Publication Library

Research, guides, information and policies published by PPTA Te Wehengarua

Education and Science Select Committee Inquiry Into Support of Students- with Dyslexia: Submission Sep 2015 PPTA Submission to the Inquiry into the identification and support for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, and autism spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Elected officers handbook 2017 (March 2017) This handbook is for the use of PPTA Te Wehengarua elected officials at branch, regional and executive levels. It will also enable members thinking of standing for office to see what responsibilities that position will entail.
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March 1, 2017 01/03/17
Employment Authority update for PPTA Branches in Auckland and Northland (2015) Update to branches on the outcome of a recent Employment Relations Authority case regarding what is generally known as the Teach First teacher education programme, offered by Auckland University and the Teach First NZ Trust. It will be of most interest to members in schools involved with this programme.
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Employment Relations Authority decision - Teach First NZ (2015) [2015] NZERA-Wellington-116 If there are vacancies in secondary schools which involve the instruction of students (teaching positions), then those vacancies ought to be advertised in the usual way in the Education Gazette in accordance with the requirements of clause 3.2.2 of the collective agreement and appointments made to the subject vacancy in accordance with s.77G of the 1988 Act and clause 3.1.1 of the collective agreement.
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Employment Relations Bill: Submission July 2013 PPTA is strongly opposed to the Employment Relations Amendment Bill and submits that the Committee recommend to the House that it not proceed. The Submission outlines PPTA's concerns about the bill creating further inequality, endangering teacher health and safety, and related issues.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Employment Standards Legislation Bill: Submission October 2015 This submission sets out PPTA’s submission on the Employment Standards Legislation Bill and is informed by members’ concerns about insecure work and commitment to extending paid parental leave (“PPL”). The Bill contains a mix of proposals that impact on vulnerable workers; some positive (in extending paid parental leave and enforcement of minimum enforcement standards) and some with an incredibly negative impact (in relation to zero hour contracts).
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Equipping schools to fight poverty: a community hub approach (2013) 2013 Annual conference paper. Schools are important resources for their communities, but they can become even more so. When a school is a community hub it means that through partnerships it builds the wellbeing and social capital of students, their whānau and the community as a planned and systematic part of its role. Schools cannot become a community hub on their own; this relies on long-term commitment from the wider community and the state, which is why this paper calls on the government to commit to supporting the schools as hubs model.
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February 9, 2017 09/02/17
Establishment of a PPTA Men’s Network (2016) 2016 Annual conference paper. This paper is in response to a recommendation from the 2015 PPTA annual conference that PPTA investigate the establishment of a men’s network. The paper notes that PPTA practice has always been to support the expansion of union activism by encouraging the growth of new union groupings.
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February 10, 2017 10/02/17
Ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and educational achievement: An exploration (Brian Easton) (July 2013) Companion document to "Who achieves what in secondary schooling?" The average PISA scores on the three dimensions of reading, mathematics and science literacy of New Zealand fifteen year-olds are high among the OECD countries. There are differences by ethnicity and class (and to a lesser extent gender), which are explored in this report.
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Evaluation of Senior Subject Adviser (SSA) Pilot initiative 2007 (2008) Note this document was published on the Ministry of Education website and then the Education Counts website. It cannot be located on either website at this time (March 2014). It is a good evaluation of a very good initiative and is useful to consider in light of the government's Investing in Educational Success announcement (Jan 2014)
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Evaluation of Te Kotahitanga phase 3 2007 (August 2007) author Roger Openshaw, Massey University College of Education, commissioned by PPTA. Whilst this review is broadly supportive of the goals sought by the Te Kotahitanga writers, it is highly critical of both the Phase 3 Report and its operationalisation as a professional development programme for teachers.
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December 7, 2016 07/12/16
Examination of the TPPA: Submission March 2016 PPTA Submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee
on the International Treaty Examination of the TPPA.
PPTA has expressed concern at elements of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement during the protracted negotiations that led to its development. Some of the concerns could have been allayed by a more transparent process. When we had the opportunity to meet with MFAT officials, we had some of the specific issues that we raised addressed and answered satisfactorily. It is our impression that more effort could have been made by the government to conduct these negotiations openly and enable interested parties to be briefed by officials.
