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.
January 26, 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
Beginning Teachers Handbook
(2016) The Beginning teachers' handbook is a quick reference for new and beginning teachers in New Zealand secondary schools.
May 3, 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 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)
November 28, 2016
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
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
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.
December 13, 2016
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.
January 24, 2017
Charter schools poster: Unwelcome imports
(2014) Possums, gorse, white-tailed spiders, charter schools
December 8, 2016
Charter schools public survey results (2013)
(May 2013) PPTA survey of the NZ public 18 years and over: Charter schools results.
Survey conducted by MM Research
April 19, 2017
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.
January 19, 2017
Submission made on behalf of Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake opposing the changes to the Education Amendment Bill, in particular the section establishing charter schools.
December 15, 2016
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.
November 30, 2016
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
December 15, 2016
Childrens Action Plan-Withdrawal Letter October 2015
Outlines the reasons for PPTA's withdrawal from working on this plan.
December 15, 2016
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.
October 20, 2016
Class size poster: How dense do you want them (2008)
Poster from Class Size campaign 2008
October 17, 2016