|Angela Roberts (President)|
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Angela Roberts - PPTA President
I live in central Taranaki with my partner (also a teacher) and our two children and teach at Stratford High School (teacher of drama and economics, BOT representative, Arts Curriculum Leader). I passionately believe in quality public education, our profession, and our association’s ability to effect positive change.
I have represented Taranaki on executive over the last decade. It has been incredibly rewarding to serve the members of this region and ensure that their voice is heard in the Executive decision making processes that seek to find the balance of interests for Association members nationally.
The role of Executive member involves seeking to empower both the region and the wider membership.
The power of branch activism…
Having worked on the development and rollout of the resources and training to regions and branches to deal with issues such as the enforcement of STCA conditions (timetabling policy) and the effective delivery of professional development (the PLD Toolkit) I know that once branches have the knowledge about their entitlements (or what great PLD looks like) as well as potential ways to resolve the issues, then more members are able to enjoy the conditions and professional learning opportunities that they are entitled to.
The power of industrial action…
Fronting PUMs, having to take our issues to the politicians and the public, and marching with my colleagues during ongoing and difficult industrial action reinforces my belief in the ability of our membership to remain staunch and make gains on conditions and remuneration.
The power of strategy and perseverance….
I have been involved in the class size campaign since 2002, including presenting the class size papers to conference and representing the association in professional forums such as the Curriculum Staffing workstream and the current Secondary Schools Staffing Group. The gain we made with the inclusion of the average class size clause in the agreement as an important milestone, but to see resolution to this issue we have to continue to plan strategically and persevere with any opportunity we get to make progress.
The power of knowledge…
I have convened both the NETs (the network for new teachers, formerly known as YANTs) and the Women’s Network. One of my priorities has been to try and grow the understanding of how our PPTA processes work to enable a better voice for members of these networks about issues like part-timer non-contacts and induction and mentoring.
The power of the union …
PPTA makes positive contributions to ensuring that we have a world class public education system. We have challenges ahead of us such as NCEA workload, student behaviour, safe workplaces, and improved professional learning and career opportunities, but together we can effect significant change.