SecondaryEd news 10 Apr 2017

Avonside Girls', Shirley Boys' rebuild; Hekia talks flexible schooling hours, while the Ministry isn't sure what flexible hours are operating; Post flood support for schools; The British school funding model drives teachers to strike; and more ...

Media items selected by the PPTA Te Wehengarua as an update on secondary education and union issues in the news, with the main focus on New Zealand.

Avonside Girls', Shirley Boys' rebuild to create the 'ultimate campus'
Teachers struggle with modern learning environments
9-3pm schooling not only option: Hekia Parata 
Post-flood support for parents
$220m contract signed for third schools PPP
Teachers’ bill dead before being drawn
Schools "at breaking point" over violent children (audio)
Schools on Auckland's North Shore take measured approach to stranger danger
Law change would extend public funding to private tertiary education providers  (Tertiary)
Secret Teacher: I won't be a foot soldier of a broken regime – I'm striking (UK)

Avonside Girls', Shirley Boys' rebuild to create the 'ultimate campus'
April 9 2017
The rebuild of two Christchurch secondary schools will create the "ultimate campus" for more than 2000 students, the principals say.
A state of the art design has been unveiled for the rebuild of Avonside Girls' High School and Shirley Boys' High School which will share a 11.5-hectare site at Queen Elizabeth II Park.

Teachers struggle with modern learning environments
ADELE REDMOND, April 8 2017
Open-plan classrooms are popping up nationwide but teachers often struggle to adjust to a new way of working. What's the benefit of modern learning environments? Adele Redmond reports.

9-3pm schooling not only option: Hekia Parata
Nicholas Jones, Saturday Apr 8, 2017
When Education Minister Hekia Parata's daughter started at Wellington High School in Year 12 she was pleasantly surprised to learn enrolment came with extra sleep in the morning.

Post-flood support for parents
Sunday 09 Apr, 2017
Ministry of Education representatives will be at Whakatane and Kawerau from tomorrow to support parents with school and school holiday arrangements.
They will be located at the Civil Defence Centres operating at Whakatane (War Memorial Hall), Kawerau (Rautahi Marae) and Awakeri School.

$220m contract signed for third schools PPP
Nikki Kaye, 8 April, 2017
A contract has been signed with the ShapEd consortium to deliver the third schools public private partnership (PPP), Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“I’m pleased to confirm that negotiations between the Ministry of Education and ShapEd, who we announced in March as the preferred bidder, have been successful,” says Ms Kaye.

Teachers’ bill dead before being drawn
Shane Cowlishaw, 9 Apr 2017
A Bill to “restore teachers’ voice” will soon be before Parliament, but is it behind the times?
This week, a private member's bill from long-serving Labour MP Ruth Dyson will be up for debate.
Drawn from Parliament’s infamous biscuit tin last month, the Education (Teachers’ Code of Ethics) Amendment Bill wants to ensure teachers are not muzzled under an incoming Code of Standards.

Schools "at breaking point" over violent children (audio)
From Morning Report, 8:18 am today
Primary school principals throughout the country say they are struggling to cope with the number of violent children in classrooms.

Schools on Auckland's North Shore take measured approach to stranger danger
DENISE PIPER,  April 10 2017
Schools on Auckland's North Shore are sticking to police's safety advice, after a string of reports of strangers approaching children, rather than taking cues from social media.
There have been seven reports of suspicious activity this year within a 10km radius between Beach Haven and Northcote Point. One incident was found to be nothing sinister.

Tertiary
Law change would extend public funding to private tertiary education providers
ADELE REDMOND, April 9 2017
A proposed law change means "we could have Trump University coming here" to receive public money, an education union has claimed.
Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith has fallen foul of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) for his recent bill, which would allow private tertiary education providers equal opportunity access to Government funding for universities and polytechnics.

UK
Secret Teacher: I won't be a foot soldier of a broken regime – I'm striking
For too long schools have accepted top-down diktats from the government. That’s why we will continue to strike until our demands are met
Saturday 8 April 2017
We’re going on strike. For three days later this month, the NUT membership in my school will be downing tools and walking out. Why? Because we believe that a proposed restructure of the school will be devastating for teachers and students.
More than 20 support staff have been sacked since September, and a dozen teachers are on the chopping block this term – all to alleviate a spending deficit. For those who remain, workloads will increase even further and looming government cuts to comprehensive community education mean the problem will only be exacerbated.

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