Publication Library

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

Teacher supply issues presentation to 2016 conference (video) Presentation on teacher supply issues, delivered by Executive member Melanie Webber to the 2016 PPTA Annual Conference.
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December 12, 2016 12/12/16
Teachers Council: Government patsy or voice of the profession? (2010) 2010 Annual conference paper. Many PPTA members were enraged this year when the Teachers Council announced that fees to renew teachers' practising certificates would nearly double from 1 July. The announcement could not have come at a worse time, with PPTA members already reeling from news of the government's counter-claims in the STCA negotiations.
This has led members to ask a range of questions about the Teachers Council:
- What does it do for me?
- Is it cost-effective?
- Who holds the power at the Council?
- Why doesn't the government pay more of the costs?
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April 10, 2017 10/04/17
Teachers in the precariat: fixed-term contracts and the effect on establishing teachers (2016) 2016 Annual conference paper from the Auckland Region and the PPTA Establishing Teachers’ Committee. This paper addresses the insecure work faced by new and establishing teachers through the use of illegal fixed term contracts, and proposes that schools be encouraged to sign a pledge: Commitment to Establishing Teachers.
Teachers who are on fixed term contracts are vulnerable, and beginning teachers are disproportionately represented in that group. Left unchecked, the growing number of teachers in insecure work has the potential to affect the job satisfaction, stress, professional certification, professional development, and union activism of individual teachers. This, in turn, has a negative impact on the institutional knowledge and the development of the teaching workforce and strength in our union. We need to support the newest members of our profession to continue to have a strong profession and a strong union presence in the future.
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April 4, 2017 04/04/17
Teachers talk about NCEA (2005) The report focuses on the voices of secondary and area school teachers, hence its title ‘Teachers talk about NCEA’. It portrays a profession which is engaged on a hugely important project which is challenging the intellectual, emotional and physical resources of teachers to the maximum.
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August 31, 2017 31/08/17
Teachers talk about NCEA - Summary (2005) Research conducted by Judie Alison (NZPPTA) This is a summary version of a much larger report of the same name. This version does not contain the voices of the teachers who participated in the focus groups, nor does it contain all the detail of their discussions.
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August 31, 2017 31/08/17
Teachers the new targets of schoolyard bullies (2004) Benefield, J. Despite a wealth of anecdotal evidence, there is currently very little research data available on the prevalence or impact of the various forms of physical and emotional violence directed against staff in schools. Accordingly, in July 2004, PPTA undertook a systematic survey of its members in order to find out what kinds of bullying and harassment teachers are facing in schools and from whom.
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November 15, 2016 15/11/16
Technology; theory without practice? (2006) PPTA conducted this research in 2005 in response to the concerns of technology teachers.
Post script: while there have been some positive changes since this report- such as the offer of scholarships to career changers and the introduction specific programmes (such as that at the University of Waikato and the DipSS) and changes to the technology curriculum - there is still a recruitment and retention crisis in technology teaching.
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December 7, 2016 07/12/16
Terms of Reference: Secondary Teacher Supply Working Group Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) 2015-2018 Terms of Settlement
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May 31, 2017 31/05/17
The Future Shape of the Special Schools Network in Greater Christchurch: Submission June 2014 PPTA maintains that it is essential to retain special and residential schools
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
The New Zealand principal’s experience of the school board as employer (2009) Survey report to NZ Secondary Principals Council and New Zealand Principals Federation. Author: Carol Anderson
This survey sought principals' observations of the way in which the board-principal employment relationship works within the governance framework which operates in New Zealand schools.
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January 27, 2017 27/01/17
The New Zealand principal’s experience of the school board as employer - appendices (2009) Appendices to the New Zealand principal's experience of the school board as employer: Survey report to NZ Secondary Principals Council and New Zealand Principals Federation,
Author: Carol Anderson
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January 27, 2017 27/01/17
The New Zealand principal’s experience of the school board as employer - summary (2009) Summary of The New Zealand principal's experience of the school board as employer: Survey report to NZ Secondary Principals Council and New Zealand Principals Federation. Author: Carol Anderson.
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January 27, 2017 27/01/17
The School Guidance Counsellor: Guidelines for Principals, Boards of Trustees, Teachers and Guidance Counsellors (2015) Guidance counsellors have traditionally been trained and registered teachers who have additional specialist qualifications in counselling. Guidance counselling has always been regarded as a specialist teaching role, even where it has not involved any classroom teaching.
