PPTA President

Image Angela Roberts PPTA president 2013-2014

News and views from PPTA president Angela Roberts.

Includes the PPTA News viewpoint and his responses to various education issues raised in the media.

(Angela began her presidency mid January 2013)



The collaboration challenge

PPTA president Angela Roberts discusses Investing in Educational Success (IES) and the challenge in the work to develop this government announced initiative.

The collaboration challenge 

The approval by Cabinet of the Working Party report on Investing in Educational Success (IES) means the initiative has passed a critical test.

Like everyone else, I was confused, bemused and intrigued by the prime minister’s announcement in January that $359 million of new money was to go into supporting collaboration, teacher inquiry and career pathways as a way of improving achievement.

PPTA  members will determine the outcome 

PPTA executive determined that PPTA should withhold judgment and work together, in good faith, with the School Trustees Association and NZEI and the Ministry of Education on the IES secretariat to see what was possible. We had our bottom lines and were reassured by the knowledge that the decision about whether the outcomes were acceptable wouldn’t be made by PPTA’s executive or the ministry and certainly not by the government ― but by PPTA members through the ratification process.

Our bottom lines were unequivocal. We immediately sought assurance that none of the funding for IES was at a cost to our collective agreement negotiations next year and received that reassurance.