Collective News July 2017
(3 July 2017) Equal pay case for pro-rata non-contact time for part time secondary teachers.
August 28, 2017
Collective News March 2017
(10 March 2017) Draft Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards - have your say!; Interim practising certificate; When school isn't a safe space...; NETs conference Looking Forward Looking Back
April 10, 2017
Collective News May 2017
(5 May 2017) PPTA survey of Communities of Learning members; PPTA Rainbow Taskforce vacancies; Senior Positions Advisory Committee by-election; Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) coordinators.
May 17, 2017
Communities of learning (CoL)
Communities of Schools are also known as Communities of Learning. A Community of Schools or Learning is a group of schools approved to receive resourcing under the Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative announced in 2014.
September 13, 2017
Communities of learning: the slippage between planning and implementation (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. This paper considers the expectations underlying the implementation of Communities of Learning and the experience of implementation in practice. It finds a gap between the two which is undermining the development of Communities of Learning, identifies the reasons and calls for changes at government, ministry and school leadership level in order to return to the original intents of the initiative.
September 12, 2017
Connected secondary schools (2009)
2009 Annual conference paper. In 2007, PPTA annual conference discussed a paper that presented a vision for what secondary education should look like in the future. The paper set down a number of principles that would be essential for an effective 21st century education system. The list included the statement that schools of the future will need to be “connected institutions” in “cooperative relationships with regional and national networks of schools… and tertiary institutions/workplaces”. It added: “the capacity of teachers to work effectively across a number of institutions, either virtually or actually will be strengthened”.1 This paper considers what needs to change to make this hope a reality.
January 19, 2017
Consultation on the draft Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill. Submission May 2017
While there are good parts in the Bill, including negotiating with the State Services Commission rather than the Ministry of Education, we have also raised concerns with:
• Areas of the Bill where the recommendations of the JWG have not been accepted;
• Issues with losing the precedent value of the Bartlett case and the 1972 Act;
• The proposal to take away the right to claim back-pay in pay equity cases;
• The restriction of “comparator groups” to the same industry in the first instance rather than the recommended “most appropriate comparator”;
• The lack of detail and uncertainty by not having the wording of the transitional provisions drafted in the Bill and the potential for them to apply retrospectively.
May 16, 2017
Consultation: PPTA guidelines for whole staff consultation
PPTA Te Wehengarua guidance for whole staff consultation
November 13, 2016
Criteria for Quality Teaching, ASTCA 2016 2019
Professional standards for teachers in area schools; teacher appraisal.
April 10, 2017
Day relief teachers - Victims of casualisation (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. This paper outlines the issues faced by day relief teachers, including their terms of employment, their difficulties in gaining a school’s agreement to act as lead school for the purpose of attestation and certification, and their inclusion and participation as PPTA members in the branch/es they relieve in. It proposes a number of ways that branches can support these members.
August 18, 2017
Delegate registration form 2017 Annual conference
(8 August 2017) PPTA annual conference delegate registration form.
August 8, 2017
Demolition or restoration — The election and our fight for the Teachers Council (2014)
2014 Annual conference paper. This paper examines further courses of action PPTA could take to influence the shape of the Education Amendment Bill (no. 2) that aims to
replace the Teachers Council with a government appointed body. The paper seeks to build on the influence PPTA members have already had on
the bill at the select committee stage and explores the implications of various General Election results.
April 10, 2017
Developing a Community of Learning / Schools (CoL): Consultation with teachers
Developing a Community of Schools (CoS): Consultation with teachers.
If you've been told your school is going to into a community of schools (COS) [as part of the IES initiative] then be aware that you have a right to be consulted.
PPTA has developed advice for branch officers about being part of the COS consultative process.
May 16, 2017
Developing a performance agreement and professional learning plan (PLP) checklist
(June 2011) Developing a performance agreement and professional learning plan (PLP) checklist and questions.
January 26, 2017
Developing further policy components: About Time toolkit 2013
Section 5 of toolkit. Schools have developed different frameworks to deliver student learning programmes. Most, because of limited school resourcing and facilities, and community needs and expectations, are variations on a traditional timetable, but schools are also experimenting with new forms of programme delivery however in innovative timetables.
July 26, 2017
Digest of major PPTA policy decisions on NCEA 2002 - 2016
(August 2017) Digest of major PPTA policy decisions on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) from 2002 - 2016.
August 18, 2017
Digital citizenship - resource ideas for teachers
The purpose of this webpage to provide digital citizenship resources for teachers to use in their own class or as part of a school wide digital citizenship programme. These resources were curated by members of the PPTA ICT Advisory Committee - please contact us if you have other useful links that we should add.
February 15, 2017
Digital communications guide
(February 2014) The PPTA ICT advisory committee worked with the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) to update the PPTA online safety guides for teachers. Includes advice regarding email use including phone/email contact with parents and students.
April 6, 2017
Disruptive anti-social behaviour in secondary schools (2008)
A paper to the 2008 PPTA Annual Conference from the Hutt Valley Region
The Hutt Valley region presents this paper to National Conference 2008 to draw attention to the increasing incidence (see appendix) of disruptive, anti-social behaviour in New Zealand secondary schools and the need to address this trend through a changed staffing formula.
January 19, 2017
Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill: Submission April 2017
(April 2017) Submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee.
... As the organisation representing secondary teachers, our interest is in the benefits that these policies will have not just for teachers who may be subject to this violence, but also the positive impact that these support mechanisms will have for students (including students’ learning and wellbeing) and their parents.
May 9, 2017
Domestic Violence Victims' Protection Bill Q & A
(2017) About the Bill, questions and answers.
April 21, 2017
Draft Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession: Submission April 2017
(April 2017) Submission to the Education Council on the Draft Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession.... The Standards Working Group talked at length about how these two documents stood in relation to each other, and were quite clear that they serve different purposes and one is not subservient to each other. That message needs to be conveyed very clearly to the public and the profession. We strongly urge that all future publications of the Code and the Standards be as separate documents, to avoid the kind of confusion that the Minister was demonstrating in her comment.
April 20, 2017
Draft Principles for Partnerships between secondary schools and initial teacher education (2016)
2016 Annual conference paper. This paper responds to the call by annual conference 2015 for a working party to be convened to develop a code of practice for managing partnerships between schools and initial teacher education providers. The working party, consisting of PPTA members and initial teacher educators, is recommending a set of principles for partnerships rather than a code of practice. There are four principles, followed by detail about how they should be applied.
April 11, 2017
Dress Codes and Teachers
PPTA Te Wehengarua advice to teachers regarding dress codes and requests to 'dress appropriately' at school
December 14, 2016
2008 Annual conference paper. The 2002, 2004 and 2007 settlements provided for compensatory mechanisms to reduce workload in some areas when, for genuine reasons, teachers were to be asked to forgo guaranteed timetabled non-teaching time. This provision also applies when teachers with more than one class exceed an average of 26 students per class. One of the options open for agreement as a compensatory mechanism is a reduction in duties outside timetabled class hours.
Schools are also required to develop a timetable policy, in consultation with their teaching staff. That policy must include references to duties outside timetabled hours.
January 19, 2017