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
Call for Komiti Pasifika nominations 2018 - application form
(24 August 2017) Nominations are invited for six vacancies on Komiti Pasifika for 2018. The term 1 February 2018 – 31 January 2019.
The Komiti Pasifika advises the PPTA on the needs of Pasifika teachers and Pasifika students. The Komiti generally advises the PPTA National Executive on Pacific issues and concerns, as well as bringing a Pacific outlook to PPTA policy. One of the Komiti Pasifika members is also a member of the PPTA National Executive.
August 24, 2017
Careers services in danger (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. This paper highlights a number of current threats to the provision of adequate careers services in secondary schools, caused by the absorption of Careers New Zealand (Careers NZ) into the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), and continued pressure on school staffing and funding leading to reductions in specialist staffing for careers. In some schools, this has translated into expectations that form teachers pick up parts of the careers advice role but without adequate specialist support. The recommendations build on existing policy, listed in section 8, and urge action by the Ministry of Education, by schools, and through the 2018 collective agreement round.
September 6, 2017
Charities, Philanthropists, Policy Entrepreneurs, International Companies and State Schooling in Aotearoa New Zealand
This report examines the development and delivery of state schooling policy in Aotearoa New Zealand at present. The main purpose of the report is to prepare a preliminary sketch map and understanding of what is occurring within a rapidly changing policy landscape. The analysis in this report documents how an increased presence of private sector actors is reshaping the ways in which state schooling policy is developed and enacted in classrooms, staffrooms, schools and local communities.
November 1, 2017
Charities, philanthropists, policy entrepreneurs, international companies and state schooling in Aotearoa
(August 2017) John O’Neill with Connor Duffy and Sarojinie Fernando Massey University
This report has provided a preliminary sketch map to identify some of the emergent strategies, tactics, dispositions and behaviours of the range of private sector policy entrepreneurs and advocates who are active in New Zealand state schooling today. It raises important questions about the potential benefits and harms of increased private sector participation.
October 31, 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.
June 7, 2017
Charter schools (2013)
2013 Annual conference paper. Charter schools, as enabled by Act Party and National Party amendments to the Education Act, 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.
July 12, 2017
Charter schools poster: Unwelcome imports
(2014) Possums, gorse, white-tailed spiders, charter schools
June 7, 2017
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.
July 12, 2017
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.
July 26, 2017
Class size poster: How dense do you want them (2008)
Poster from Class Size campaign 2008
June 7, 2017
Class size presentation (2007)
2007 Annual conference. Presentation with Class size report. Why class size matters.
January 19, 2017
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.
January 19, 2017
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.
January 24, 2017
Classroom temperature health and safety advice (2011)
PPTA Te Wehengarua guidance on minimum and maximum classroom temperatures for the health and safety of teachers and students
December 1, 2016
The Collective News contains updates for PPTA members. It is usually published fortnightly. Each branch secretary is emailed a copy.
May 11, 2017
Collective News 19 October 2017
(25 October 2017) Immediate 5% pay catch up called for, presidential election results, PPTA vacancies and more
October 25, 2017
Collective News 21 August 2017
(21 August 2017) Voluntary bonding scheme payments; PPTA annual conference; Leaving teaching survey; Communities of learning survey; Updated publications ....
September 14, 2017
Collective News 26 September 2017
(27 September 2017) Provisional staffing notices; PPTA annual conference; Email changes, and more
September 27, 2017