Recent PPTA press/media releases.

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Secondary principals accept IES leadership role

3 December 2014

Secondary principals have voted to include a community leadership role central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement. 

The vote to include the Community of Schools (CoS) Leadership role and a Principals’ Recruitment Allowance (PRA) in the Secondary Principals’ Collective Agreement (SPCA) was ratified by 88.2%. 

The CoS Leadership role offers leadership in building productive collaboration within CoS, supports profession growth of leaders and teachers and provides professional expertise across schools in collaboration with other principals. 

“This is not a ‘super principal’ role, but a facilitative one,” New Zealand Secondary Principals' Council (NZSPC) chair Allan Vester said. 

“All schools in the community will remain autonomous.”


Support bill changes to keep students safe

26 November 2014    

The government has the opportunity to prevent major teacher opposition to the proposed new teachers council by supporting changes to the Education Amendment Bill (2). 

PPTA president Angela Roberts said one of the biggest risks of the new body was the danger in which its overly ambitious functions placed students by threatening its core business of keeping students safe. 

Changes to the bill being proposed by the Green Party would create a democratic council focused on the core business of regulating entry to and exit from the teaching profession.

More than 1000 teachers made submissions against the government’s plan to create an entirely ministerially appointed new body called ‘EDUCANZ’ to regulate the teaching profession. 


Secondary teachers vote IES into collective

21 November 2014

PPTA members have voted to include two teaching roles central to Investing in Educational Success (IES) in their collective agreement.

At paid union meetings held throughout the country over the past two weeks 80.3% voted to include the Community of Schools (CoS) Within School Teacher and the CoS Across Community Teacher positions in the Secondary Teachers Collective Agreement (STCA).


PPTA's EDUCANZ battle continues

1 October 2014

The legislation around the government’s EDUCANZ body is so sloppy it is impossible to know what kind of monster will eventually be unleashed, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.

This afternoon PPTA members voted to empower the association’s executive to develop a range of responses to the Education Amendment Bill (no. 2) that aims to replace the New Zealand Teachers Council with a government appointed body.

Because the annual conference paper “Demolition or restoration – The election and our fight for the Teachers Council” was written before the election, changes had to be made to strengthen the union’s options to fight for its own professional body.

These changes included giving the executive the power to determine to what extent the association will co-operate with their new body and putting proposals for actions against the new council to a teacher vote.

PPTA president Angela Roberts said the association needed to have as many options available as possible.


School funding failing vulnerable students – time for a better way?

1 October 2014

Schools with the greatest needs get too little to meet those needs, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.

The current school funding system is failing to support our most vulnerable students and this morning delegates at PPTA’s annual conference will discuss whether it is time for a different way.

“A needs-based model of resourcing for schools – time for a national discussion?” is a paper that looks at schools’ reliance on locally raised funds for resources such as staffing, the lack of security in school resourcing and the need to support those with behavioural and special education needs.

“When locally raised and decile related funds are added together, decile one schools have just $350 per student more than those in decile 10 schools to address their relative educational disadvantage. $350 equates to 5% of total school funding yet an Australian review (the Gonski report) recommends students from lower socio-economic backgrounds should attract an extra 50%,” Roberts said.


Seaworthy ships and stormy seas - PPTA annual conference 2014

30 September 2014

PPTA wakaPirates, privateers, seaworthy ships and stormy seas all featured in PPTA president Angela Roberts' nautically themed opening speech to the association's annual conference this morning.

Describing the political context PPTA ventures out into as "often stormy and dangerous" she quoted Vincent van Gogh:

"The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore."

She took time in her speech to the association's annual conference to address misinformation surrounding Investing in Educational Success (IES).

"At these meetings we are able to debate challenging issues, reflect on the differing viewpoints and work our way towards solutions.

"What we get out of conference are policies that have been tested by the membership and pronounced seaworthy," Roberts said.

"That's why we greeted the prime minister's announcement in January about IES with cautious optimism. Like many we were bemused and somewhat suspicious but we could see elements in the proposals that were entirely consistent with long-established PPTA policy - much of it debated and set in this very room," she said.