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)



ERO’s quick-fix heroes

PPTA president Angela Roberts comments on ERO's latest announcement.

Quick-fix heroes

The Education Review Office (ERO) has announced it has developed new measures of educational success for evaluating schools. They focus on stewardship, leadership, educationally powerful connections and relationships, responsive curriculum, effective teaching and opportunity to learn, professional capability, collective capacity and evaluation, inquiry and knowledge building for improvement and innovation.

Education success and quick fixes

The minister of education is effusive. These measures will “improve outcomes for all students by assisting schools and ERO to identify the factors that make a difference in classrooms” and will “shine the spotlight on what matters most in achieving excellence and equity for all students”.

There are critical factors beyond the control of individual teachers

So the minister and ERO will continue to focus only on whipping the individuals in the system into shape and continue to ignore the need to properly resource and support them. The critical factors that are beyond the control of the individual school or teacher don’t exist.

Class size

Spending more in the right places raises achievement. Recent work from the US looking at schools which have been identified as successful in turning around student achievement indicates that successful schools are characterised strongly by spending on reducing class sizes.