Publication Library

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

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.
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January 26, 2017 26/01/17
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.
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November 9, 2016 09/11/16
Beginning Teachers Handbook (2016) The Beginning teachers' handbook is a quick reference for new and beginning teachers in New Zealand secondary schools.
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November 30, 2016 30/11/16
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.
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November 13, 2016 13/11/16
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.
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November 13, 2016 13/11/16
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.
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February 10, 2017 10/02/17
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.
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November 15, 2016 15/11/16
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)
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November 28, 2016 28/11/16
Branch chairs handbook 2017 Branch officers handbook. A 'rough' guide to organising your branch.
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March 1, 2017 01/03/17
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.
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January 20, 2017 20/01/17
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.
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February 15, 2017 15/02/17
Change Management Toolkit (2016) This kit is about effective education change at the school level.
This toolkit is to assist schools and branches in implementing effective change for improvement, following the identified best practices for educational change.
It contains general principles for implementing successful education change in schools and a series of questions to answer before, during and after a change is trialled.
There is a draft policy which branches can discuss with their boards.
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November 13, 2016 13/11/16
Charter School fig leaf poster January 2013 Family time, beach time, down time… that’s the agenda for most of us right The government is happy with that. agenda – the dismantling of New Zealand’s public education system by introducing charter schools. What better time for submissions to close on the Education Amendment Bill 2012 than on 24 January, when the nation is on holiday?
Charter schools represent a failed idea from the USA school system taken up by a failed New Zealand political party. It is being railroaded through Parliament with unseemly haste.
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December 13, 2016 13/12/16
Charter schools (2013) 2013 Annual conference paper. Charter schools, as enabled by Act Party and National Party amendments to the Education Act this year, will be fully taxpayer funded private schools to be operated by private sponsors, with limited protections for students, little or no representation by parents, and little oversight to ensure taxpayer funds are spent appropriately.
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January 24, 2017 24/01/17
Charter schools poster: Unwelcome imports (2014) Possums, gorse, white-tailed spiders, charter schools
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December 8, 2016 08/12/16
Charter schools: an update (2015) 2015 Annual conference paper. This paper examines the extent of the failure of the charter school experiment to provide an improved alternative to the public education system in New Zealand.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
Charter-Schools-Education-Amdt-Bill-THMM-Submission-Jan2013 Submission made on behalf of Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake opposing the changes to the Education Amendment Bill, in particular the section establishing charter schools.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Checklist for earthquake-prone buildings and requests to relocate (2011) The guidelines include advice about what to do when a school is advised to vacate a building deemed an earthquake risk and the role of the branch's health and safety representative.
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November 30, 2016 30/11/16
Children's Action Plan: Letter Nov 2014 Comment on policy proposals for safety checking regulations to be made under the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Childrens Action Plan-Withdrawal Letter October 2015 Outlines the reasons for PPTA's withdrawal from working on this plan.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Class size - Letter from Prof John-ONeill to Minister of Education (2012) The effects of class size on teaching and learning (Questions for oral answer, question 12, 8 February 2012)
... I have done you the courtesy of looking once more at Professor Hattie’s research on class size and the quality of teaching. This letter summarises my careful re-reading, which has resolved none of the errors in the Treasury’s briefing. Consequently, I then explain why other, directly relevant and more sophisticated research studies on class size effects on teaching, learning and achievement are more useful to schooling policy development in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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October 20, 2016 20/10/16
Class size poster: How dense do you want them (2008) Poster from Class Size campaign 2008
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October 17, 2016 17/10/16
Class size presentation (2007) 2007 Annual conference. Presentation with Class size report. Why class size matters.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
Class size report (2007) 2007 Annual conference paper. Since 2006 PPTA has analysed data collected from secondary schools, commissioned research into parental expectations on class size and analysed the literature available on class sizes in secondary schools (both the good and the bad). It was hoped that this report would be able to describe progress made in the curriculum staffing work stream. Unfortunately the work stream broke down almost immediately because of the Minster’s refusal to allow recommendations that had staffing implications and the refusal of the ministry (almost certainly consequential) to agree to a definition of what constituted staffing for the curriculum.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
Class size – The struggle continues (2011) 2011 Annual conference paper. This paper considers the work undertaken to date, the progress that has been made and the future direction for work on achieving class size limits. It seeks confirmation that members continue to feel deeply about the issue of class size. The Association has pursued an interest in class size issues for a long time. This paper picks up the trail from the outcome of the 1998 claim around class size.
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January 24, 2017 24/01/17