SecondaryEd news 15 Mar 2017

School property, classrooms and school rolls; Polyfest; technology; competition vs cooperation; ministerial spin; some questions on Novopay are included in the selection of written questions in the House; and more on the school funding crisis in the UK ...

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.

'Extreme frustration' over years-long delay to Christchurch Girls' High School rebuild
School competiton vs cooperation
Polyfest 2017: Celebrating culture through leadership
Polyfest connects students with Samoan identity
School rolls reflect population growth
Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako - System-wide change in Education
Some Kiwi schoolgirls spend over five hours a day on their phones after class
Paula Bennett: Consent education already taught in schools and it's 'not a government solution alone'
Opinion: All-boys schools breed toxic cultures
School property- Chris Hipkins to the Associate Minister of Education (video - oral question in the House)

A selection of written questions, and answers, in the House

Ministers can no longer ignore protests over the school funding crisis (UK)

'Extreme frustration' over years-long delay to Christchurch Girls' High School rebuild
ADELE REDMOND, March 14 2017
A Christchurch school is losing patience with Ministry of Education's "inability to meet deadlines" after long delays to its rebuild.
A letter sent to Christchurch Girls' High School parents on Monday said the deadline to complete the performing arts centre had been extended to August 12.

School competiton vs cooperation
John Laurenson March 14, 2017
I have been a principal of a secondary school for more than 20 years. In that time just about every principal I have come across will privately acknowledge that the way the country’s school network functions has to change. However until the central government recognises that legislation is required to achieve such a change, things are going to remain the same.

Polyfest 2017: Celebrating culture through leadership
Vaimoana Tapaleao, Wednesday Mar 15, 2017
Celebrating leadership through culture is what this year's biggest secondary schools Pasifika and Maori dance festival is all about.
The 42nd ASB Polyfest kicks off in Manukau this morning, opening with a powhiri and with the Diversity and Maori stages starting things off on the performance stage.

Polyfest connects students with Samoan identity
RNZ
Samoan students at an Auckland boys school who do not speak the language are using Polyfest to reconnect with their culture.

School rolls reflect population growth
By Pam Jones, 15 Mar 2017
Cromwell's strong population growth is translating into increases in school rolls in the town, principals say.
Cromwell College, Cromwell Primary School and Goldfields Primary School have all had significant roll increases this year and all are expecting more growth.

Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako - System-wide change in Education
by Hon Hekia Parata
A response from the Minister of Education to the recent contribution by Steve Maharey (Can we finally agree on how to run schools).
I largely agree with Steve’s comments, in particular his desire to see a personalisation of learning, and a coming together by our educators.

Some Kiwi schoolgirls spend over five hours a day on their phones after class
Source: 1 NEWS
Parents are being told to lead by example following a survey's findings that many Kiwi teens are on their cellphones from after school until they go to bed and most kids have no limits on their screen time.

Paula Bennett: Consent education already taught in schools and it's 'not a government solution alone'
JO MOIR, March 14 2017
Acting Prime Minister Paula Bennett says consent is already taught in New Zealand schools, and that the issue of a perceived rape culture is not a "government solution alone".

Opinion: All-boys schools breed toxic cultures
14/03/2017, By Estlin Howland
On Monday, hundreds of Wellingtonians marched on Parliament to speak out against rape culture and call for compulsory consent education in high schools. But what goes on in schools - particularly all-boys schools - that creates this culture? Former Wellington College student Estlin Howland shares his thoughts.

School property- Chris Hipkins to the Associate Minister of Education (video)
14 March 2017, Duration: 07:07
CHRIS HIPKINS to the Associate Minister of Education: How many schools across the country are currently using libraries, halls, and other areas not intended for regular teaching as temporary classrooms?

