SecondaryEd news 12 Apr 2017

A reminder of the school funding review (framed as breaking news); School closures, more bad weather; Education Act Update passes second reading (flaws intact); Communities of learning (2 press releases from the Minister); 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.

This is the last update for this term.  Wishing you a safe (and dry!?!) term break and hope you find some time to relax. See you next term!  

School decile system to be scrapped for targeted funding
Bay schools to close ahead of cyclone
Hastings Girls' High welcomes new principal
Education Act Update passes second reading
Education (Update) Amendment Bill - Second Reading (video)
Teachers deserve a democratic Education Council
Another Slap in the Face for Teachers From Parata
Education expo goes on tour
More than 1000 staff employed in Communities of Learning
Thousands call on Govt to take action against pornography
Timaru school says stance on HPV vaccinations is about 'parental choice' and 'student safety'
Secondary School Student Coaches Given the Tools to Grow
Confidential student details published in Education Department blunder  (Australia)
‘A unified voice terrifies the government,’ says teachers’ union leader (UK)
Teacher duties ‘more challenging than ever’: staff must combat hate crime, breast ironing and honour-based abuse (UK)
Does the world need people who understand problems, or who can solve them? (OECD)

School decile system to be scrapped for targeted funding
11/04/2017,  Patrick Gower Newshub
The decile system, which is currently used to decide school funding, is to be scrapped, with an alternative called the 'Predictive Risk Index' lined up to replace it.
It will track individual at-risk students and then use that information to target funding directly to schools.

Bay schools to close ahead of cyclone
Wednesday 12 Apr, 2017
Schools and early learning childhood centre are being advised to close today.
All 57 schools and about 80 early learning services in the Eastern Bay of Plenty are being advised to close today as a precaution ahead of Cyclone Cook.

Hastings Girls' High welcomes new principal
By Alice Lock - Hawkes Bay Today, Tuesday Apr 11, 2017
The longest-standing Hastings Girls' High School principal handed over the korowai to the incoming principal yesterday.
Even though Geraldine Travers officially leaves the school on Thursday a powhiri was held to formally welcome Catherine Bentley.

Education Act Update passes second reading
Tuesday, 11 April 2017, Press Release: New Zealand Government
The biggest update to education in New Zealand in nearly 30 years took a step forward in Parliament today.
“The Education (Update) Amendment Bill is about creating a platform for achieving educational success. It puts the achievement of our children and young people at the heart of the education system, and gives us the flexibility to respond to their current and future needs,” says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

Education (Update) Amendment Bill - Second Reading - Video 2
IntheHouse Parliament

Teachers deserve a democratic Education Council
Tuesday, 11 April 2017, Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party
Teachers around New Zealand reeling from the news that their registration fees could more than double will be even angrier that the National Government has removed their ability to have any say about who sits on the Council that sets those fees, Labour's Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

Another Slap in the Face for Teachers From Parata
Tuesday, 11 April 2017, Press Release: New Zealand First Party
Minister of Education Hekia Parata can’t leave fast enough for the teachers of New Zealand, says New Zealand First Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin.
“To say that teachers pass the lowest bar for entry of any profession is degrading to teachers, and she should apologise.

Education expo goes on tour
Hekia Parata, 11 April, 2017
Education Minister Hekia Parata has launched the first regional tour of an education expo showcasing tools and resources available to Communities of Learning | Kahui Ako.
“For the first time we have brought together all the tools and resources available to support teachers and principals in one expo,” says Ms Parata.

More than 1000 staff employed in Communities of Learning
Hekia Parata, 11 April, 2017
New figures show more than 1100 teachers and principals have been appointed to new roles in Communities of Learning│Kāhui Ako across the country.
“I’m delighted to see staff being employed in these expert roles, sharing best practice across schools, early learning services and tertiary providers to raise student achievement,” says Education Minister Hekia Parata.

Thousands call on Govt to take action against pornography
Author Newstalk ZB Staff,  Wednesday, 12 April 2017
... School councillor Sarah Maindonald said 90 percent of boys under 16 watch porn, which can be addictive and damaging.
She told Mike Hosking teenagers don't always talk to their parents about sexuality so it's time the Government step in.

Timaru school says stance on HPV vaccinations is about 'parental choice' and 'student safety'
BEN AULAKH,  April 11 2017
Grantlea Downs primary school has defended its decision to prevent the HPV vaccine being given on school grounds.
A Timaru primary school's decision to prevent a vaccine against the Human Papillomas Virus (HPV) from being given to pupils on its grounds has been labelled "disappointing" by the Minister of Health.

Secondary School Student Coaches Given the Tools to Grow
Tuesday, 11 April 2017, Press Release: Sport Wellington
Hundreds of secondary school students had the opportunity to develop and gain confidence in their coaching skills across a number of workshops held throughout the Wellington region last week. Over 320 secondary school students took part in Sport Wellington’s ‘Getting Started in Coaching’ courses held in Taita, Porirua and Kilbirnie.

Australia
Confidential student details published in Education Department blunder
Henrietta Cook
In a major privacy breach, the Victorian Education Department has published confidential information which identifies children who have self-harmed, bullying victims and students' medical conditions.
Up to 115 families have been affected by the blunder, which occurred when hundreds of submissions were uploaded to the department's website on Friday without personal details being redacted.

UK
‘A unified voice terrifies the government,’ says teachers’ union leader
Richard Adams, Tuesday 11 April 2017
Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the NUT, on school funding cuts, workload and the creation of a new super-union.

Teacher duties ‘more challenging than ever’: staff must combat hate crime, breast ironing and honour-based abuse
Will Hazell, 11th April 2017
Teachers say the growing list of abusive practices they have to look out for is onerous but accept that they "may be the only adults outside the family who know that child well".

OECD
Does the world need people who understand problems, or who can solve them?
by Dirk Van Damme, 11 April 2017
Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, Directorate for Education and Skills
The label “21st -century skills” is being increasingly used, and sometimes misused, to indicate that the rapidly changing economic, social and cultural environment of the current century demands a revision of what we think are crucial subjects for the next generations to learn.

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