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PPTA standing firm against charter schools

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

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

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

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


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

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.

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