Recent PPTA press/media releases.
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.
PPTA annual conference - finding answers; fighting back
- Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 20:24
1 October, 2013
PPTA members will be exploring solutions to threats "aimed squarely at the heart of public education" during the association's annual conference this week.
In a speech titled 'Joining the dots - repelling threats to public education and attacks on workers' rights' president Angela Roberts spoke of the attacks schools have already had to face.
"When we met 12 months ago the first Novopay payslips were starting to trickle through, schools were still hung-over from the class size debacle and the association was busy exposing charter schools lies," she said.
We will fight charter schools every step of the way
- Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 02:19
17 September 2013
PPTA plans to fight the establishment of the newly announced charter schools every step of the way, with a paper heading to annual conference exploring how they will do it.
PPTA junior vice president Hazel McIntosh said today marked the beginning of a terrible experiment on New Zealand's children that must be stopped in its tracks.
The association plans to fight for the abolition of the charter school legislation and the paper will explore a number of options including instructing members to refrain from all professional, sporting and cultural contact with the schools and their sponsors and advising them not to apply for positions in them.
It also demands that the $19 million set aside for charter schools be returned to the state sector to fund programmes which are demonstrated to raise achievement for at risk students.
"The evidence of just how destructive charter schools will be to our public education system is overwhelming. It beggars belief that we would introduce them here in the face of all the damage they have done to vulnerable students in communities overseas," McIntosh said.
Minister 'blacks out' what's really happening with Novopay
- Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 20:33
4 September 2013
Tomorrow marks a black day for teachers nationwide, with the pay period that begins a second year of Novopay woes.
Claims by minister responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce that most staff were now getting paid properly were "deeply disingenuous," PPTA president Angela Roberts said.
In an August media release Joyce states "the backlog of 12,000 pay instructions has been cleared" - something Roberts insists is not the case.
"I can assure you, that backlog of issues is most definitely not clear," she said.
- $200 million wasted on inadequate professional development
- Research reveals 1 in 5 failure claim inaccurate and simplistic
- Voters say no to unregistered teachers and private profiteering "“ PPTA survey
- Budget strips millions from schools to pay for pet projects
- Want to raise achievement? Extend paid parental leave
- 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
- More hypocrisy from John Banks
- Rennie should be disqualified from secretary appointment
- Longstone forced to progress toxic agenda