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.
April 12, 2017
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.
February 10, 2017
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.
July 26, 2017
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.
November 28, 2016
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.
September 7, 2017
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.
January 25, 2017
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.
February 9, 2017
Things to know about surplus staffing
(September 2017) Guidance for senior leaders on surplus staffing
(Written for Senior Positions Advisory Committee (SPAC))
October 16, 2017
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.
July 26, 2017
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.
April 19, 2017
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.
October 31, 2017
University Entrance review discussion document. Submission April 2017
PPTA wishes to put on record here its concern that the universities continue to have so much influence over the curriculum in the senior school by their position on University Entrance requirements. ... We do object to the amount of power that universities have over the detail of the University Entrance requirements.
May 10, 2017
Updating the Education Act: Submission December 2015
The following submission answers the fifteen questions from the consultation document.
May 10, 2017
Valuing beginning teachers (2008)
2008 Annual conference paper. Successful teacher induction is a vital investment in the future of our profession and the education sector. It plays a critical part in building on initial teacher education, establishing the foundations of teaching and in the retention of teachers.
January 24, 2017
Variation to the Secondary Principals’ Collective Agreement 2016-2019 Terms of Settlement
(25 August 2017) Agreement to the variation was reached following discussion between representatives of the Ministry of Education and the NZPPTA (with the authority to also represent SPANZ Union), and shall be subject to ratification by NZPPTA and SPANZ Union members pursuant to section 51 of the Employment Relations Act 2000.
This document records the agreed variation to clause 3.7 of the SPCA as follows:
3.7 Allowance for Community of Schools Leadership role and the recognition of other leadership responsibilities
August 25, 2017
Virtual Schooling: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (Gary Miron)
(November 2016) Gary Miron, Professor of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research Western Michigan University. Presentation at Victoria University on the New Zealand government proposal to introduce online schools.
January 19, 2017
Vulnerable Children Bill: Submission October 2013
Submission to the Social Services Select Committee on the Vulnerable Children Bill. Outlines the context in which the proposals in the Bill are being made, including our international obligations, growing inequality in New Zealand and the counter-productive changes proposed in the Employment Relations Amendment Bill.
December 15, 2016
Who achieves what in secondary schooling? A conceptual and empirical analysis
PPTA Te Wehengarua commissioned "Who achieves what in secondary schooling? A conceptual and empirical analysis" to examine who is 'failing' in New Zealand schools, with a particular emphasis on secondary schooling
November 14, 2016
Who achieves what in secondary schooling? A conceptual and empirical analysis (Liz Gordon, Brian Easton)
(July 2013) During 2012, the Minister of Education stated on a number of occasions that one in five students were failing in school. PPTA Te Wehengarua commissioned "Who achieves what in secondary schooling? A conceptual and empirical analysis" to examine who is 'failing' in New Zealand schools, with a particular emphasis on New Zealand secondary schooling.
May 25, 2017
Who achieves what in secondary schooling? Liz Gordon presentation slides (2013)
Liz Gordon presentation slides of "Who achieves what in secondary schooling?". During 2012, the Minister of Education stated on a number of occasions that one in five students were failing in school. PPTA Te Wehengarua commissioned "Who achieves what in secondary schooling? A conceptual and empirical analysis" to examine who is 'failing' in New Zealand schools, with a particular emphasis on New Zealand secondary schooling.
November 14, 2016
Why sign up to the Promise to New Teachers
(May 2017) Why we should sign up to the Promise to new teachers: Giving new teachers a the support they need at the start of their careers
June 7, 2017
Whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori communities and schools working together (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. Working together to support māori student success. The purpose of this paper is to help schools and Māori communities to work together, to build collaborative, culturally responsive relations and mana enhancing partnerships and to put changes into action to support Māori students’ educational success.
August 18, 2017
Women's network handbook
The structure, key issues and contacts for the PPTA women's network.
February 26, 2018
Workload Taskforce summary sheets 2016
These eight summary pamphlets cover the most frequently referenced issues and suggestions from members. Many other important areas of pressure and issues for specific groups of teachers are addressed in the full report.
Summary sheets include:
1: General findings 2: Use of time 3: NCEA 4: Change management 5: Resourcing 6: School management 7: Compliance and PLD 8: ICT
April 12, 2017
Zoning, enrolment schemes and choice – Educational apartheid? (2014)
2014 Annual conference paper from the Waikato region. This paper explores the issue of zoning and its influence on house prices, the movement of students to schools and the perceptions of parents who make choices about which schools to send their children. It identifies unfairness and waste in the current zoning policies and calls for a review.
April 19, 2017