The Secondary Schools' Staffing Group (SSSG) was established as part of the Terms of Settlement for the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) 2011-2013. Both parties to the collective agreement negotiations, the Post Primary Teachers' Association and the Ministry of Education, agreed that more work was desirable between the two parties with respect to class size.
The SSSG comprised representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Post Primary Teachers' Association, New Zealand School Trustees Association, the Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Secondary Principals' Council.
As a group, we investigated baseline data on class size and timetabling practice in New Zealand secondary schools, undertook a review of the current research on class size, and undertook a survey and sample case studies with a selection of secondary schools.
The resulting Report of the Secondary Schools' Staffing Group sets out our main findings and recommendations to the Secretary for Education. It also sets out each member group's position on class size issues.