Is PPA the best way to raise standards.

Cutting PPA time.  .  It would be better if children went home an hour possibly two a week earlier and PPA time was used in a focused way e.g. to focus on 'stuck' children/raising standards.  Heads need some freedom to say how the time is used and be accountable to the governors for how it is raising standards.  Schools could provide after school care, sports coaching or enrichment activities for parents who need childcare.  However, that still leads the question does PPA actually raise standards…the jury is out with this I think! 

Why is this idea important?

Cutting PPA time.  .  It would be better if children went home an hour possibly two a week earlier and PPA time was used in a focused way e.g. to focus on 'stuck' children/raising standards.  Heads need some freedom to say how the time is used and be accountable to the governors for how it is raising standards.  Schools could provide after school care, sports coaching or enrichment activities for parents who need childcare.  However, that still leads the question does PPA actually raise standards…the jury is out with this I think! 

Scrap awards

Having seen a number of schools bend over backwards producing endless reams of paperwork and spending countless hours filling in boxes to receive Artsmark, Investors in People and all the other marks you can get, I feel this madness has to stop. Visits are often nothing more than a chat with the head and a tour of the school.  They do nothing to secure the progress of children and do much to massage peoples egos and to fill the accounts of former heads, teachers and inspectors.

Why is this idea important?

Having seen a number of schools bend over backwards producing endless reams of paperwork and spending countless hours filling in boxes to receive Artsmark, Investors in People and all the other marks you can get, I feel this madness has to stop. Visits are often nothing more than a chat with the head and a tour of the school.  They do nothing to secure the progress of children and do much to massage peoples egos and to fill the accounts of former heads, teachers and inspectors.