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PPA Education

| April 27, 2011 | 56 Comments

“PPA Education is a specialist recruitment agency that introduces teachers, support and SEN staff into Primary, Secondary and Nursery schools as well as other educational establishments.

PPA Education recruits for a wide range of schools and other educational establishments in and around the London area. Whether you want to work on a Permanent, Supply or Temporary basis and regardless of your experience, we can offer you a wide range of opportunities at exceptional rates of pay.

We welcome applicants from any country as long as you have (or can obtain) a working visa and a UK-acceptable teaching qualification.”

~PPA Education Website

PPA Education, 6.9 out of 10 based on 58 ratings
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Rating: 6.9/10 (58 votes cast)

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  1. Guest says:
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    Went through lots of rigmarole getting signed up with them, getting references etc etc. After ringing for a couple of weeks to find out what was happening I gave up. Never heard from them again. I signed up with another agency. What a great waste of time.

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  2. Emeka says:
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    PPA Education Limited is a very excellent Teaching or Education agency that offers brilliant high quality services with a high level of customer care or support. PPA Education Limited helped me in my time of need and the assignments or work I was given really sustained me and eventually led to the full time or permanent employment that I enjoy now. I recommend this Agency 1000%

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  3. John says:
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    They always were very rude, bad and arrogant when dealing with me. It is the worst agency in London. A waste of time, don´t work with them, there are a lot of good and honest agencies to work with.

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  4. fiona howell says:
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    Haven’t been with the agency for long, however I am very glad I joined.

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  5. Champa Khatun says:
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    I have joined PPA Education last year and I have worked every week,term times.The consultants are very helpful and understanding, if i have any issues or problems they would communicate effectively and ressolve the issue straight away. In the beginning I used to get shifts quite far away but they have managed to get me something closer to my home where I am happy with everything. I Never had any problems. I would recommend anyone to join this agency.

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  6. Suad Ahmed says:
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    Joined this agency month ago and have had regular work ever since. My contact at the agency Ben has worked hard to find me positions close to home. All staff have been professional and helpful. Would highly recommend this agency to anyone looking for work in education ASAP!

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  7. Kat says:
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    Avoid PPA ‘ education’, it is a waste of space and time! time- wasters.

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  8. Mohammed Khan says:
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    I have been with PPA for 2 years and I have had a Positive experience with them from the point of registering up till now.

    I have accepted short to medium terms contracts aswell as day to day, all of which have been reasonably close and easy to get to. Generally, they have more short to medium roles available in my experience.

    In terms of professionalism,I have been impressed due to honesty and understanding, which to me is key.

    Rate of pay is up to expectations so very reasonable.

    Overall, I’ve been happy with PPA as they’ve accommodated for my personal schedule.

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  9. Kris Leitch says:
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    I had registered with several agencies and found some work and then I was recommended by a London school that a really good agency to register with was called PPA Education, from the moment I made the call I was greeted with a professional on the other end of the phone line who asked me relevant questions and discussed some of the work that they have available, I was then invited in to register with them.

    The registration process was simple but covered all the usual stuff such as references and QTS etc.

    Within two weeks I had been cleared by PPA and also offered daily supply at schools under 30 minutes commute from my London home.

    I have now accepted a long term role 15 minutes walk from my home at a great school, so great that it could not be a better fit for my experience and needs, I rate PPA 10 out of 10 for their registration process and 10 out of 10 for offering me work that fits with what I asked of them.

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  10. Abi Johnson says:
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    When I first started working for PPA, I worked with James, Shaz and Ben. It was a sad day for PPA when Shaz and James left. You really don’t want to lose Ben at all! His professionalism and care and courtesy both for his schools and for the agency staff amounts to really good matches and satisfied customers on both ends. He builds an honest rapport with the schools so by the time the agency teacher gets there the school has good expectations and professionalism wins out all around! He is trustworthy and reliable and I do not have to worry that my own reputation will be sullied in any way by working with Ben! He kept me working all the time I needed to and was able to be very flexible with my requests. A great experience for me thank you!

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  11. Lucas says:
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    Very bad agency, I registered with them and they called me to offer me a job next day. I accepted and they told me “I will call you again in 5 minutes”, but they never called me. Next day they did the same. I sent an email to complain and they never called me again. They were rude and impolite.

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  12. Iram Ahmed says:
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    PPA is very excellent,helpful,and friendly agency.After registering with PPA they have found work for me within 2weeks . All the staff is very good especially Shaz.I am happy and satisfied with PPA. Shaz has been very helpful, get regular work from them.The only thing is I did have some difficulties with understanding how the pay works. Thanks Shaz,James and other members of the team.

