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PPTA news April 2014

The April 2014 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).

PPTA News cover April 2014

PPTA News v.35(3) Apr 2014

Table of contents:

Education in political limelight - President's viewpoint p.3;
Education first (PPTA election priorities) p.4;
Demand democracy! (EDUCANZ) p.5;
Survey reveals Joyce underestimates problems (Novopay) p.6;
Unions work with ministy to extend teaching career options (Investing in Educational Success) p.7;
ACC programme to prevent sexual violence p.8;
Councils hear submissions on paying a living wage p.8;
PPTA supports global health & education pact p.9;
Demystifying the Treaty of Waitangi workshops p.10;
Preventing and responding to workplace bullying p.10.


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Stitching circuits

Most young people in the developed world are immersed in consuming digital technologies from birth. But the interconnectedness of everyday life is not being translated into a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and women are the largest under-represented and under-recognised group in the STEM professions. Former PPTA field officer Diane McCarthy attends a special e-textiles workshop in Christchurch to see STEM lights literally go on in young Kiwi women’s eyes.

Golden opportunism - educational "not-for-profit" charitable trusts

Educational "charities" seem to be everywhere now - dishing out scholarships, running professional development and holding educational events. They recruit the best and brightest from the education sector and help write educational policy - but who are they really? What do they get out of it all and where is the accountability?

Rake and coins image from PPTA News March 2014Golden opportunism

Massey University professor John O’Neill has been investigating the educational philanthropy phenomenon and has come to some startling conclusions that echo concerns expressed by PPTA.

Educational not-for-profit charitable trusts contracted to carry out ministry functions

Names such as CORE Education and Cognition Education are becoming familiar to the sector as they pick up more and more government contracts.

They are among a small number of educational “not-for-profit” charitable trusts that have emerged and grown to take advantage of the contracting out of former state services.

These entities typically have a commercial trading arm which generates surpluses that are “donated” to their charitable trusts for distribution ― for example Cognition Education Trust’s commercial trading arm is Cognition Education Limited.

PPTA News March 2014

The March 2014 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).

PPTA News cover March 2014PPTA News v.35 (2) March 2014

Table of contents:

Double standards-based - President's viewpoint p.3;
Award for true "red-heart" unionist p.4;
Teachers can help students get out & vote p.4;
Message understood (charter schools in Whangarei) p.5;
Victories and shared visions (Issues and Organising seminar) p.6;
50 years of pay equity law ... and that decade (Issues and Organising seminar) p.7;
Golden opportunism (Educational 'charities') p.8-9;
Paid parental leave platitudes not enough p.10;
Your maternity grant entitlements p.10;
Catering for learning (Food in schools) p.11;
Uncivil service (PPTA complaint to SSC) p.12;
Stitching circuits (STEM ) p.13;
Canterbury - the new "normal" p.14;
Welcome return for new Dunedin Field Officer p.14;

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PPTA news February 2014

The February 2014 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).


PPTA News cover February 2014

PPTA News v.35 (1) Feb 2014

Table of contents:
Govt offer worth a peek - President's viewpoint p.3;
PPTA exec welcomes new Komiti Pasifika rep p.4;
Drawing on new resources (ACE) p.5;
Phantom parity p.6;
Group learning - by teachers for teachers p.7;
PPTA joins rally for pay equity in aged care p.7;
A costly experiment revealed (charter schools) p.8;
When are fixed term appointments lawful? (Field Officer advice) p.10;
Field service trials streamlined response system p.10;
PPTA recruits new ERE coordinator p.10;


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Dubious focus - NCEA targets

NCEA dubious pressure imagePPTA News reports on the ethically dubious pressure being put on schools, by the Ministry of Education, to ensure the government mandated 85% pass rate target for NCEA level 2 is met.

Ethically dubious focus

A new Ministry of Education project that involves pressuring schools to focus on a small group of students is ethically dubious PPTA president Angela Roberts says.

In order to meet a meaningless political target set by the government, schools are being expected to put a huge focus on students on the achieved/not achieved boundary potentially at the expense of others, she said.

Without any fanfare or formal announcement Achievement 2013-17 (the name the ministry has given its push to have 85% of students achieve NCEA level 2 by 2017) has appeared on the scene without proper consideration of the risk to other students and the validity of the qualification.

Educational triage

This approach, described by academics as “educational triage” requires an intense focus on students that are close to a target in order to lift the school’s overall achievement, Roberts said.

“But the requirement that some students will be given all kinds of extra attention could come at the expense of those who are really struggling, as well as those who are doing well,” she said.

“Students not likely to reach the target of NCEA 2 still need resources put into them to progress and those who are well on track to reach it still need support as well.”

PPTA News Nov-Dec 2013

PPTA News nov-dec 2013 coverThe November - December 2013 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).

PPTA News v.34 (9) Nov-Dec 2013

Table of contents:
Mad micromanagement - President's viewpoint p.3;
Give us a break - national tea break of action p.4;
Workshops promoting diversity (LGBTI) p.5;
Dubious focus (NCEA) p.6;
BES spotlight on bullying  p.7;
Community ed teachers ratify agreement p.7;
Word from the wise p.8;
Respected Kaumatua farewelled p.9;
Valuing Pasifika cultures boosts Pasifika achievement p.9;
Teachers more sensitive to noise than most p.10;
Curious comparison p.11;
Teacher representation axed (Teachers Council) p.12;
Northland members call for moratorium (Charter schools) p.13;
Remarkable servant retires p.14;
Saving public assets mirrors UK experience p.14;
Secondary-tertiary interface lacks a "coherent framework" - report p.15;
Paving the way for equal pay p.16;
Domestic violence as a workplace issue p.16;
Bikies with a message drop by Te Aute (White ribbon campaign) p.17;
We must enforce part-timer entitlements p.18;
Long service may be longer than you think (Field Officer advice) p.19;
PPTA runners pick up the pace p.20.

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Broken promise: Aspire scholarship another ACT failure

Aspire announcement by Govt 2009Since 2009 the government has poured $11 million into an Act Party private scholarship programme, yet a quarter of its students have not achieved the Level 2 NCEA benchmark.

Aspire scholarships are designed to help students from low-income families attend private schools. They receive government funding at over double the rate of students in public or state integrated secondary schools.

Documents released to the PPTA under the Official Information Act however show that of 29 Aspire scholarship students who have finished school, seven of them only achieved NCEA Level 1 (or equivalent) or no qualification at all.

Aspire students receive $16,500 per year in tuition fees and course related costs, compared to the average government funding of a student at a state or state integrated school of $7,217.

PPTA president Angela Roberts said it was outrageous money that could be going into the state system was being poured into a pet private project that was clearly not working.

"Such a huge subsidy to private schools is bad enough, but it is not even producing results," she said.

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