2016 PPTA News September (vol.37 no.6)
Somebody is thinking of the children - President's viewpoint p.3;
A chance for children (He Huarahi Tamariki) p.4;
Crossing cultural barriers through movement (Louise Fielder) p.6;
Examining the teacher laptop scheme (TELA) p.7;
Integrated curriculum vs subject silos (Gerard MacManus and Lawrence Mikkelsen) p.8;
What are you like at bass guitar (Dave Armstrong on teacher registration) p.9;
Too many tasks for too few people (PPTA workload taskforce) p.10;
The transformation of schools into businesses (Bulk funding) p.12;
Cultivating culture - PPTA pasifika fono) p.14;
Pathways for Maori success (PPTA Maori Teachers' Conference) p.16;
Te Wiki o te reo Maori every day (Cecelia Pakinga) p.17;
Involving everyone in Health and Safety p.18;
Consultation on management units essential (Field Officer advice) p.19.
April 5, 2017
2017 Ngā Manu Kōrero speech topics
Ngā Manu Kōrero topics Māori and English
March 21, 2017
2017 PPTA News April (vol.38 no.2)
Working with the people who matter most - President's viewpoint p.3;
Morning teas a #Winning formula p.4;
Professionals gather to advance public education (Issues and Organising seminar) p.5;
Staunch activist stands up for the most vulnerable (Trevor Wilson) p.6;
Students may miss out as staffing schools get harder p.8;
Trusting teaching and prioritising teachers' wellbeing (ISTP) p.9;
School, iwi and community join forces for students (Taihape Area School) p.10;
Something to stand up for (Alternative education Wainuiomata Rangatahi Learning Centre) p.12;
2017 Maori Teachers’ Conference p.14;
A commitment to social justice and workers rights (Obituary Gunther Warner) p.15;
“Lightbulb moment” with staff at morning tea (Howick College) p.16;
Charter schools and tino rangatiratanga? Please... (Morgan Godfrey) p. 17;
Contemplations from the classroom (Roger Gregory) p. 18;
Supporting our colleagues in precarious employment - Out in the Field p.19;
Updates - Communities of Learning survey; Education Council fee increase p. 20.
May 2, 2017
2017 PPTA News February-March (vol.38 no.1)
The cost of change for change's sake - President's viewpoint p.3;
Bulk funding - gone by morning tea time p.4;
Introducing the new faces of PPTA p.5;
Excessive teacher workload is hurting students p.6-7;
Dealing in students' "musical currency" p.8;
An inspiring mentor for younger women - obituary, Helen Ryburn p.10;
The boss that always cared - obituary, Colin Moore - p.11;
The commodification of kids - online schools in the US - p.12;
Speaking truth to power (select committee submissions) p.13;
New graduates - keep an eye on your entitlements - Out in the Field p.14;
Looking out for the new kids - support for beginning teachers p.15;
Taking on the tiger teachers - book review p.16;
Compulsory English in schools - satire p.17;
Looking Forward Looking Back - NETs conference p.20.
April 4, 2017
80, 15, 5 percent: What we know; what they need… (2009)
2009 Annual conference paper. The challenge is to try and get the best value we can for professional support for teachers and funding for schools to work proactively with the bulk of our students, while lobbying and monitoring the government to commit badly-needed funding and resources to the development of specialist services for children and young people with conduct problems. Despite an extremely positive and proven cost-beneﬁ t ratio for early intervention into conduct problems, our system continues to be fragmented, under-staffed, under-qualiﬁ ed and under-funded.
January 19, 2017
A Civilised Society - the bulk funding battle
A Civilised Society is a documentary directed by Alister Barry - it's a story about the battle of ordinary New Zealanders against education policies such as bulk funding and individual contracts, policies they believed would wreak havoc in education
December 12, 2016
A hierarchy of inequality – The decile divide (2013)
2013 Annual conference paper from the Waikato region. There are concerns about use of the decile system for other purposes. Set up as a mechanism to provide targeted funding for students facing significant barriers to learning, the rating has become mixed up with academic performance of schools in league tables and a marketing tool for schools. Parents are often going to considerable lengths to ensure their children access high decile schools, often at considerable sacrifice, in the belief that this is synonymous with ‘good’ schools.
