Publication Library

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

2014 NZPPTA Annual Report 2014-2015 Annual report and consolidated financial statements of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association.
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December 2, 2016 02/12/16
2015 NZPPTA Annual Report 2015-2016 Annual report and consolidated financial statements of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association.
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December 2, 2016 02/12/16
80, 15, 5 percent: What we know; what they need… (2009) 2009 Annual conference paper. The challenge is to try and get the best value we can for professional support for teachers and funding for schools to work proactively with the bulk of our students, while lobbying and monitoring the government to commit badly-needed funding and resources to the development of specialist services for children and young people with conduct problems. Despite an extremely positive and proven cost-benefi t ratio for early intervention into conduct problems, our system continues to be fragmented, under-staffed, under-qualifi ed and under-funded.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
A hierarchy of inequality – The decile divide (2013) 2013 Annual conference paper from the Waikato region. There are concerns about use of the decile system for other purposes. Set up as a mechanism to provide targeted funding for students facing significant barriers to learning, the rating has become mixed up with academic performance of schools in league tables and a marketing tool for schools. Parents are often going to considerable lengths to ensure their children access high decile schools, often at considerable sacrifice, in the belief that this is synonymous with ‘good’ schools.
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April 19, 2017 19/04/17
A level playing field? The importance of local funding in financing secondary schools (2012) 2012 Annual conference paper from the Waikato Region. In 2003 a PPTA annual conference paper examined how government underfunding affected secondary schools’ capacity to deliver on their core functions, restricting their ability to create an optimal learning environment. The main thrust of the paper was that there was a need to match government funding to the true costs of education in order to deliver a high quality public education. The paper clearly pointed out the inadequacy of the Operations Grant in a changing environment of rising costs and the unhelpful pressure on schools to supplement government funding with other revenue and income sources.
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April 19, 2017 19/04/17
A needs-based model of resourcing — time for a national discussion? (2014) 2014 Annual conference paper. This paper explores what “needs-based” could mean in terms of the totality of school resourcing and recommends PPTA seek to work with other organisations to initiate discussions on how the state and integrated schools system could be resourced within a needs-based framework.
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April 19, 2017 19/04/17
Accelerated change in the senior secondary school (2011) 2011 Annual conference paper. At PPTA's 2010 annual conference, members called for a range of workload control measures to alleviate some of the demands of implementing the realigned achievement standards across three levels.
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January 24, 2017 24/01/17
An advanced qualifications pathway for secondary teachers (2007) 2007 Annual conference paper. It is one thing for governments to sing the praises of a highly qualified, highly skilled secondary teaching profession; it is another thing entirely to get them to pay for it. The professional learning landscape for teachers is littered with the debris of populist ideas, poorly implemented and done on the cheap. If the government is serious about its professed commitment to effective teaching, it will need to do more than talk about it.
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June 21, 2017 21/06/17
Annual Conference papers Papers presented to Annual Conference for debate and policy development. These papers have been developed by PPTA Executive and/or PPTA regions.
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March 10, 2017 10/03/17
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
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
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.
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July 12, 2017 12/07/17
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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July 12, 2017 12/07/17
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
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
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
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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April 11, 2017 11/04/17
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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April 11, 2017 11/04/17
Equipping schools to fight poverty: a community hub approach (2013) 2013 Annual conference paper. Schools are important resources for their communities, but they can become even more so. When a school is a community hub it means that through partnerships it builds the wellbeing and social capital of students, their whānau and the community as a planned and systematic part of its role. Schools cannot become a community hub on their own; this relies on long-term commitment from the wider community and the state, which is why this paper calls on the government to commit to supporting the schools as hubs model.
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April 5, 2017 05/04/17
Establishment of a PPTA Men’s Network (2016) 2016 Annual conference paper. This paper is in response to a recommendation from the 2015 PPTA annual conference that PPTA investigate the establishment of a men’s network. The paper notes that PPTA practice has always been to support the expansion of union activism by encouraging the growth of new union groupings.
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February 10, 2017 10/02/17
From islands to archipelagos: developing secondary school leadership (2010) 2010 Annual conference paper. Leadership matters. Education policy-makers and researchers agree that educational leadership can make a positive difference to teaching practices, school cultures, and learning outcomes for students. There is also increasing agreement that the type of leadership needed for successful student outcomes requires more than any one school teacher or principal can deliver. Hence, there is an increasing focus on the need for ‘distributed leadership’ in schools. But what does this really mean in relation to current policy and practice?
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January 23, 2017 23/01/17
From the top corridor to the back field: supporting senior leaders to lead effective change (2016) 2016 Annual conference paper. Senior leaders in secondary schools make a big difference to how well schools function, in particular when it comes to implementing change. They have a significant impact on student learning as well as the work of other teachers. Currently there is little in the way of specific professional learning, support or career development for senior leaders. This paper, from PPTA’s Senior Positions Advisory Committee makes recommendations to improve senior leadership in secondary schools, including proposals for collective agreement claims to ensure that these positions remain attractive to potential applicants.
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April 11, 2017 11/04/17