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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 25 October 2016

Media items selected by the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) as an update on secondary education and union issues in the news, with the main focus on New Zealand.

'Ridiculous' Auckland house prices forcing out young in-demand teachers
New Zealand Herald
The situation has become so bad Post-Primary Teachers Association Auckland western ward executive member Melanie Webber said a colleague told her: "I wish I'd studied harder at school and become a house."

Schools to axe core subjects as shortage of specialist teachers reaches 'crisis point'
Sunday Star Times
Secondary schools across the country could be forced to drop subjects as a teacher shortage reaches a "crisis point". A lack of applicants for teaching positions in core subjects such as mathematics, science and technology is forcing schools to encourage older teachers out of retirement to teach, or use untrained teachers teaching students.

Frustrated mum assaults daughter's alleged bully
No parents want their child to suffer even a moment of bullying, Post Primary Teachers' Association president Angela Roberts said. "It's really unfortunate when things get to this  stage," she said. "As a parent, I know … you want it to stop immediately. Unfortunately, if it's  serious bullying, it can take a while to really, sincerely stop it without driving it underground."

Does your home earn more than you do?
New Zealand Herald
PPTA Auckland western ward executive member Melanie Webber said Auckland was increasingly losing its best and brightest teachers to other regions because of housing affordability.

Porirua and Tawa schools face potential budget cuts next year
Tawa College principal Murray Lucas says the possible loss of more than $20,000 in his budget  next year will "have to be made up somewhere". Figures released by Labour education spokesman  Chris Hipkins show many New Zealand schools face budget cuts under the Government's new
operations grant funding model. With inflation adjusted, Tawa College potentially stands to lose $20,216 in its budget for 2017.

Parents struggling to afford education
New Zealand Herald
Parents are increasingly feeling financially pressured when it comes to their children's education, a new survey has revealed. Bay principals have noticed this growing trend of education unaffordability and were as frustrated as parents.

Marlborough colleges to tell architects what they want
Marlborough Express
Big changes are ahead for Marlborough's colleges - and the schools are already getting on top of what they want to see in the new $63 million co-location development. Senior staff members at both schools have been tasked with informing architects of what kind of schools they would like.

Education Bill passes third reading
The passing of the Education Legislation Bill will provide better flexibility for parents, students, school boards and early childhood education providers, says Education Minister Hekia Parata. Passing its third and final reading in Parliament on Thursday, the Bill amends several
Acts, including the Education Act 1989, which will provide “further flexibility for school communities”.

More schools on NZQA watchlist for NCEA problems
Radio New Zealand
The number of schools on the Qualifications Authority's watchlist for problems with NCEA assessments has trebled in two years.

Traditional crafts translate to NCEA classes with success
Sunday Star Times
"We do things with aroha", Manawatu College teacher Glenn Mitchell explains. Each whakairo, or carving class, starts and closes with a karakia and hongis, and is embedded with tikanga, purakau (traditional stories), and te reo.

Special education demand up, satisfaction down - report
Radio New Zealand
There were about 2000 more requests for help for children with special needs last year, but satisfaction with the service fell, the Ministry of Education annual report shows.

Teen suicides: something must change say devastated parents
Rotorua Daily Post
Brendan Russell put on his suit bought specially for the Tauranga Boys' College ball. He looked handsome, athletic, tall - his trademark blonde curls cut when he had been recently appointed prefect. All the girls loved his hair -it was a great drawcard.

Mountainview High School to embrace 100 minute teaching periods next year
Timaru Herald
A South Canterbury high school will embrace a new teaching method and longer lessons after receiving positive feedback from schools already using the different system. Mountainview High School plans to move to three 100 minute teaching periods per day as well as a new module-based
curriculum system next year.

Call for departing minister to listen to educators – NZEI
School News
Education minister Hekia Parata, who has announced that she is leaving politics, is being implored to make her parting move to ditch radical bulk funding proposals.

CYF age of care increase good move
Northern Advocate
A young Northlander who grew up in the care of Child Youth and Family says if no other young person is expected to fend for himself at the age of 17, it shouldn't be any different for those in state care.