PPTA supports the submission from the Council of Trade Unions, which represents the interests and concerns of New Zealand working people and union members.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Executive summary - Ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status and educational achievement (July 2013) The average PISA scores on the three dimensions of reading, mathematics and science literacy of New Zealand fifteen year-olds are high among the OECD countries. There are differences by ethnicity and class (and to a lesser extent gender), which are explored in this report.
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Executive summary - Who achieves what in secondary schooling? (July 2013) Executive summary. Liz Gordon and Brian Easton.
During 2012, the Minister of Education stated on a number of occasions that one in five students were failing in school. PPTA Te Wehengarua commissioned "Who achieves what in secondary schooling? A conceptual and empirical analysis" to examine who is 'failing' in New Zealand schools, with a particular emphasis on New Zealand secondary schooling.
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Extra staffing by school MAC23 (2012) Extra staffing by school under MAC 23 calculation for curriculum staffing (based on 2011 confirmed year 9-13 roll).
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October 17, 2016 17/10/16
Extra-curricular activities guidelines (2010) The purpose of these guidelines is to clarify the obligations PPTA members have in relation to extra-curricular issues. As far as possible, the guidelines endeavour to support teachers who are willingly and actively engaged in extra-curricular activities and, as well, those who wish to have no part in it. These guidelines outline teachers' rights but also suggest positive ways schools can encourage and support extra-curricular activities.
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November 16, 2016 16/11/16
Fast track teacher education: A review of the research literature (2012) This review of the literature was commissioned by PPTA Te Wehengarua as a means of informing the decision-making of the Association and its members about the Teach For All (TFA) scheme seeking to prepare teachers for New Zealand's schools.
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Fixed term agreements: guidelines to the Employment Relations Act 2000 (May 2015) A fixed term agreement is when your job at a school is temporary rather than
permanent. For example, you might be appointed to a full-time position at a high school to teach English for a year or you may be appointed to work on a literacy project at a high school and your employment will conclude at the end of the project.
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December 19, 2016 19/12/16
Frequently asked questions: About Time toolkit Appendix 10 FAQs - contact time. Timetabled contact and non-contact time Questions 1-12, Average class/group size Questions 13-31, Part time non-contact Questions 32-35
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November 28, 2016 28/11/16
From islands to archipelagos: developing secondary school leadership (2010) 2010 Annual conference paper. Leadership matters. Education policy-makers and researchers agree that educational leadership can make a positive difference to teaching practices, school cultures, and learning outcomes for students. There is also increasing agreement that the type of leadership needed for successful student outcomes requires more than any one school teacher or principal can deliver. Hence, there is an increasing focus on the need for ‘distributed leadership’ in schools. But what does this really mean in relation to current policy and practice?
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January 23, 2017 23/01/17
From the top corridor to the back field: supporting senior leaders to lead effective change (2016) 2016 Annual conference paper. Senior leaders in secondary schools make a big difference to how well schools function, in particular when it comes to implementing change. They have a significant impact on student learning as well as the work of other teachers. Currently there is little in the way of specific professional learning, support or career development for senior leaders. This paper, from PPTA’s Senior Positions Advisory Committee makes recommendations to improve senior leadership in secondary schools, including proposals for collective agreement claims to ensure that these positions remain attractive to potential applicants.
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February 10, 2017 10/02/17
Grounds and supervision duties (2010) This advice is in four parts: legal requirements, current normal practices, advice from the Executive to members, and examples of good practice operating in schools. It has been developed jointly with NZSPC and PPTA’s senior positions advisory group.

Note: Document has also been called Non-timetabled duties: Grounds and Supervision Duties and was part of a series on How to Reduce Work Overload.
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Guidance counsellors key to positive outcomes PPTA walked away from consultation on the Children’s Action Plan after it threatened to thrust 44 pages of unrealistic standards between school staff and vulnerable children(see PPTA News November/December 2015 page 6). This month we look at one of the places resources should be going — guidance counselling in schools.
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November 15, 2016 15/11/16
Guidelines for appraising Community of School / Learning (CoL) Leadership and Teacher Roles (2014) These guidelines are provided by NZPPTA and NZSTA to assist Boards of Trustees in developing appraisal processes for those in the new role
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March 3, 2017 03/03/17
Guidelines for teachers considering retirement For those who may no longer want to work full-time there are sometimes alternatives to a full retirement
November 15, 2016 15/11/16