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
The changing role of distance education in New Zealand (MoE paper OIA response) PPTA made an Official Information Act request to access this paper from the Ministry of Education. (Note: 60 pages)
It is more about 'opening up the market' than education.
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December 14, 2016 14/12/16
The cost of change: PPTA survey on NCEA workload 2010 The NCEA changes implemented from 2011 to 2013 presented some major challenges for all teachers, and teachers in some subjects, roles and schools felt these challenges disproportionately. The survey provides useful fine-grained data about these pressure points, and officials need to take this into account in ongoing planning of support. The change processes of the Ministry of Education and NZQA were not adequate for a project of this scale.
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April 12, 2017 12/04/17
The middle leadership problem (2016) 2016 Annual conference paper. This paper updates members on continued work by the Middle Leadership Taskforce since their report to Annual Conference 2015. It includes a summary of findings from the survey of members conducted in Term 1 this year which revealed that 40 percent of current classroom teachers have no wish to be curriculum middle leaders in the future, because of the high workload for the time available, and payment which is inadequate compensation for the extra responsibilities.
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February 10, 2017 10/02/17
The resourcing constraints of timetabling: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 3. Ideally a school’s timetable would be driven entirely by students’ learning needs but the reality is that it is necessarily limited by the resourcing and facilities available.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
The timetabling policy: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 4. The requirement that a school must have a timetabling policy and are required to consult with its teaching staff over its timetabling policy was first introduced in 2001-02 along with the first provisions of guaranteed non-contact time (3 hours per week, later increasing to five). At the time it was accepted that teachers’ work had increased (partly from the onset of NCEA ) and it was also accepted that there would be unavoidable occasions where the non-contact provisions might not be met.
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November 28, 2016 28/11/16
Theory of secondary teacher demand and supply 2016 An NZPPTA paper to the Secondary Teacher Supply Working Party 2016.
Paper presented to, and discussed with, PPTA members at the 2016 Issues and Organising seminar.
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September 7, 2017 07/09/17
There Is Always A Reasonable Alternative (TIAARA); not TINA (There Is No Alternative) (2011) 2011 Annual conference paper. PPTA’s constitution requires us to advance the interests of secondary teachers and secondary schooling. We have long held that the interests of secondary schooling include the interests of our students. To date, our policies to advance those interests have been founded in the broad educational and ‘social good’ beliefs of our members. In the past three years, it has become increasingly apparent to the Executive that, in order to fully engage in contesting for those interests, the Association would benefit from providing an economic perspective. This paper seeks to begin the process of policy development.
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January 25, 2017 25/01/17
There is always a reasonable alternative: PPTA’s economic model for Aotearoa/New Zealand (2012) 2012 Annual conference paper. PPTA is not affiliated to any political party but cannot ignore the risk that the next generation will face a future of economic deprivation and unsustainable levels of environmental degradation in order to satisfy continued corporate greed. Policies that deliberately fuel rampant inequality by privatising profits and socialising losses lead to widespread poverty and social unrest. This is not the future we want for young New Zealanders.
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February 9, 2017 09/02/17
Things to know about surplus staffing (September 2017) Guidance for senior leaders on surplus staffing

(Written for Senior Positions Advisory Committee (SPAC))
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October 16, 2017 16/10/17
Timetabling Framework: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 2 . The prerequisites on schools in terms of timetabling arise from legislation and the collective agreements and are longstanding and well understood. New constraints or requirements can arise from new government, Ministry or school initiatives.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Tomorrow’s schools: Yesterday’s mistake? (2008) 2008 Annual conference paper. The future is collaborative, yet New Zealanders seem content to believe that a system based on competition and self-interest and designed to serve the needs of a vocal and wealthy minority rather than the national interest is acceptable. There is considerable evidence for the proposition that 21st century education will not be about isolated and competing units, but multi-campus, collaborative learning, facilitated by ICT.
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April 19, 2017 19/04/17
True charity kept at home (October 2015) Is it right that the “top five or ten percent” have increasing levels of influence and decision making power in terms of public policy and public education?
PPTA News report on Professor John O’Neill's presentation on "How charities are shaping education policy in New Zealand" to the 2015 PPTA Annual conference.
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October 31, 2017 31/10/17