Recent PPTA press/media releases.

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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.


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.