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  13. Emily H says:
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    An agency that listens and communicates effectively with its teachers. Best one I’ve ever worked for. Thanks Jame, Shaz & the rest of the team.

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  14. Anonymous says:
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    They are a complete waste of time. They lie and expect honesty to be a one way street. I went to a place to do a FREE trial day, which normally I wouldn’t consider but PPA seemed genuinely helpful on the registry day so I accepted. The school I worked at loved me and asked me back next day. Then PPA said I will start on Monday and will receive a confirmation email which I never did and I called back so many times and they never returned my call. I was disgusted by their unprofessionalism and they still had the nerve to send a text 2 weeks later to say my registration has ended. Thankfully soon after I joined a far better agency who has secured me a job on the basis of what I like and PAY is better too :)

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  15. kellymarie jones says:
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    I joined PPA Education just over a year ago, and immedietly I was given a long term position which I have just finished. The school was a wonderful place to work, and the online timesheets really worked. PPA have always been friendly the times I have spoken them, and I have been offered work in between the days I wasn’t working. PPA really listened to my requirements and offered me work to suit my needs.

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  16. Louis van Nieuwenhuizen says:
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    Excellent agency and fantastic team!!!!!!
    They go out of their way to help me. Thank you PPA Education

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  17. Annon says:
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    Very disappointing no work, not even a day a week. Cant pay my bills Too late to find new agency, as its so late in the term. will be severing links very soon. shame really!

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  18. Martin Richards says:
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    I have been with PPA for several years, they have provided me with constant work from day one. They pay well and I am always paid on time and there have never brn any issues with this. I would highly recommend anyone looking to join an agency to strongly consider signing up with PPA. They’re the best and most approachable agency I have worked for.

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  19. Ope Sodipe says:
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    PPA have helped me to get an NQT post at the school I’m currently working in.

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  20. Anon says:
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    Joined this agency 2months ago and have had regular work since. My contact at the agency Bhupesh has worked hard to find me positions close to home and suitable to my qualifications. All staff have been professional and helpful during all my dealings with them. Would highly recommend this agency to anyone looking for work in education.

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  21. EmzkiTux says:
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    The only person I have time for in this company is Kenny.

    I had an aggressive interview who basically read me the riot act and gave me a huge list of ‘Donts’. As my references had come back with positive responses, surely there was no need for the huge lecture on being reliable for their company. There is something highly unprofessional about taking out past problems with their old clients on their new clients.

    I had joined PPA on the understanding I could move on from child care and go into schools. I went into a few nurseries with this company, however after a while I cannot work for 6.15 per hour for six hours when I have rent to pay. I decided to focus more on other agencies due to the fact I was getting T.A roles from them.

    One morning got a phone call from one of the consultants at PPA,sending me an hour away from my home for a nursery role. I politely declined explaining that I was hoping for some T.A roles but would be happy to take on day care roles during half terms and school holiday. Aggressively, I was told I would not take priority over those who were working hard. The phone was promptly put down by them.

    I later wrote an email to Kenny explaining my situation, financially and future goals. He listened. I only hope they appreciate him as he’s the only one that was professional and approachable.

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  22. anonymous says:
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    I have recently registered with the agency and i must say they keep in touch more frequently than i expected i have registered with other agencies but havent had much luck am just praying PPA education will help me find jobs as a friend recommended that they are doing a great job.

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  23. Isabel Basarrate says:
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    I have to say that I´m actually quite happy with this agency. After joinning them, it didn´t take more than a week to find me some covers. I haven´t been for a long time with them but my overall experience until now is good, as I´m actually with couple more agencies and I´m still waiting for their call. Hope it will continue like this though.

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  24. Arlene Gregory says:
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    I think I have been quite lucky as I received work within 3 weeks after signing up with PPA, so far everything has gone well.

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  25. D K Lumby says:
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    I have always enjoyed working for PPA. I have a good relationship with the team and am always made to feel welcome when i phone or visit.

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  26. Sharon David says:
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    Really happy with ppa agency. Since joining the agency in December I have had regular work. The staff are attentive and always kept me informed.

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  27. Leena says:
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    I have found PPA to be an excellent agency. All the staff and especially James are very helpful, professional and extremely efficient.

    An outstanding agency, would highly recommend!

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  28. Christie Leach says:
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    Athough I;m working for differernt agency, ppa is the best. Very helpful,honest in dealings with me. They have sent me out to one nursery school on several occassion which I enjoyed and easy to get to.
    Thanks Shaz for your understanding, friendly,helpful and proffessional. Best wishes for ppa and loking forward to continuing work.

