Recent PPTA press/media releases.
Kiwis want smaller class sizes - survey
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2014 03:15
8 July 2014
More than eight in 10 New Zealanders - across the political spectrum - want to see secondary school classes at 25 or lower.
A UMR research poll commissioned by PPTA last month revealed more than half of Kiwi parents thought class sizes were too large, said general secretary Kevin Bunker.
750 people aged 18 and over took part in the nationwide survey. They were asked to identify what they thought should be the maximum number of students in a secondary school class to support learning and for their views on current class sizes.
83% of those surveyed believed the number should be 25 or fewer, including 45% who thought the maximum should be 20 or fewer.
86% of parents thought the maximum should be 25 or fewer, including 48% who went with 20 or fewer, and 90% of women with children believed the maximum should be 25 or less.
“Class size has always been a major issue for teachers and these results confirm it is a major issue for parents too,” Bunker said.
PPTA welcomes move to bring back free education
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:41
2 July 2014
A free quality public education is one of the key rights of growing up in New Zealand, but sadly for many families it is not always a reality.
This is why PPTA supports today’s announcement from Labour that it will provide an annual grant of $100 per student to schools that stop asking for “voluntary” donations to fund their day-to-day spending.
PPTA has long opposed the inequities in school funding with papers to its last two annual conferences on school charges and the decile divide, president Angela Roberts said.
“The principle of free quality education for all has been eroded in recent years. Finding a way to start clawing that back is a significant step forward,” she said.
Tick for Kids – it takes a child to raise a country
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 23:16
17 June 2014
Parties and candidates vying for our votes over the next three months will be reminded today that it takes a child to raise a country.
The Tick for Kids campaign launches in Auckland this afternoon with a crucial reminder for politicians to make sure children are central to their platforms.
PPTA President Angela Roberts welcomed the attention on the needs of the 285,000 children in poverty.
Our educational challenges will never be resolved until we address the problems far too many children and young people face in the world outside school,” she said.
“Recent research from the USA shows conclusively that spending more money on the education of children from poor backgrounds makes a significant difference to their achievement rates at school and their ongoing life chances.”
Smaller classes and better access to the services they need made a real difference to young people who were already disadvantaged when they arrived at school, she said.
“These are options that politicians here should be considering.”
Banks verdict gives government chance to walk away from charter schools
- Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 23:11
6 June 2014
The guilty verdict handed down against former Act leader John Banks means Hekia Parata can immediately put a stop to further rounds of charter schools.
PPTA President Angela Roberts said the schools were introduced by sleight of hand in the National-Act coalition deal as the price for Banks’ support.
“Now that Banks is history, the government doesn’t owe him a thing and should call a halt to this unwelcome experiment.”
The second round of applications is underway at the moment. Nineteen have already been received, including from fringe religious organisations, existing private schools, and a US based charter school chain, Roberts said.
“If the government doesn’t stop this round in its tracks, it gives the public a clear indication this is a National Party policy as much as an Act one, and they will be held to account for that come election time,” she said.
“Surveys consistently show that parents want qualified, registered, teachers, and schools to be transparent in their operation and funding - which charters aren’t.”
IES: consultation, collaboration, good for schools
- Last Updated on Sunday, 08 June 2014 20:22
3 June 2014
The government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success (IES) program has been a positive example of sector collaboration, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.
Roberts welcomes today’s release of the working group report on the initiative which will see schools across the country collaborating rather than competing.
From PPTA’s point of view the consultation over IES was comprehensive, robust and genuine, Roberts said.
“We stepped up to the challenge and engaged as fully as it is possible to do.”
The sector had worked hard together to find pragmatic answers and there had been significant movement from the originally unacceptable cabinet paper, Roberts said.
“You know it’s collaboration when it’s hard work – and this was really hard work.”
“We feel cabinet has heard us,” she said.
That did not mean there would not be further work to be done or challenges in the future. Details of the new provisions would be a matter of collective bargaining, Roberts said.
Pink shirts and new guidelines – schools take a stand against bullying
- Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 23:09
21 May 2014
Schools will be turning pink this Friday to take a stand against bullying – and now they have a new set of guidelines to back them up.
The Pink Shirt Day bullying awareness campaign will brighten up schools and workplaces on Friday 23 May with the message “Speak Up, Stand Together, Stop Bullying.”
At the same time the Bullying Prevention Advisory Group (BPAG) is releasing a practical guide to support principals, teachers, staff and parents to address bullying in schools.
- Teaching profession steps up – says no to EDUCANZ
- Novopay - Time for Joyce to put his money where his mouth is
- Paid union meetings called over EDUCANZ attack on profession
- Collaborative strategy good news for schools
- Government ignores international advice and PISA rankings drop
- Minister must consult about charter schools to avoid fresh disasters
- Govt can stop students going to exams hungry
- PPTA standing firm against charter schools
- Professional development pounded out of existence
- Fighting poverty through schools as community hubs
- Teachers council overhaul a major assault on the profession
- PPTA annual conference - finding answers; fighting back
- We will fight charter schools every step of the way
- Minister 'blacks out' what's really happening with Novopay
- $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