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

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
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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March 7, 2017 07/03/17
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: 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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November 11, 2016 11/11/16
Cutting edge or chaos: Modern learning environments (April 2016) Modern learning environments — innovative learning spaces or just barns with beanbags. The design of learning space is a hot topic so PPTA News asked two secondary teachers and PPTA activists Michael Tarry and Chris Abercrombie to share their views.

(In PPTA News vol 37 Number 2 April 2016)
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February 17, 2017 17/02/17
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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February 9, 2017 09/02/17
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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March 3, 2017 03/03/17
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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November 30, 2016 30/11/16
Disruptive anti-social behaviour in secondary schools (2008) A paper to the 2008 PPTA Annual Conference from the Hutt Valley Region
The Hutt Valley region presents this paper to National Conference 2008 to draw attention to the increasing incidence (see appendix) of disruptive, anti-social behaviour in New Zealand secondary schools and the need to address this trend through a changed staffing formula.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
Draft Principles for Partnerships between secondary schools and initial teacher education (2016) 2016 Annual conference paper. This paper responds to the call by annual conference 2015 for a working party to be convened to develop a code of practice for managing partnerships between schools and initial teacher education providers. The working party, consisting of PPTA members and initial teacher educators, is recommending a set of principles for partnerships rather than a code of practice. There are four principles, followed by detail about how they should be applied.
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February 10, 2017 10/02/17
Dress Codes and Teachers PPTA Te Wehengarua advice to teachers regarding dress codes and requests to 'dress appropriately' at school
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December 14, 2016 14/12/16
Duty (2008) 2008 Annual conference paper. The 2002, 2004 and 2007 settlements provided for compensatory mechanisms to reduce workload in some areas when, for genuine reasons, teachers were to be asked to forgo guaranteed timetabled non-teaching time. This provision also applies when teachers with more than one class exceed an average of 26 students per class. One of the options open for agreement as a compensatory mechanism is a reduction in duties outside timetabled class hours.
Schools are also required to develop a timetable policy, in consultation with their teaching staff. That policy must include references to duties outside timetabled hours.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
Duty outside timetabled hours (2009) 2009 Annual conference paper. Teachers feel a tension between their supervisory and administrative duties, on one hand, and on the other the broader professional drive to effectively engage with students to build effective relationships. This is exacerbated by the increasing complexity of the core teaching task itself, as teaching shifts towards a more student-centred focus and as the assessment system becomes more complex and time consuming.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
EDUCANZ: the current state of play (2015) 2015 Annual conference paper. This paper provides a report of PPTA's actions opposing the government's scrapping of the Teachers Council and replacing it with a non-representative and overtly political body, EDUCANZ.
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February 10, 2017 10/02/17
Educanz boycott guidance 2016 This document covers instructions for members about not accepting appointment or nomination to the council.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education (Update) Amendment Bill: Submission November 2016 Our submission focuses on the issues that we have with the proposal for communities of online learning (“COOLs”) and we recommend that this part be removed from the Bill and, instead, that a cross-sector working party be established to develop a policy framework for online learning in New Zealand.
We have also provided comment and recommendations on the following proposals:
(a) Changes to the objectives to:
(i) better incorporate the concept of “equity”; ...
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Amendment Bill (2012): Submission PPTA comments on three aspects of the Bill:
1 The surrender and retention of property
2 Charter schools
3 Multiple timetabling
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Amendment Bill No 2: EDUCANZ Submission May 2014 Outlines PPTA concerns particularly around the role and status of the NZ Teachers' Council
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Amendment Bill No 2: NZSPC Submission April 2014 Submission of the NZ Secondary Principals' Council on the Education Amendment Bill No.2
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Amendment Bill No.2 (EDUCANZ): Submission May 2014 PPTA have been arguing for some years now for the NZ Teachers Council to be changed into a statutory authority from its current status as an autonomous crown entity, we do not believe that the wholesale change that will be enabled by this Bill is in any way necessary or to the benefit of students or the communities that teachers serve.
There are functions listed in this Bill that we consider to be dangerous to the status of the teaching profession and to the credibility of the new body.
The Bill represents a shift to a very low-trust approach to the teaching profession.
PPTA is supportive of strengthening the discipline and competence functions of the Council.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Legislation Bill: Submission February 2016 This omnibus bill contains a number of measures that are largely technical and will have very minor impact on the sector, but there are a number of areas of the Bill which seem to be more substantive. PPTA is of the view that these should have been included in the Education Act (1989) update process which is running alongside this legislative change. The more substantive measures include allowing principals to be employed by more than one board of trustees and the changes to school opening hours.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16