Professional Learning

Study awards and sabbaticals for 2015

Link to TeachNZ website Study leave, study grants, study awards and sabbaticals


Curriculum Support materials

Link to PPTA webpage Curriculum support day resources

Study awards, sabbaticals and study support grants

Applications for 2015 study awards and sabbaticals for secondary and area principals closed Monday 9 June.  

Link to external website 2015 Study Awards, Sabbaticals and Study Support Grants

Application information for the 2015 study awards and sabbaticals is available on the Teach NZ website.

Access to these awards and any associated leave is available to secondary teachers (and principals) via their collective agreements.


Group learning by teachers for teachers

Teacher inquiry took on a new flavour in several schools in Auckland and Nelson in 2013 thanks to the PPTA supported “teacher learning groups” initiative.

Groups of teachers across schools were given some funding and support to work together on an inquiry project over a two year period. The goal was to develop professional knowledge and collaboration, and connect teachers with the association in new ways.

In December the groups’ facilitators met to discuss the year and talk about what comes next. One of the themes of the discussion was how the groups provided freedom to explore in their teaching practice.

Sarah Johns from Nelson College for Girls and Gaye Bloomfield from Nayland College discussed the group they established to look at student engagement through e-learning.

“This isn’t about flipping the classroom,” (watching material online at home and applying lessons learned back at school) said Gaye, “It’s about blended learning”  (blending digital with paper learning).

Teachers made a commitment to add an e-learning element to a unit of work and return to the group to reflect on it. They met at least once a term to share their experiences and suggest new strategies.

“This learning group is unparalleled in the structure of the school,” Sarah said.

“This package doesn’t exist anywhere else in my professional life.”

As a result of the group’s work and the changes in practice the teachers are making, other teachers around them are showing an interest in their work.

Ormiston Senior College teacher Lex Davis, is working with a group of teachers from around Auckland on making the best use of the open-plan modern-learning environments (MLEs) that many schools are building.