Professional issues update (1) 2010

Professional issues update (1) 2010

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(Term one 2010)

NZQA to review university entrance…

Keep an eye out for this "“ NZQA are sorting out the terms of reference and will be having a hard look at UE over the next few months. Get regular QA news updates on their website.


Behaviour & engagement

The government's approach to behaviour in schools is increasingly scattered.   Last month PPTA members at the Issues and Organising seminar considered the Behaviour Action Plan and the challenges in this area for secondary schools.  We're also keen to hear from members if your school gets involved in the He Kakano or PBL programmes "“ both due to roll out from term two.

In the news, Heather Roy, Associate Minister for Education, issued a statement suggesting more choice in the schooling sector is the answer (yeah right)…

Meanwhile the Government is looking to close alternative education centres reported in the Otago Daily Times and the Dominion Post - Fears if troubled teens return to school

There is a review of special education…  PPTA's submission is on our website.

There appears to be a fair amount of money being juggled between Group Special Education services, for the positive behaviour for learning action plan, and truancy "“ but no new money.

Add to this, confusion around support for students in the limited youth guarantee programme; the Trades Academies programme which looks likely to strip funding from schools; and to top it all off the 'Fresh start legislation', this includes boot camps for young offenders.  There is no evidence boot camps actually work.

So much for "˜coherent interventions' or support "˜early in the life of the problem'.


eDscapes 2011 PPTA professional conference

Keynote speakers are now confirmed for eDscapes, Wellington, 18-20 April 2011.

The conference's three key themes are professional activism, engagement and leadership.


Ben Levin has worked extensively in the area of school change, including the role and use of research in shaping education policy and practice; building on recent experience in Ontario to improve understanding of large-scale improvement in education; learning more about how we can ameliorate the impacts of poverty and inequality in education. Read more...


Christine Richmond is a dynamic speaker in the field of behaviour management in schools. Her expertise has been honed from practical experience as a special, mainstream and tertiary educator. She has worked as a senior guidance officer, family therapist and academic, and is an experienced teacher of students with severe behaviour challenges in clinical and school settings. Dr Richmond is well known in Australasian education circles through her research in behaviour management, her work in schools and as a speaker at regional, state, national and international conferences. Read more...


Judyth Sachs is the Macquarie University Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost.  Prior to her academic career she taught in Queensland schools and worked for the Curriculum Branch of the Department of Education.   Her research interests are in the areas of teacher professionalism, teacher professional development, women and leadership, academic governance and higher education policy. Her books include The Activist Teaching Profession (2003, Open University Press). Read more...

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