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  29. Dionne says:
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    PPA Education offer a fair and honest service, I worked for PPA myself and had colleagues who equally recommend their service. They pay fairly and in line with the market and they exceed expectations to get you the role you are looking for, they offer an honest approach and support candidates by offering a personal service, Quality of Schools—This depends on you as a person I believe that each school is different and as a teacher or TA we adapt to ensure each child recieves the education they deserve despite the “quality” of the overall school. I would highly recommend their service to anyone who is looking within education and nursery.

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  30. Gemma Neild says:
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    Excellent experiences with this company, cannot fault the personability of the team.
    Everything I expect from an agency

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  31. Claudia Vau says:
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    I’m overall satisfied with PPA, even though the pay rate and work consistency could be much better.

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  32. Michael Agyapong says:
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    My first school placement has been a good one and I am very grateful to the team at PPA Education.

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  33. Alan says:
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    PPA have been great. This was my first agency placement and Shaz guided me through the whole process and found me a great role that really matched my skills. I’ve been in the same role now for 6 months and Shaz still takes the time to catch up and make sure all is ok!

    On the one occasion I did have a minor)issue, both Shaz and James resolved almost immediately!

    Thanks again for a great service.

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  34. Floyd says:
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    After an initial bumpy first interview, I must confess that PPA have been the most direct source of work since the year began. I initially started liaising with James, but then got moved to Bhupesh who I found just as responsive and good. I look forward to many more calls from either Bhupesh or James in the very near future with assignments being thrown at me fast and furious!
    Cheers guys, for giving me the opportunity to be a teacher!

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  35. Ferdusi Akhtar says:
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    Been getting work regularly for the past few years as and when I needed! Get sent to schools I enjoy going to that are easy to get to.

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  36. Aenam says:
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    It is a really good agency the staff are wonderful as they look after you and are constantly giving you jobs.

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  37. Neil says:
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    Whilst being registered with a number of agencies I have found PPA to be very helpful and honest in their dealings with me. It is very easy phoning/talking with them to resolve any queries, and I look forward to gaining another long-term supply placement through them, as I have been for the last 8 weeks, and am now booked for the rest of the term (10 weeks). Well done PPA!

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  38. Giulia Doris James says:
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    Working for PPA has given me the chance to develop my pedagogic research in early childhood, EYFS and supported my professional development and teacher training towards accreditation.

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  39. Jaslin Swaby says:
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    When I first sighed up with PPA i was unemployed and desprate for work, i then received at least four schools for me to go into on a trial basis and all four wanted me to work for them, I managed to get a placment in a PRU in which I have been working there for a year, I have never had problems with receiving my wages and I get regular phone calls from PPA to see how I am getting on and the staff at the PPA has always conducted themselves in a polite and professional manner. Unless I get a permanent contract with my current or another employment I will continue to work with PPA and I would also recommend them to anyone who is seeking employment in the educational sector.

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  40. Ana C. says:
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    PPA education has gave me a chance to work in primary schools. They are very helpful and professional.
    I´m happy to work with this agency and i recommend this agency to anyone looking for work.

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  41. Zahra Shamaian says:
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    it hasnt been long since joining PPA EDUCATION agency, i joined in march and i am quiet new to the agency work plus its my very first paied job. but all i can say is that this agency is the best, my consultants are Bhupesh and Shaz and they are very nice, helpful and they try there best to get me into a job as a temp. i did have some difficulties with understanding how the pay works but after communicating with James and the way he explained to me how everything works, i found out that how the agency stuff works wasnt too hard lol. they are very professional, kind, friendly, and very helpful. i would like to thank PPA Education for all the help and the effort they put in their work. really would recommend this to anyone who wants to work as a temp.

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  42. Amy says:
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    Ppa education has given me a chance to earn and has always been up front and honest with me.
    Ppa education hasn’t placed me within a school so therefore cant rate the school placements. Overall very happy to be working with this agency.

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  43. Adaku says:
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    PPA is a good agency, who are professional. They have responded to my queries positively and promptly. My consultant Shaz has been very helpful indeed, I receive calls on almost a daily basis for bookings and the schools and nurseries I have worked in are fantastic!

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    I met James in December 2012, the day after I had sent my CV. The following week I was working in a fantastic PRU and have been there since.

    James is very hard working, honest and easy to get along with. I get calls asking how I am doing from my consultant. There was a slight mix up with my first pay and this was rectified quickly and efficiently. There is no paperwork except a time sheet and all payslips are online.

    What I love about PPA is that they are professional let very personable. I am very happy with the set up and would recommend PPA to anyone looking for work.

