The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) believe student learning will be badly affected by a freeze on teacher staffing.
There is an expected increase in the number of students entering secondary schooling, the change to staffing ratios and a freeze on teacher staffing will increase class sizes in schools.
A freeze on teacher positions will affect students:
1. There will be less time for one-to-one work between teachers and individual students.
2. There will be less time for teachers to provide individualised feedback to students.
3. There will be less time for guidance and pastoral care for each student.
4. Lesson quality may decline as there will be less time for teachers to prepare.
5. There will be fewer subject options for students.
6. There will be fewer extracurricular activities available to students.
7. Managing the health and safety of students will be a greater issue for the school.
8. The quality of our students learning opportunities will be affected - and positive student achievement outcomes will be put at risk.
9. There will be increased cost pressures on schools’ operational funding - parents and students are likely to face increased costs.
10. Over time the quality of teaching that our children receive may suffer as there will be less time for teacher professional development.
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