SecondaryEd news 11 Apr 2017

NZ Herald wins the worst headline award for this week (thus far anyway); Education Council seeks to increase practising certificate fees; Dave Randell is leaving Otumoetai; Aspire scholarships and private school funding in parliamentary responses to written questions; 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.

Teaching has one of the lowest bars for entry of any profession: Parata on post-grad proposal
Consultation on changes to practising certificate fees

pptaweb icon PPTA response to Education Council fee increase

Tauranga principal Dave Randell to call it a day after 18 years heading Otumoetai College
Timaru school opts out of vaccine programme
Teens learn dating tools to prevent domestic-violence
Principals Disappointed in Ministry’s Latest Response (Tai Tokerau)
Education support workers start first mediation for fair pay (NZEI)

Parliament written questions:
What is the estimated total expenditure on private schools in each of the next four years?
What was the total expenditure on private schools for each of the past four years?
What is the estimated total expenditure on private schools in 2016/17 on a per student basis in each of the next four years?
How many Aspire scholarships have been awarded in each of the past six years?
What was the highest level of qualification attainment for each of the students who completed an Aspire scholarship?
How much has been budgeted for Aspire scholarships in each of the next three years?
What areas of the country, if any, does the Ministry consider to be experiencing a teacher shortage?
How many people does the Ministry expect to graduate from initial teacher education programmes?
Does the Ministry forecast the expected number of Full Time Teacher Equivalents (FTTEs) required for the coming years;
How many additional teachers does the Ministry expect to enter the teaching workforce, ...

Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 11 (TEU)

Teaching has one of the lowest bars for entry of any profession: Parata on post-grad proposal
Nicholas Jones, Monday Apr 10, 2017 T
The Education Minister backs a shift to make would-be teachers complete a degree in their chosen subject as well as a post-graduate qualification in teaching.
Hekia Parata says teaching has one of the lowest barriers to entry of any profession and her comments are supported by the Opposition.

Consultation on changes to practising certificate fees
Monday, 10 April 2017,
Press Release: Education Council of Aotearoa Teachers across New Zealand are being given another opportunity to help shape their profession today as the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand publishes its latest topic for consultation.

Tauranga principal Dave Randell to call it a day after 18 years heading Otumoetai College
Monday Apr 10, 2017
Highly respected and experienced Otumoetai College principal Dave Randell has announced his retirement.
Mr Randell said he tended his resignation now to leave at the end of the year, so there was "no rush, no pressure" in finding his replacement.

Timaru school opts out of vaccine programme
BEN AULAKH, April 10 2017
Timaru primary school Grantlea Downs has opted not to allow a vaccine against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to be administered on its grounds.

Teens learn dating tools to prevent domestic-violence
By Talisa Kupenga  6:47pm, Monday 10 April 2017
Police continue to work with Year 12 students throughout the country to shift attitudes towards relationship violence. They hope the Loves Me Not initiative will equip young adults with essential lifeskills, following the death of a 22-year old Papakura woman who was fatally shot in what Police believe to be a domestic-related incident last week.

Principals Disappointed in Ministry’s Latest Response
Monday, 10 April 2017, Press Release: Tai Tokerau Principals' Association
Ministry of Education don’t seem to accept the reality of what is actually happening in schools around Behaviour and Special Needs funding, is now at crisis point.
Pat Newman, President of Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association is very disappointed in the latest response from the Deputy of Education, as in relation to their genuine calls for help.

Education support workers start first mediation for fair pay
LAURA DOONEY, April 10 2017
A 10-year fight for pay equity for those who dedicate their time to helping children with learning difficulties has reached historic mediation with the Ministry of Education, with talks getting under way in Wellington.

Parliament written questions:

What is the estimated total expenditure on private schools in each of the next four years?
1755 (2017). Chris Hipkins to the Minister of Education (22 Mar 2017): Further to her response to written question 531 (2014), what is the estimated total expenditure on private schools in each of the next four years, broken down by expenditure type e.g. subsidies, Kiwisport, Aspire scholarships?

What was the total expenditure on private schools for each of the past four years?
1754 (2017). Chris Hipkins to the Minister of Education (22 Mar 2017): Further to her response to written question 533 (2014), what was the total expenditure on private schools for each of the past four years, broken down by expenditure type e.g. subsidies, Kiwisport, Aspire scholarships?

What is the estimated total expenditure on private schools in 2016/17 on a per student basis in each of the next four years?
1753 (2017). Chris Hipkins to the Minister of Education (22 Mar 2017): Further to her response to written question 535 (2014), what is the estimated total expenditure on private schools in 2016/17 on a per student basis in each of the next four years?

How many Aspire scholarships have been awarded in each of the past six years?
1752 (2017). Chris Hipkins to the Minister of Education (22 Mar 2017): Further to her response to written question 10039 (2014), how many Aspire scholarships have been awarded in each of the past six years?

What was the highest level of qualification attainment for each of the students who completed an Aspire scholarship?
1751 (2017). Chris Hipkins to the Minister of Education (22 Mar 2017): Further to her response to written question 10043 (2014), what was the highest level of qualification attainment for each of the students who completed an Aspire scholarship in each of the past six years?

How much has been budgeted for Aspire scholarships in each of the next three years?
1750 (2017). Chris Hipkins to the Minister of Education (22 Mar 2017): Further to her response to written question 10043 (2014), how much has been budgeted for Aspire scholarships in each of the next three years?

What areas of the country, if any, does the Ministry consider to be experiencing a teacher shortage?
1749 (2017). Chris Hipkins to the Associate Minister of Education (22 Mar 2017): What areas of the country, if any, does the Ministry consider to be experiencing a teacher shortage?
Hon Nikki Kaye (Associate Minister of Education) replied: This is an operational matter for the Secretary of Education. I am advised by the Ministry of Education that there are sufficient numbers of teachers in the schooling sector overall ...

How many people does the Ministry expect to graduate from initial teacher education programmes?
1748 (2017). Chris Hipkins to the Associate Minister of Education (22 Mar 2017): How many people does the Ministry expect to graduate from initial teacher education programmes in each of the next five years?

Does the Ministry forecast the expected number of Full Time Teacher Equivalents (FTTEs) required for the coming years;
1746 (2017). Chris Hipkins to the Associate Minister of Education (22 Mar 2017): Does the Ministry forecast the expected number of Full Time Teacher Equivalents (FTTEs) required for the coming years; if so, what are the most up to date forecasts available for anticipated demand for teachers over the next four years?

How many additional teachers does the Ministry expect to enter the teaching workforce, ...
1747 (2017). Chris Hipkins to the Associate Minister of Education (22 Mar 2017): How many additional teachers does the Ministry expect to enter the teaching workforce, each year, for the next four years; broken down by early childhood, primary and secondary schooling?

Tertiary
Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 11
TEU
National knows its tertiary education reforms risk lowering standards, Tertiary Education Minister, Paul Goldsmith admitted, as evidence mounts of the pressure staff are under to pass students.
Goldsmith’s admission comes after staff at tertiary education institutions started to come forward to share their experiences of how National’s perpetual underfunding of the sector and failed reforms have put them under increasing pressure to pass students and dedicate less time to teaching.


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