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Secondary teachers' collective agreement ratified

29 October 2015

PPTA members have ratified their new Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA).

The settlement is effective immediately and includes a 2% salary increase each year for two years and an average of 2.5% for a third.

The Ministry of Education has also agreed to pay members’ Education Council practising certificate fees for three years, increase the number of secondary sabbaticals, increase some allowances and resolve a longstanding coverage issue.

None of the ministry’s claims to reduce conditions were accepted.

The ministry had also committed to a serious investigation into improving working conditions for teachers, PPTA president Angela Roberts said.


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.