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  45. Sejal sachapara says:
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    PPA has always tried to provide me work according to the needs and high times in schools. Also the pay structure are good according to the role and the always keeps an update of availability of staff. I think thats a real good team work!

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  46. Luke Axford says:
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    I have been working with PPA since September 2012 and on the whole they have made my life pretty easy in terms of getting work when I need it and understanding my needs/requirements. They cover some pretty difficult schools so the quality of schools isn’t there fault as such. 80% of the time I have been able to have work scheduled in advance which I much prefer; the worst periods appear to be straight after a half term break. Pay is easy to deal with, no time sheets to fill out. Their rate may be a little lower than some but I believe your net pay might be better though due to your method of pay. The owner is very honest and both personable and professional.

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  47. Claire keenan says:
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    I found a long term teaching job after being with PPA for a very short time. They pay very well and I love the Children’s centre I have ended up in! I would recommend using PPA, especially for early years roles.

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  48. Annabel says:
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    I am new to agency work and was a little nervous about going back to the workplace after a long break. However, my consultant, Shaz, was very reassuring about everything involved with the workplace and the money side of things, including use of the umbrella co.
    So really, I only have good things to say about PPA-education.

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  49. Tosin says:
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    Excellent Excellent agency!!!highly recommendable. I have not had any problems with PPA , always offering me work. My contact there is Shaz, he is very understanding, helpful,friendly and Professional. PPA has given me the opportunity to work in very good settings where I’ve applied my skills knowledge and I’ve also gained more skills, knowledge and experience.
    If you are hardworking and like to maintain high standard with regards to your work you wont have any problems with PPA they will always offer you work or the schools will ask for you to be booked.

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  50. Anonymous says:
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    It has been a great experience so far with PPA Education. The schools i worked in were great. The only thing was that there were some days where I wasnt paid, which kinda put me off a bit, but generally, it’s worth working for.

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  51. Trevor Goode says:
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    From the moment I spoke to James when I registered I have been impressed with their honesty and professionalism. I get regular work from PPA and their reps are always on the ball, looking for jobs that fit my skill sector. Through their placements, I have gained valuable experience working across all key stages, which has helped develop as a teacher in a must positive way.
    An excellent agency with strong morals, not the type to just chuck you in somewhere so they can get their commission, I thoroughly recommend them. Don’t hesitate, give them a call!!

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  52. KJ says:
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    Rude, arrogant and unprofessional in dealings with me. Told ‘you’re only a supply teacher so not suitable’ when in interim senior management post and applying for senior post. If it were possible to give no stars that is what it would get.

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  53. Sally says:
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    A very unprofessional agency. The management of this agency is rude. They tried to force me into an Umbrella scheme and I was told I had to join the Umbrella scheme to work for them so I said ok I won’t work for you… then I was allowed to work without the Umbrella scheme?!? The director is always very nasty on the phone in fact on one occasion, in the middle of a conversation with the Director, he hung up on me. I have loyally followed his instructions to the letter only to be then accused of ‘pedantism’. I don’t expect to have insults thrown at me from my agency but this agency offers no support or moral just throws the proverbial muck at you when you ask to be paid. They have not paid me for several days worked and when I requested this I recieved a very rude email response… I mean how dare I ask to be paid for the hours I have done! Outrageous!!

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  54. Anonymous says:
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    Very bad experience with this agency. They sent me to the worst school in England on my very first appointment with them. Constantly hounded by them in terms of receiving calls for availability, but never getting work. Awful liars in terms of how much work they actually have, kept claiming to be really busy, yet never received work from them! Very rude consultants when politely asked why they weren’t giving me work- made up excuses and knocked me £20 on my daily rate! Don’t join them- you will live to regret it!

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  55. usha says:
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    I joined PPA in 2011 and heard noting more from them for over a year. Then, out of the blue, I received a call saying that PPA was ‘under new management’ and would I like to stay on their books as they had ‘lots of work coming up’, if I would just like to renew my CRB. Nothing further after this, though.

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  56. Anon. says:
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    When I first arrived to London, PPA were the best. But not for long. I worked with them over a term and had 2-3 days a week of work on average. This was lovely and my 2 main contacts in the office were always personable and helpful. Then I got a long-term position with another agency. And PPA became very rude. And as they expanded in size I kept getting emails and calls from new members of staff requesting documents that the agency already held copies of.

    When I politely declined an interview at a school that, while it sounded very great, was just too far away to commute to, the director hung up on me. And since then the agency never responded to my communication. After a few months of trying, I gave up. For the past year+ I haven’t been using PPA. They went from professional and courteous to unprofessional, poorly managed, and un-recommendable.

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