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
Advice, support and representation provided to NZSPC members
(August 2017) Advice, support and representation provided to principal members of PPTA as part of their membership fee.
Principal members are represented by the New Zealand Secondary Principals' Council (NZSPC)
September 1, 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
Affirming diversity: inclusion for sexuality and gender minorities (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. This paper updates members about the continued work of the Rainbow Taskforce. It includes a summary of the work of the group since it was formed in 1993 and makes suggestions for the next steps in our work to make schools more inclusive of minority genders and sexualities. Safe inclusive schools are important for the wellbeing of both teachers and students and the recommendations would have a significant impact on both. This paper discusses areas of concern and highlights the need for proactive leadership and best practice models that ensure schools are meeting the needs of their students and providing safe workplaces for staff.
September 12, 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.
June 21, 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.
September 11, 2017
Appraisal using the standards and criteria (2016)
This more detailed document describes the relationship between the professional standards and registered teacher criteria and what schools need to know about these. There are some examples of how schools can get this wrong, and a checklist to make sure that they are being used correctly.
April 10, 2017
Area School Principals Collective Agreement (ASPCA) 2016-2019
The Area School Principals’ Collective Agreement sets out the conditions of employment, salary rates and rights and entitlements for PPTA principal members in area schools. The term of this agreement is 30 June 2016 to 29 June 2019.
August 24, 2017
Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA) 2016-2019
The Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement sets out the conditions of employment, salary rates and rights and entitlements for PPTA members in Area schools.
November 9, 2016
Backpack Full of Cash Rotorua screening
Wednesday 20 September 2017, Sudima Hotel, 1000 Eruera St., Rotorua
6pm. Gold coin donation
August 30, 2017
Beginning Teachers' Handbook
(2017) The beginning and new teachers' handbook is a quick reference for new and beginning teachers in New Zealand secondary schools.
August 21, 2017
Behaviour Guidelines (2014)
These guidelines focus on a systems approach to behaviour management - identifying when they are effective and how they support teachers and students.
November 13, 2016
Behaviour Positive Learning and all that Jazz (2015)
A paper presented to the APBS 12th International Conference on Positive Behaviour Support, March 11-14, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts. This paper seeks to map the roots of Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) as a portfolio of initiatives in New Zealand schools and to investigate the unique ways it has grown.
November 13, 2016
Behaviour, behaviour, behaviour – It's a class act! (2014)
2014 Annual conference paper. After the 2013 Annual Conference expressed concern about the way PB4L and related initiatives were operating in schools, this paper explains how these behavioural initiatives are being implemented, describes some of the challenges in turning theory into effective practice and recommends PPTA adopt a set of behavioural guidelines to empower branches to have more say about how behaviour management frameworks operate in their schools.
February 10, 2017
Best practice behaviour management: A view from the literature
(2007) Written by Patty Towl for the NZPPTA
While this review is a small study by one researcher over six weeks, it found general agreement across all of the literature that teachers need an enhanced skill set to manage the challenging behaviour prevalent in New Zealand schools.
The review suggests that managing challenging student behaviour is not about personal competence; it is a school climate and professional development issue.
November 15, 2016
Better leading for better learning: Report of the middle leadership taskforce. (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. This report is the final in a series of reports and papers by PPTA’s Middle Leadership Taskforce. It summarises the issues for middle leadership, and the work of the Taskforce to seek to address this. It also contains a section about the Workload Working Group 2016, and the ways in which that group’s recommendations are relevant to the issues for middle leadership.
August 18, 2017
Better provision for due diligence - Health and safety
(April 2016) A new health and safety act, which came into force this month, will provide paid time and training for staff to ensure their workplace is safe. PPTA News article April 2016 p.11
May 18, 2017
Branch Audits: About Time toolkit Appendix 1
Branch audit process on timetabling, for schools covered by the Secondary School Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) and the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA)
July 26, 2017
Branch chairs handbook 2017
Branch officers handbook. A 'rough' guide to organising your branch.
April 12, 2017
Building on excellence: How to make a great schooling system even better (2010)
2010 Annual conference paper. This paper challenges the validity of government claims about low achievement and inequity, and suggests that the government goal that all students be able to experience success at Level 2 NCEA, while a laudable aspiration, is not achievable in a low-trust environment where teachers and schools are facing cuts across a whole range of support services, in tandem with a burgeoning workload.
The paper then tackles the vital question of what is needed, and what is not needed, if secondary schools are to make significant improvements to levels of student achievement in New Zealand.
January 20, 2017
Bulk funding: a retrospective (2002)
(2002) Paper presented at the 2002 Education International Conference (New Zealand).
PPTA Te Wehengarua has been fighting bulk funding since 1989. This paper examines the various manifestations of bulk funding (the bulk funding trial; relief bulk funding; salaries grant for management; direct resourcing and the fully-funded option) and the different responses they required. It considers the long-term educational and political impact of bulk funding and traces the history of that struggle. It also explores the various strategies used to fight off bulk funding from political and community lobbying through to wildcat strikes and other industrial activities.
April 19, 2017
CAPNA [Curriculum and Pastoral Needs Analysis] meeting flowchart
(September 2017) CAPNA [Curriculum and Pastoral Needs Analysis] a summary
September 26, 2017
Calculating average class size (2011)
(30 August 2011) Average class size calculator. Some timetabling programmes used by schools have a function which calculates average class size in a way that does not meet requirements for STCA purposes.
February 15, 2017