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PPTA members to vote on settlement

29 September 2015   

On September 22 PPTA's bargaining team reached a settlement with the Ministry of Education during negotiations for the Secondary Teachers Collective Agreement.

The settlement has several improvements on the ministry offer PPTA members rejected earlier this year and will be taken for members to vote on whether or not to accept it.


Professional issues, politics and policy – PPTA annual conference

“The similarity of the concerns over sixty years speaks to the persistence and longevity of our struggle. There has never been a time when PPTA members have not been engaged in activities that are designed to make the system better and fairer for kids.” (Angela Roberts PPTA President)


9 September 2015   

Angela Roberts 2015 conferenceSecondary teachers from throughout the country have descended on Wellington to talk professional issues, politics and policy.

For the next three days they will be based at the Brentwood Hotel in Kilbirnie, taking part in PPTA’s 63rd annual conference.

Delegates will be discussing the future of NCEA, crisis in school middle leadership, workload issues, the threat of charter schools and changes in initial teacher education among other pressing issues.

They will debate and vote on papers that will shape PPTA policy. Decisions will be made by secondary teachers for secondary teachers.


NCEA threatened by government meddling

25 August 2015

The government’s target of 85% of students achieving NCEA level 2 risks undermining the qualification and encourages ‘credit farming’ in schools, warns PPTA.

NCEA was a qualification teachers had committed to making work because they knew it was a better system for students than the previous one, PPTA president Angela Roberts said.

“But the way that it’s being misused now, thanks to government pressure, risks damaging it beyond repair.”

A paper for PPTA’s annual conference released today The NCEA: can it be saved? Sets out an array of problems with the qualification caused by political meddling and a lack of willingness to address long-standing, fundamental issues.


Charter school policy made up on the fly

14 August 2015    

Today’s announcement of changes to charter school funding and an application round for new schools to open in 2017 shows the government is scrabbling to save a failing policy.

“The exorbitant amounts that some of the charter school operators are banking as surpluses or paying themselves as ‘management fees’ obviously has the Minister alarmed,” said Angela Roberts, PPTA President.

This year one of the charter school operators is being funded at $50,000 for each student they have at the school, and they already own the land they are based on, so their property costs are minimal.

“A few years ago David Seymour said we have the best charter school policy in the world. We’ve seen one school miss all its performance targets and instead of being closed, given more money, and others stashing away their funding hand over fist.”


Unions, ministry collaborate for PB4L Conference

12 August 2015  

An international behaviour specialist who has provided advice to president Obama is just one of the drawcards at the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School Wide conference this week.

Dr George Sugai will give a key note speech about classroom behaviour management and behaviour support as one of the conference’s international speakers.

He will be joined by Dr Lucille Eber from Illinois who will speak about how schools can support students by partnering with mental health providers and Northland principal Mina Pomare-Peita who will talk about how positive behaviour works for Maori students.

Kiwi classrooms and corridors, the story continues is the theme of the conference, which will be led by PPTA this year. It is a collective bid by groups such as PPTA, NZEI, NZAIMS, NZPF, the Ministry of Education and the School Trustees Association to create a supportive environment in schools that discourages negative behaviour.


Primary job shortages not mirrored in secondary

29 July 2015 

A survey from March 2015 shows that secondary schools are finding it difficult to recruit teachers for many positions.

“The experience in secondary schools is very different from that in primary with regards to recruitment of teachers”, PPTA President Angela Roberts said.

“While many teachers in the primary sector are finding it difficult to get secure jobs, in secondary schools the number of job ads has been climbing in recent years, and it is increasingly hard to recruit teachers in the sciences, maths, technology and Te Reo Māori,” she said.

A 2014 Ministry of Education report on teacher supply noted 47% of secondary teaching jobs were re-advertised, while the figure in primary is 22%. This was an increase from 2013.

The PPTA survey also showed the proportion of teachers leaving to non-teaching jobs has been increasing in recent years.

“As teachers’ salaries have been growing at a rate slower than inflation and significantly slower than many other professions, it’s understandable that other career options look more attractive,” Roberts said.