SecondaryEd news 7 Apr 2017

Teacher shortage; Flooding; Health and safety; and more ....
Have a good weekend, end of term is near.

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.

Teacher shortage in Southland secondary schools
Celebration of Christchurch school rebuild milestones
Flooding keeps schools and early learning centres closed
Cut throat H&S punishment for school (audio)
A cultural experience without the suitcase
Kowhai Special School's new site after 40 years
Increasing pathways for local youth in the region to succeed (Dual Pathways)
Taranaki teacher awarded medal for her work promoting French language
Golden Bay school bans social media and switches off the wi-fi during break times
Teacher who falsified about NCEA results can keep teaching
Parliament - are schools are getting all the support they need to help every child succeed? (video)
Resources needed to reduce violence in schools – not police
Minister Wrongly Quotes Principal in the House Today

Link to Parliamentary debate

Sandra Grey: Universities' response to staff survey bears out bullying claims (Tertiary)
Exclusive: DfE increases budget for teacher recruitment advertising by £6m as trainee numbers slump (UK)
Female heads 'under-represented in secondary schools', says study (UK)
The effect of Fibre Broadband on Student's academic performance (Tech - there's a difference between causation and correlation)

Teacher shortage in Southland secondary schools
Thursday 06 Apr, 2017 | By Ashleigh Reid
Secondary schools in Southland are struggling to attract younger teachers to combat both a teacher shortage and an ageing teacher population.

Celebration of Christchurch school rebuild milestones
Nikki Kaye, 6 April, 2017
Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will visit three Christchurch schools today to celebrate the completion of new classrooms and facilities, which are part of redevelopment projects valued at around $20 million.
Ms Kaye will be visiting Cashmere Primary School, Halswell Residential College and Avonhead Primary School.

Flooding keeps schools and early learning centres closed
Friday, 7 April 2017, Press Release: Ministry of Education
The aftermath of the severe wet weather has kept 29 schools and 38 early learning services across the North Island closed today, affecting 3101 schools students and 1252 pre-schoolers.
A local state of civil emergency remains in place in Whakatane and the Ministry of Education’s regional staff are working closely with the principals of Edgecumbe School and Edgecumbe College, says the Ministry of Education’s deputy secretary of Sector Enablement and Support Katrina Casey.

Cut throat H&S punishment for school (audio)
RNZ, The Panel, 4:14 pm on 6 April 2017
Lawyer Grant Nicholson discusses the punishment meted out to Saint Kentigern College over it's grisly Sweeney Todd accident.

A cultural experience without the suitcase
REBECCA MOORE,  April 7 2017
Southland students are getting the chance to interact with students abroad without the cost of heading overseas.
Southland Girls' High School has teamed with Changshu International School, Suzhou, China to offer students a cultural experience.

Kowhai Special School's new site after 40 years
MEGAN HUNT,  April 7 2017
After five years of securing funding, planning and construction, one of Hawke's Bay's most unique schools has opened its refurbished doors.
Kowhai Special School caters for children aged 5 to 21 year's old with special learning needs.
It has satellite classes at Hastings Central School, Raureka School, Heretaunga Intermediate and Flaxmere College, where students can be taught in specialised classes while still being part of a mainstream school.

Increasing pathways for local youth in the region to succeed (Dual Pathways)
Fuseworks Media, Friday, 7 April, 2017
A new initiative to help pathway youth from education to employment is set to be rolled out in this region in term two. Known as ‘DualPathways’, it gives youth at secondary school in years 12 and 13 the option to enrol part-time at a tertiary institute. They spend three days a week at school and two at tertiary gaining NCEA credits while achieving crucial industry knowledge and skills to transition directly from school to employment, or further training. They also have the option to work towards a qualification alongside developing core industry specific knowledge, while still in school.

Taranaki teacher awarded medal for her work promoting French language
DAVID BURROUGHS,  April 6 2017
When Glenda Palmer moved to France in 1978, she didn't know a word of French.
Fast-forward 39 years and the school teacher has just been awarded a prestigious medal by the French ambassador to New Zealand for her work improving the access Kiwi students have to the French language.

Golden Bay school bans social media and switches off the wi-fi during break times
NINA HINDMARSH,  April 6 2017
A Golden Bay school will be switching off its wi-fi network during break times to encourage more face-to-face time amongst its senior students.
Collingwood Area School's move comes as more schools around the country are making the choice to get kids off their phones and social media sites.

Teacher who falsified about NCEA results can keep teaching
Thursday Apr 6, 2017
A teacher who at least 10 times falsified about his students' exam results has been allowed to continue teaching.

Parliament - are schools are getting all the support they need to help every child succeed? (video)
Date: 06 April 2017 Duration: 06:21
Question 2 - Chris Hipkins to the Minister of Education - Is she confident that schools are getting all the support they need to help every child succeed?

Resources needed to reduce violence in schools – not police
Friday, 7 April 2017, Press Release: NZEI
Primary school principals have expressed horror and disbelief at the Minister of Education’s suggestion in Parliament that schools should call the police to deal with “very violent” student behaviour.
NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart said greater funding was needed to resource schools and support services so these troubled kids – and their classmates – could learn and reach their true potential.

Minister Wrongly Quotes Principal in the House Today
Friday, 7 April 2017, Press Release: Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association
Minister Parata stated that a principal had stated he was recommending to principals in Te Tai Tokerau to suspend children with behavioural needs unless the necessary help was received and condemned this action.
Link to Parliamentary debate

Tertiary
Sandra Grey: Universities' response to staff survey bears out bullying claims
Friday Apr 7, 2017
When I became president of tertiary education's largest union it was quite a shock to see the fear that existed in the sector.
As an academic I have always been a great believer in, and practitioner of, academic freedom and testing received wisdom at every turn.

UK
Exclusive: DfE increases budget for teacher recruitment advertising by £6m as trainee numbers slump
Helen Ward, 6th April 2017
But are the TV advertisements aimed at drawing people into the profession working?
The government is increasing spending on marketing campaigns to attract people into teaching, as recruitment drops in the face of competition from other professions for graduates.

Female heads 'under-represented in secondary schools', says study
BBC News
Female head teachers in England's secondary schools will remain an under-represented group for a quarter of a century, a study has found.
The research notes that there has been an increase in the overall proportion of female head teachers between 2001 and 2015, from 25% to 38%.

Tech - there's a difference between causation and correlation
The effect of Fibre Broadband on Student's academic performance
Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Arthur Grimes and Wilbur Townsend
Students with access to fibre broadband learn more, thousands benefit.
The New Zealand Government has spent over $1 billion since 2008 developing an ‘ultra-fast broadband’ network that
prioritised school connections. This paper evaluates that investment using a difference-in-difference study of schools’
academic performance. It is the first research anywhere in the world to specifically evaluate fibre broadband’s effect on
educational achievement.

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