Publication Library

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

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.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
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.
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May 9, 2017 09/05/17
Domestic Violence Victims' Protection Bill Q & A (2017) About the Bill, questions and answers.
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April 21, 2017 21/04/17
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.
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April 20, 2017 20/04/17
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.
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April 11, 2017 11/04/17
Dress Codes and Teachers PPTA Te Wehengarua advice to teachers regarding dress codes and requests to 'dress appropriately' at school
December 14, 2016 14/12/16
Duty (2008) 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.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
Duty outside timetabled hours (2009) 2009 Annual conference paper. Teachers feel a tension between their supervisory and administrative duties, on one hand, and on the other the broader professional drive to effectively engage with students to build effective relationships. This is exacerbated by the increasing complexity of the core teaching task itself, as teaching shifts towards a more student-centred focus and as the assessment system becomes more complex and time consuming.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
EDUCANZ: the current state of play (2015) 2015 Annual conference paper. This paper provides a report of PPTA's actions opposing the government's scrapping of the Teachers Council and replacing it with a non-representative and overtly political body, EDUCANZ.
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April 11, 2017 11/04/17
Educanz boycott guidance 2016 This document covers instructions for members about not accepting appointment or nomination to the council.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education (Update) Amendment Bill: Submission November 2016 Our submission focuses on the issues that we have with the proposal for communities of online learning (“COOLs”) and we recommend that this part be removed from the Bill and, instead, that a cross-sector working party be established to develop a policy framework for online learning in New Zealand.
We have also provided comment and recommendations on the following proposals:
(a) Changes to the objectives to:
(i) better incorporate the concept of “equity”; ...
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
Education Amendment Bill (2012): Submission PPTA comments on three aspects of the Bill:
1 The surrender and retention of property
2 Charter schools
3 Multiple timetabling
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Amendment Bill No 2: EDUCANZ Submission May 2014 Outlines PPTA concerns particularly around the role and status of the NZ Teachers' Council
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Amendment Bill No 2: NZSPC Submission April 2014 Submission of the NZ Secondary Principals' Council on the Education Amendment Bill No.2
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Amendment Bill No.2 (EDUCANZ): Submission May 2014 PPTA have been arguing for some years now for the NZ Teachers Council to be changed into a statutory authority from its current status as an autonomous crown entity, we do not believe that the wholesale change that will be enabled by this Bill is in any way necessary or to the benefit of students or the communities that teachers serve.
There are functions listed in this Bill that we consider to be dangerous to the status of the teaching profession and to the credibility of the new body.
The Bill represents a shift to a very low-trust approach to the teaching profession.
PPTA is supportive of strengthening the discipline and competence functions of the Council.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Change Management Toolkit (2016) This kit is about effective education change at the school level.
This toolkit is to assist schools and branches in implementing effective change for improvement, following the identified best practices for educational change.
It contains general principles for implementing successful education change in schools and a series of questions to answer before, during and after a change is trialled.
There is a draft policy which branches can discuss with their boards.
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April 12, 2017 12/04/17
Education Council fees increase. Submission May 2017 Consultation on possible changes to Education Council fees
The consultation document makes it clear that the bulk of the cost the Council is seeking to recover through registration fees is to fund what the paper describes as its expanded “statutory remit”. PPTA has challenged, since the early days of the Teachers Council, the concept that the profession needs its registration body to “lead the profession”.
It is our view that the Education Council should have a narrow remit that is to have high quality and efficient systems for issuing (and in certain cases removing) practising certificates for teaching, and dealing with teachers whose behaviour or competence falls short of acceptable standards.
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May 16, 2017 16/05/17
Education Council plans to massively increase fees - Background (10 April 2017) The Education Council have announced that they are consulting on raising their fees. For example, the practising certificate renewal would go from $220 to $510 per three year period.
Branches, regions and individual members should consider making a response because this will add weight.
The link to the consultation material is
This document includes some background and ideas for responses.
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July 19, 2017 19/07/17
Education Legislation Bill: Submission February 2016 This omnibus bill contains a number of measures that are largely technical and will have very minor impact on the sector, but there are a number of areas of the Bill which seem to be more substantive. PPTA is of the view that these should have been included in the Education Act (1989) update process which is running alongside this legislative change. The more substantive measures include allowing principals to be employed by more than one board of trustees and the changes to school opening hours.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Update Amendment Bill SOP 250 (seclusion and restraint). Submission April 2017 PPTA have concerns about how broad the drafting of the SOP is, and believe that it will lead to unintended consequences that go beyond stopping the use of seclusion, and may inadvertently make some practices that are widely, and appropriately, used in schools illegal.
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May 16, 2017 16/05/17
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 (...contract out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill. Submission May 2017 (May 2017) The National Party want to change the law so that people employed on an individual agreement who earn over $150,000 can contract out of the protections / recourse to a personal grievance, for example:
• Unlawful or constructive dismissal;
• Discrimination;
• Racial / Sexual Harassment; and
• Unjustified disadvantage.
This is a dangerous precedent and the principles have the potential to be extended, either through this Bill or another, to other workers who earn less money or are employed on a collective agreement.
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
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