Publication Library

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

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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June 7, 2017 07/06/17
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
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
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December 1, 2016 01/12/16
Collective News The Collective News contains updates for PPTA members. It is usually published fortnightly. Each branch secretary is emailed a copy.
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May 11, 2017 11/05/17
Collective News 31 May 2017 (31 May 2017) Affirming diverse sexualities and genders in schools; Service/qualification increment: a reminder; Area school ballot; Help for provisionally certificated relievers; Komiti Pasifika mini fono in Ōtautahi Christchurch - invitation; Hospital cover for pre-existing conditions; Equal pay case.
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June 1, 2017 01/06/17
Collective News April 2017 (5 April 2017) Message from PPTA President Jack Boyle; Communities of Learning survey; Senior Positions Advisory Committee nomination; Pink Shirt Day; Bullying-free NZ; NETs conference.
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April 10, 2017 10/04/17
Collective News March 2017 (10 March 2017) Draft Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards - have your say!; Interim practising certificate; When school isn't a safe space...; NETs conference Looking Forward Looking Back
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April 10, 2017 10/04/17
Collective News May 2017 (5 May 2017) PPTA survey of Communities of Learning members; PPTA Rainbow Taskforce vacancies; Senior Positions Advisory Committee by-election; Education Outside The Classroom (EOTC) coordinators.
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May 17, 2017 17/05/17
Collective news July 2017 (3 July 2017) Equal pay case for pro-rata non-contact time for part time secondary teachers.
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July 6, 2017 06/07/17
Communities of learning (CoLs) Communities of Schools are also known as Communities of Learning. A Community of Schools or Learning is a group of schools approved to receive resourcing under the Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative announced in 2014.
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April 11, 2017 11/04/17
Connected secondary schools (2009) 2009 Annual conference paper. In 2007, PPTA annual conference discussed a paper that presented a vision for what secondary education should look like in the future. The paper set down a number of principles that would be essential for an effective 21st century education system. The list included the statement that schools of the future will need to be “connected institutions” in “cooperative relationships with regional and national networks of schools… and tertiary institutions/workplaces”. It added: “the capacity of teachers to work effectively across a number of institutions, either virtually or actually will be strengthened”.1 This paper considers what needs to change to make this hope a reality.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
Consultation on the draft Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill. Submission May 2017 While there are good parts in the Bill, including negotiating with the State Services Commission rather than the Ministry of Education, we have also raised concerns with:
• Areas of the Bill where the recommendations of the JWG have not been accepted;
• Issues with losing the precedent value of the Bartlett case and the 1972 Act;
• The proposal to take away the right to claim back-pay in pay equity cases;
• The restriction of “comparator groups” to the same industry in the first instance rather than the recommended “most appropriate comparator”;
• The lack of detail and uncertainty by not having the wording of the transitional provisions drafted in the Bill and the potential for them to apply retrospectively.
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May 16, 2017 16/05/17
Consultation: PPTA guidelines for whole staff consultation PPTA Te Wehengarua guidance for whole staff consultation
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November 13, 2016 13/11/16
Criteria for Quality Teaching, ASTCA 2016 2019 Professional standards for teachers in area schools; teacher appraisal.
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April 10, 2017 10/04/17
Demolition or restoration — The election and our fight for the Teachers Council (2014) 2014 Annual conference paper. This paper examines further courses of action PPTA could take to influence the shape of the Education Amendment Bill (no. 2) that aims to
replace the Teachers Council with a government appointed body. The paper seeks to build on the influence PPTA members have already had on
the bill at the select committee stage and explores the implications of various General Election results.
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April 10, 2017 10/04/17
Developing a Community of Learning / Schools (CoL): Consultation with teachers Developing a Community of Schools (CoS): Consultation with teachers.
If you've been told your school is going to into a community of schools (COS) [as part of the IES initiative] then be aware that you have a right to be consulted.
PPTA has developed advice for branch officers about being part of the COS consultative process.
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May 16, 2017 16/05/17
Developing a performance agreement and professional learning plan (PLP) checklist (June 2011) Developing a performance agreement and professional learning plan (PLP) checklist and questions.
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January 26, 2017 26/01/17
Developing further policy components: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 5 of toolkit. Schools have developed different frameworks to deliver student learning programmes. Most, because of limited school resourcing and facilities, and community needs and expectations, are variations on a traditional timetable, but schools are also experimenting with new forms of programme delivery however in innovative timetables.
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November 28, 2016 28/11/16
Digital citizenship - resource ideas for teachers The purpose of this webpage to provide digital citizenship resources for teachers to use in their own class or as part of a school wide digital citizenship programme. These resources were curated by members of the PPTA ICT Advisory Committee - please contact us if you have other useful links that we should add.
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February 15, 2017 15/02/17
Digital communications guide (February 2014) The PPTA ICT advisory committee worked with the Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) to update the PPTA online safety guides for teachers. Includes advice regarding email use including phone/email contact with parents and students.
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April 6, 2017 06/04/17