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New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) update on secondary education and union issues in the news, with the main focus on New Zealand.

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SecondaryEd news 8 December 2016

PPTA Te Wehengarua update on secondary education and union issues in the news, with the main focus on New Zealand.

Yet another ‘fail’ for charter schools
Teachers in public schools are not surprised to hear that the success rates being touted by charter schools are not true at all.

Charter school NCEA reporting to be brought into line
Radio New Zealand
Education officials are to change the way charter schools report their NCEA results to bring their methodology in line with state schools. Charter schools use a different method of calculating their NCEA pass rates to state schools - one which inflates their success.

A year in review: New Zealand Educational Institute
Education HQ
NZEI and PPTA united like never before as tens of thousands of members - teachers, principals and support staff in early childhood education services, and primary and secondary schools attended more than 50 meetings around the country to discuss the threat of bulk funding and the ongoing issue of underfunding in the sector.

Bid to ban sugary drinks from schools hits hurdles
The Press
A programme offering schools support to ban sugary drinks has had little uptake despite a Ministry of Education call for schools to make the change.

Top-of-the-class results for Nelson College in ERO report
Nelson Mail
The ERO found the school to be performing well across all areas, including in NCEA pass rates and school culture.

Contract for YMCA alt-education programme pulled after 23 years
The Press
Cashmere High School principal Mark Wilson was shocked by Ogden Schroeder's allegations and said the change of contract had been well communicated.

Coax out coding champions in your classroom
Education HQ
Visual enough to be accessible to junior school coders but with enough complexity to pull in secondary students.

Beeby Fellowship to create mental health education resource
The Beeby Fellowship for 2016-2017 has been won by a university researcher and a secondary school teacher, who will collaborate on a mental health education teaching resource for students in Years 7-13.

Door wedged shut with a plank of wood: More seclusion room complaints released
Information released by the Ministry of Education shows that, between 2013 and 2016, six complaints about the possible use of seclusion rooms were received by the ministry. Last month Minister of Education Hekia Parata announced seclusion rooms would be made illegal, and schools were asked to stop using them.

A chance to hang out with scientists
Cawthron Institute
During 2016, 38 primary, intermediate and secondary teachers from throughout New Zealand began phase one of the Science Teaching Leadership Programme, which includes a placement at a research institution, leadership course and curriculum development on the Nature of Science.

Academics Worldwide call for the end to PISA tests
Save our Schools NZ
Now in its 13th year, Pisa is known around the world as an instrument to rank OECD and non-OECD countries (60-plus at last count) according to a measure of academic achievement of 15-year-old students in mathematics, science, and reading.