April 19, 2017
A level playing field? The importance of local funding in financing secondary schools (2012)
2012 Annual conference paper from the Waikato Region. In 2003 a PPTA annual conference paper examined how government underfunding affected secondary schools’ capacity to deliver on their core functions, restricting their ability to create an optimal learning environment. The main thrust of the paper was that there was a need to match government funding to the true costs of education in order to deliver a high quality public education. The paper clearly pointed out the inadequacy of the Operations Grant in a changing environment of rising costs and the unhelpful pressure on schools to supplement government funding with other revenue and income sources.
April 19, 2017
A needs-based model of resourcing — time for a national discussion? (2014)
2014 Annual conference paper. This paper explores what “needs-based” could mean in terms of the totality of school resourcing and recommends PPTA seek to work with other organisations to initiate discussions on how the state and integrated schools system could be resourced within a needs-based framework.
April 19, 2017
A policy development or review process: About Time toolkit 2013
Section 7. The following steps should assist in situations where a school either has no timetabling policy – or it is undergoing a review.
November 28, 2016
ASTCA 2016 Terms of settlement
Terms of settlement of the 2016-2019 Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement
December 14, 2016
ASTCA 2016-2019 Part 2 Terms of employment: 2.2 Appointments
Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement appointment process for teachers.
November 12, 2016
ASTCA Part Four Hours of Work: About Time toolkit Appendix 4
Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement Part Four - Maximum Timetabled Classroom Teaching Time
November 28, 2016
ASTCA workload entitlements pamphlet (2013)
The terms and conditions of employment for PPTA Te Wehengarua members in area schools, are set out in the Area School Teachers Collective Agreement (ASTCA). These terms and conditions include your workload entitlements.
April 12, 2017
PPTA Te Wehengarua is the professional association and union of teachers and principals committed to improving secondary education for New Zealand students.
March 22, 2017
Academics put heat on half-baked reactions
The political and media stir caused by professor John Hattie's research on student achievement has prompted a group of academics to look closely at his work.
The authors were particularly concerned that politicians might use Hattie's work to justify ill-informed policy decisions.
October 20, 2016
Accelerated change in the senior secondary school (2011)
2011 Annual conference paper. At PPTA's 2010 annual conference, members called for a range of workload control measures to alleviate some of the demands of implementing the realigned achievement standards across three levels.
January 24, 2017
Adult Community Education Collective Agreement 2016-2019
Adult and Community Education (ACE) Staff in Schools' Collective Agreement 2016-2019
March 2, 2017
Advice on STCA Clause 5.4a (Call back days)
Advice on the application of STCA clause 5.4 Duties When Schools Are Not Open For Instruction
This clause is not about the nature of work done, but about the requirement to attend school or elsewhere when the school is not open for instruction.
November 30, 2016
Advice to secondary school principals regarding performance appraisal
(2011) The Secondary Principals’ Collective Agreement (SPCA), Part Four, outlines in some detail both the performance agreement and annual review processes required of principals by boards.
This review/appraisal process underpins a principal’s advancement and enhanced remuneration through the career structure for secondary school principals.
January 26, 2017
Affirming diversity of sexualities and gender identities in the school community (2017)
(23 May 2017) This document provides guidance about making schools a safer and more inclusive place for students of diverse sexualities and gender identities. It outlines not only the school’s legal and ethical obligations, but also provides practical advice on how affirming diversity can be achieved.
May 23, 2017
Agreement on future employment processes involving Teach First NZ (2016)
Media Statement - Agreement on future employment processes involving the Teach First NZ programme (18 March 2016)
November 14, 2016
Alternatives to study leave for senior students: PPTA advice
This advice reminds members of existing policies and requirements in relation to several factors that need to be considered should a school wish to explore alternatives to senior study leave
March 10, 2017
An advanced qualifications pathway for secondary teachers (2007)
2007 Annual conference paper. It is one thing for governments to sing the praises of a highly qualified, highly skilled secondary teaching profession; it is another thing entirely to get them to pay for it. The professional learning landscape for teachers is littered with the debris of populist ideas, poorly implemented and done on the cheap. If the government is serious about its professed commitment to effective teaching, it will need to do more than talk about it.
January 19, 2017
Annual Conference papers
Papers presented to Annual Conference for debate and policy development. These papers have been developed by PPTA Executive and/or PPTA regions.
March 10, 2017