2014 NZPPTA Annual Report
2014-2015 Annual report and consolidated financial statements of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association.
December 2, 2016
2015 NZPPTA Annual Report
2015-2016 Annual report and consolidated financial statements of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association.
July 24, 2017
2016 NZPPTA Annual Report
2016-2017 Annual report and consolidated financial statements of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association Te Wehengarua.
September 18, 2017
2017 Annual conference programme
(as at 20 Sept 2017) The Annual conference timetable is correct at the time of publishing but is subject to change. Please check for updates.
September 20, 2017
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.
January 19, 2017
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.
April 19, 2017
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.
January 17, 2018
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.
April 19, 2017
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.
January 24, 2017
Affirming diversity: inclusion for sexuality and gender minorities (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. This paper updates members about the continued work of the Rainbow Taskforce. It includes a summary of the work of the group since it was formed in 1993 and makes suggestions for the next steps in our work to make schools more inclusive of minority genders and sexualities. Safe inclusive schools are important for the wellbeing of both teachers and students and the recommendations would have a significant impact on both. This paper discusses areas of concern and highlights the need for proactive leadership and best practice models that ensure schools are meeting the needs of their students and providing safe workplaces for staff.
September 12, 2017
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.
June 21, 2017
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.
September 11, 2017
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
Better leading for better learning: Report of the middle leadership taskforce. (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. This report is the final in a series of reports and papers by PPTA’s Middle Leadership Taskforce. It summarises the issues for middle leadership, and the work of the Taskforce to seek to address this. It also contains a section about the Workload Working Group 2016, and the ways in which that group’s recommendations are relevant to the issues for middle leadership.
August 18, 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
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
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: 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
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
Communities of learning: the slippage between planning and implementation (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. This paper considers the expectations underlying the implementation of Communities of Learning and the experience of implementation in practice. It finds a gap between the two which is undermining the development of Communities of Learning, identifies the reasons and calls for changes at government, ministry and school leadership level in order to return to the original intents of the initiative.
September 12, 2017
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.
January 19, 2017
Day relief teachers - Victims of casualisation (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. This paper outlines the issues faced by day relief teachers, including their terms of employment, their difficulties in gaining a school’s agreement to act as lead school for the purpose of attestation and certification, and their inclusion and participation as PPTA members in the branch/es they relieve in. It proposes a number of ways that branches can support these members.
August 18, 2017
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.
April 10, 2017
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.
January 19, 2017
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.
April 11, 2017