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.
Recent PPTA press/media releases.
Teachers council overhaul a major assault on the profession
1 October, 2013
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.
Decile divide – has govt given up on free public education?
10 September, 2013
The most challenged students are ending up in the schools that can least afford to support them, says PPTA president Angela Roberts.
This is the legacy of the school decile funding system and an issue set to be addressed at PPTA’s annual conference next month.
Conference papers released today reveal that, between 2001 and 2011, decile 1 to 3 rolls declined by 12% while decile 8 to 10 rolls grew by 23%.
Decile funding measures the spread of the country’s poorest 20% across schools and was initially set up to provide targeted funding to the students that needed it the most, but it had now become a marketing tool, Roberts said.
“The gulf between have and have-not schools has grown so wide our members have prepared a paper calling for a review of the whole system,” she said.
Prepared by PPTA’s Waikato region A Hierarchy of Inequality – The Decile Divide follows up on last year’s A Level Playing Field? paper which highlighted the inadequacy of school funding and the clear inequality between schools’ ability to raise funds locally to top this up.
Roberts said the government had effectively given up on providing free education.
“Education is compulsory yet all schools need money from parents and it is really starting to hurt families,” she said.
Minister ‘blacks out’ what’s really happening with Novopay
4 September 2013
Tomorrow marks a black day for teachers nationwide, with the pay period that begins a second year of Novopay woes.
Claims by minister responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce that most staff were now getting paid properly were “deeply disingenuous,” PPTA president Angela Roberts said.
In an August media release Joyce states “the backlog of 12,000 pay instructions has been cleared” – something Roberts insists is not the case.
“I can assure you, that backlog of issues is most definitely not clear,” she said.
$200 million wasted on inadequate professional development
12 July 2013
The government is spending $200 million a year on woefully inadequate teacher professional learning and development (PLD) that does not help lift student achievement.
A report based on two separate PPTA surveys shows both teachers and school leaders agree current PLD provision is inadequate, piecemeal and incoherent - raising serious questions as to whether this money is being well-spent.
The surveys were conducted in May this year after noise in the sector over the current PLD provision had grown to an unbearable level, PPTA president Angela Roberts said.
“There is clearly a need to ensure the professional learning that happens in schools challenges teachers to work differently with students to raise their achievement, but 44% of teachers said that only happened sometimes with the current provision of PLD.
“Visiting international experts have reiterated the importance of teacher professional development in improving equity of student achievement. This is an issue that needs the urgent attention of the government,” she said.
One of the biggest concerns voiced by both teachers and school leaders was the lack of local provision for PLD, Roberts said.
The current contestable contracts tended to be centred on particular providers, often a long way from where the PLD must be delivered, dismantling a trusted model of ongoing local support.
“The closeness to the contract directly influences the quality of PLD. If you are in Taranaki, Wainuiomata or Gisborne you will have worse PLD opportunities than in Auckland or Hamilton,” she said.
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- Voters say no to unregistered teachers and private profiteering – PPTA survey
- Budget strips millions from schools to pay for pet projects
- Want to raise achievement? Extend paid parental leave
- Select committee ignores submissions on charter schools
- Package meets costs but teachers still seek compensation
- Survey highlights real impact of Novopay
- Charter school scam defies democracy
- PPTA launches group legal action over Novopay
- Thanks minister Joyce but sympathy doesn't pay the mortgage
- Resounding no to charter schools from New Zealand and New Orleans
- Letters to Hekia Parata and Steven Joyce regarding Novopay
- Enough talk – Novopay rescue package needed now
- Public response to charter school threat overwhelming
- Charter schools: "Teaching? There’s nothing to it,” he says.
- Oppose the National Act charter school deal
- More hypocrisy from John Banks
- Rennie should be disqualified from secretary appointment
- Longstone forced to progress toxic agenda
- Secondary teachers’ collective agreement ratified
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