Publication Library

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

Te Tiro Hou: Report of the Qualifications Framework Inquiry 1997 This report outlines the findings of Te Tiro Hou - The Qualifications Framework Inquiry.
With ongoing changes to NCEA and secondary assessment it seems timely to make it more accessible by making the electronic version available.
An educationally valid qualifications system is:
fair; inclusive; cumulative; clear; motivating; coherent; constructive; manageable
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April 19, 2017 19/04/17
Teach First NZ - Update to members February 2014 It would be fair to say, however, that PPTA has not been kept as well-informed by the university as we would like to be as the scheme has rolled out. There are aspects of the placement process for Cohort 2 that PPTA is far from happy about, and we are pursuing this further to ensure that Cohort 3 placements are more consistent with good employer obligations.
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Teacher Supply - extract from the 2017 PPTA Annual Conference Paper (December 2017) Teacher Supply. Extract from PPTA Industrial Strategy for 2018 - and Beyond!
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December 11, 2017 11/12/17
Teacher appraisal guidelines: To improve, not just to prove (2016) These simple guidelines describe what appraisal is for and what a good appraisal process should do. This document is for the people who design and implement appraisal systems in schools and branches that want to investigate their school processes. They give advice on the types of documents that support good processes, and on what should be considered when moving to web based systems for documenting appraisal.
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April 10, 2017 10/04/17
Teacher disciplinary procedures - presentation to NZSPC (2010) Presentation to Secondary principals' council on teacher disciplinary procedures. Presentation refers to legislation, standards and the process.
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January 27, 2017 27/01/17
Teacher education student / trainee membership application form Membership application and change of details notification form for teacher trainees.
As of 22 November 2008 membership of PPTA is free to teacher trainees (decision of PPTA Executive).
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August 30, 2017 30/08/17
Teacher ownership or government takeover? (2013) 2013 Annual conference paper. This paper is largely a reiteration of longstanding existing PPTA policy on the Teachers Council. PPTA’s policy, established over many years of debate at Executive and Annual Conference, provides an excellent basis for a principled position on what a truly representative Teachers Council would look like.
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February 9, 2017 09/02/17
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.
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