Who can cover PPA?
Ideally, schools should employ qualified teachers to cover PPA time. This could mean that the school employs one or more teachers, either on a full- or part-time basis, specifically to cover different classes whilst their teachers are having PPA time.
However, budgets don't always allow for this expense. In many schools, PPA time is covered by an HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant), who is qualified to both cover lessons, and plan and teach their own lessons.
In an emergency or other unforeseen circumstances, Level 3 Teaching Assistants are able to cover PPA time, however they are not qualified to teach lessons requiring specialist training, such as PE or DT.
Some schools may choose to cover their PPA time by scheduling it for the same time as a class is being taught a subject by an external agency, e.g. music, sport or languages.