668 (2017).How will NZQA assess whether schools have the necessary technical infrastructure to participate in online examinations?
Chris Hipkins to the Minister of Education (22 Feb 2017):
Hon Hekia Parata (Minister of Education) replied: This is an operational matter for the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). I am advised that NZQA will utilise a range of approaches to assess whether schools have the technical infrastructure to participate in online examinations. Schools make the final decision as to whether they have the necessary technical infrastructure to participate. NZQA has learned from previous Trials and Pilots and will provide guidance to schools about what has worked well in addition to the guidance provided in 2016. NZQA will also provide schools with a set of familiarisation activities in 15 different subjects which they could use to simulate a large scale digital examination so as to determine their own ability to manage online examinations and any associated issues. There are schools that were involved in 2016 that NZQA knows were able to manage the online examinations comfortably. New schools will undergo a self-assessment based on criteria that NZQA will provide and this will be followed up by a discussion with NZQA.

661 (2017). Is it acceptable for schools to ask parents to contribute to the cost of relief teacher cover for a teacher travelling with a school sports team or cultural group?
Chris Hipkins to the Minister of Education (22 Feb 2017):
Hon Hekia Parata (Minister of Education) replied: It is not acceptable for schools to ask parents to contribute to the cost of relief teacher cover for a teacher travelling with a school sports team or cultural group The cost of employing a relief teacher, under any circumstances, cannot be passed on to parents. The right to free education, as provided for in section 3 of the Education Act 1989, means that there should be no charges associated with curriculum delivery. The Government pays teachers’ salaries and provides relief teacher funding to boards for the purpose of curriculum delivery, consequently, the costs of replacing the teacher who is travelling with a school sports team or cultural group cannot be passed on to parents. This is also my response to written question 00662 (2017).

657 (2017). What advice, if any, does the Ministry of Education provide to schools regarding relief teacher cover for staff members travelling with school sports teams?
Chris Hipkins to the Minister of Education (22 Feb 2017)
Hon Hekia Parata (Minister of Education) replied: This is an operational matter for the Secretary for Education. I am advised that the Ministry of Education does not provide any advice to schools relating specifically to relief teacher cover for staff members travelling with school sports teams. However, the Ministry of Education provides funding to boards of trustees to help with the payment of salaries and allowances for relief teachers. While there is no set amount a board of trustees should spend on relief teachers, it is recommended that funding for relief teacher expenses is set aside in schools’ annual budgets.

651 (2017). How many teachers or school staff have been overpaid by the Novopay system in each of the pay cycles so far in 2017, if any?
Chris Hipkins to the Associate Minister of Education (22 Feb 2017):
Hon Nikki Kaye (Associate Minister of Education) replied: I am advised that the number of overpayments to teachers and school staff in the first three pay cycles of 2017 was: 1st pay period 2nd pay period 3rd pay period 10 41 32 In total there were 222,150 payments made over the three pay periods.

650 (2017). How many teachers or school staff have been underpaid by the Novopay system in each of the pay cycles so far in 2017, if any?
Chris Hipkins to the Associate Minister of Education (22 Feb 2017)
Hon Nikki Kaye (Associate Minister of Education) replied: I am advised that the number of underpayments made in the first three pay cycles of 2017 was: 1st pay period 2nd pay period 3rd pay period 12 63 53 In total there were 222,150 payments made over the three pay periods.

649 (2017). How many complaints, if any, has Novopay received regarding incorrect payments so far in 2017 and how does this compare with previous years?
Chris Hipkins to the Associate Minister of Education (22 Feb 2017)
Hon Nikki Kaye (Associate Minister of Education) replied: I am advised that Novopay has received 223 complaints so far in 2017, out of 222,150 payments made over three pay periods. This compares with 184 complaints in the same period in 2016, and 319 in 2015. These levels are within normal tolerance levels.

647 (2017). Have any new faults with the Novopay system been identified this year, if so, what are those faults?
Chris Hipkins to the Associate Minister of Education (22 Feb 2017):
Hon Nikki Kaye (Associate Minister of Education) replied: I am advised that there have been two new defects identified since 1 January 2017. Both are low level defects not impacting on core payroll delivery.

UK
Ministers can no longer ignore protests over the school funding crisis
Geoff Barton, 14 March 2017
Schools are where society invests in its future. They are where our collective knowledge, skills, culture and values are reinforced, realigned and passed on to the next generation. The hallmark of a civilised society – one that believes that the key to its success lies in the optimism and ideals of its young people – is surely in its commitment to schools and colleges.

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