Recent PPTA press/media releases.

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Implacable opposition to charter schools continues

30 September 2015

PPTA members stand against charter schools was reinforced this afternoon in an update on the association’s fight against the unwelcome experiment.

In his presentation of the charter schools paper PPTA executive member Austen Pageau described the decision made by the association in 2013 to stand in opposition to charter schools as ‘implacable’.

It was not a decision that was made lightly and followed much robust debate.
“It was a position we took to protect our profession and the public good which is public education,” he said.

Charter schools were an American import and American arguments were being used to justify their inclusion in the New Zealand system, Pageau said.

“We don’t have American public schools. I have been to American public schools, I’ve taught in New Zealand schools. They are apples and oranges.”

Charter schools claimed to be a solution to a “one size fits all public system” that didn’t actually exist, Pageau said.


Middle leadership in crisis

30 September 2015    

Heading a department, teaching in a classroom and caring for stressed students and teachers is just a small part of a day’s work for middle leaders in schools.

Middle managers play a vital role in curriculum delivery at secondary schools but the pressure is building with increasing workload demands (particularly around NCEA) compromising this.

Following a resolution at last year’s PPTA annual conference the association has formed a taskforce to tackle these issues – focusing on contribution to achievement, remuneration, responsibilities and job size.

The taskforce reported back to conference this year, in the lead up to a full paper that will be produced at the 2016 annual conference as part of a major examination of teacher workload.


Virulent teacher education market tough on schools

29 September 2015  

New models of initial teacher education (ITE) are putting increasing demands on schools.

In a bid to address this PPTA’s executive, in consultation with the association’s Otago region, has put together a paper for PPTA’s annual conference to discuss this afternoon.

The Initial teacher education in change: But is it for the better? paper grew from a conference resolution put forward by the Otago region last year. It examines the impact of these models, particularly on the teachers and schools expected to host their students.

PPTA members will consider their effect on teacher workload and problems with new funding models, seeking ways for partnerships between schools and teacher education providers to be better managed and teachers’ contributions recognised.

An increasingly virulent market in ITE grew from the removal of government regulations in 1990, with new institutions chasing students to fill places created.

“Competition of this kind has never been known to deliver improved quality, and this was certainly true for secondary ITE,” PPTA president Angela Roberts said.


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.