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Recent PPTA press/media releases.
Minister must consult about charter schools to avoid fresh disasters
- Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 03:11
22 November 2013
The minister of education should focus on cleaning up the mess she’s made by threatening to open two charter schools in Northland before embarking on another round of applications, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.
“We know communities and the whanau of students in Northland are not happy the minister overlooked consulting them about the impact charter schools will have on kura kaupapa and the rest of the public school system in the region,” she said.
“While there is no disagreement between communities, whanau, teachers and the minister over the need to address the problem of low student achievement in Northland, there is considerable disagreement about the solution.”
Govt can stop students going to exams hungry
- Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 19:43
11 November 2013
This week there will be students going in to their NCEA exams hungry, something the government has the opportunity to fix.
On Wednesday the Feed the Kids Bill will have its first reading, and PPTA urges all parties to support it to go to Select Committee.
PPTA president Angela Roberts said the association wanted each young person to achieve their potential, but poor nutrition undermines this.
Students from the government’s “priority groups”, Maori, Pasifika and low-socio-economic status are the ones who are most likely to come to school without having had breakfast, she said.
PPTA standing firm against charter schools
- Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 20:00
3 October, 2013
PPTA is standing firm to face down the "ultimate asset sale".
Members voted to support a paper presented at today's PPTA annual conference that will give them the strength to see off the charter school threat.
The paper demands the $19 million set aside for charter schools be returned to the state school sector to fund programmes that raise achievement for at-risk students, and states that PPTA will continue to fight for the abolition of the charter school legislation.
Professional development pounded out of existence
- Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 20:19
2 October, 2013
The most effective system intervention to raise student achievement has been privatised, restructured and pounded out of existence, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.
PPTA's 'Professional learning and development (PLD)' paper, which will be discussed this afternoon at the association's annual conference, examines the results of two separate PPTA surveys.
It shows both teachers and school leaders agree current PLD provision is inadequate, piecemeal and incoherent and raises serious questions as to whether the $200 million a year the government is pouring into it is well spent.
Fighting poverty through schools as community hubs
- Last Updated on Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:16
2 October, 2013
Equipping schools to fight poverty by making them the centre of their communities is a very real way of addressing the achievement gap between rich and poor students, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.
Around the world teachers and policy makers are grappling with the problem of raising student achievement when socio-economic status has such a powerful impact on learning.
At PPTA's annual conference today PPTA members will examine a possible answer when the paper 'Equipping schools to fight poverty: a community hub approach' is presented.
Roberts said a community hub school does what many New Zealand schools do already, but more so, and in a sustainable, coordinated and resourced way.
Teachers council overhaul a major assault on the profession
- Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 20:23
1 October, 2013
An overhaul of the New Zealand Teachers Council at the whim of the education minister could see a major assault on the teaching profession, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.
"Just as the Teachers Council was starting to get on top of its role and develop links with the wider profession, and just after it came out so strongly against the proposal to increase class sizes and cut teacher staffing, it is forced to undergo a major overhaul at the minister's whim," she said.
PPTA members are discussing the fate of the council, with the paper 'Teacher ownership or government takeover?' being presented at the association's annual conference.
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- Budget strips millions from schools to pay for pet projects
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- Select committee ignores submissions on charter schools
- Package meets costs but teachers still seek compensation
- Survey highlights real impact of Novopay
- Charter school scam defies democracy
- PPTA launches group legal action over Novopay
- Thanks minister Joyce but sympathy doesn't pay the mortgage
- Resounding no to charter schools from New Zealand and New Orleans
- Letters to Hekia Parata and Steven Joyce regarding Novopay
- Enough talk - Novopay rescue package needed now
- Public response to charter school threat overwhelming
- Charter schools: "Teaching? There's nothing to it," he says.
- Oppose the National Act charter school deal