 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.

School Improvement:

Affordable Staffing Solutions

  • Regular PPA cover
  • Cover for planned staff absence (one-off or long term)
  • Specialist Art and Design curriculum provision
  • Cross-curricular links, supporting a creative curriculum

The Arts:

Skills Development

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


“The children are gaining access to a far richer curriculum.”  Year 4 Teacher

“The artist has provided inspiring, creative lessons that the children have truly enjoyed. They have been fully involved in every session, producing work of a very high standard.”  Headteacher

“Thank you for all your hard work this term - it really has been inspirational.”  Headteacher

“The children were more aware of how art can relate to their topics, and it was often the starting point for discussion and developing work back in the classroom.”  Lead Artist

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

Project Costs:

From £270 + materials (for one-off cover days)
From £270 + materials per day (up to three class groups) / £2,700 per term + materials
Costs vary dependent on the number of class groups, workshop days or sessions and may be reduced for multiple year groups or terms.

Illustrative Outputs:

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

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

  • Raised attainment and increased progress in art and design
  • Raised attainment across the curriculum (where a topic-based approach was applied)
  • Improved pupil skills, knowledge and understanding in art and across the curriculum
  • Improved TA skills by working alongside artists

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