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)
2016: preparing for working parties and pantomimes
- Last Updated on Monday, 18 January 2016 03:28
PPTA president Angela Roberts surveys 2016.
Farewelling the achievements of 2015 with some satisfaction
Somehow we have made it to the end of another year and the summer break beckons.
While 2015 was not without its challenges, I think we can look on our achievements with some satisfaction, particularly considering they were won in a political climate that is not conducive to public education, unions or teacher professionalism.
Unfinished and ongoing work into 2016
2016 promises to be equally challenging. We have unfinished business from the collective agreement, the IES implementation will need monitoring, the Education Council will be testing its powers, perhaps unhelpfully, and our campaign to isolate and contain the contagion that is charter schools, will need to continue.
Managing teacher workload a priority
Members have told us that the priority is workload and it will be. The Workload Working Party, which was an outcome of collective agreement settlement, will provide an opportunity to share the data and understandings we have gathered about members' workloads and the main causes of work overload and stress.
- Community solidarity bringing change for working people
- Life under the big top (teaching, circuses, and influence)
- Gratuitous whimsy (the purpose of EDUCANZ)
- A qualified report: secondary teaching shortages
- ERO’s quick-fix heroes
- Authorisation bought
- Doing more with less makes us all mad
- Jekyll & Hyde? Which government will arrive at the negotiating table this year?