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PPTA News Nov-Dec 2015

The November / December 2015 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post PPTA News Nov-Dec 2015 coverPrimary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).

PPTA News v.36 (9) Nov/Dec 2015

Table of contents:

2016: preparing for working parties and pantomimes - President's viewpoint p.3;
For the common good (Creative commons) p.4;
Raising the age of foster care overdue p.5;
Buzzwords and flimsy research mar process (Children's Action Plan) p.6;
Picnic at parliament for pay parity p.7;
Three-year STCA ratified p.8;
Five years on and counting (Canterbury) p.10;

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PPTA News October 2015

The October 2015 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA). pptanews cover oct2015

PPTA News v.36 (8) Oct 2015


Table of contents:

Community solidarity bringing change for working people - President's viewpoint p.3;
Learning from our students p.4;
Genuine inclusion needs more funding p.5;
New legislation raises the stakes (Health and Safety) p.6;
Restoring respect (Student behaviour) p.7;
Annual conference - struggle and persistence p.8;
PPTA assists Vanuatu colleagues (Annual conference) p.9;
True charity kept at home (John O'Neill) p.10;
Voluntary retraining when staffing is trimmed (Field Officer advice) p.11;
Dedicated activist joins field service p.11.

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PPTA News September 2015

pptanews coverSept2015The September 2015 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).

PPTA News v.36 (7) Sept 2015


Table of contents:

Life under the big top  - President's viewpoint p.3;
Māori girls' college challenges government double standard p.4;
Flawed model has no place in NZ - Labour (Charter schools) p.5;
Informed debate (Annual conference) p.6;
Empowering young workers p.9;
More good news for worker parents (Paid parental leave) p.10;
Union women inspire p.11;
Banned book attracts silent reading protest p.11;
Home-grown interpretations (Shakespeare in schools) p.13;
Too cool for school (Field Officer advice) p.14.

 

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PPTA News August 2015


The August 2015 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).

pptacover Aug2015PPTA News v.36 (6) Aug 2015

Table of contents:

Gratuitous whimsy - President's viewpoint p.3;
A passion for putaiao (Science curiculum) p.4;
Student told not to aks "those" questions (Student transition) p.5;
NZ education issues get a global audience (Education International) p.6;
Keep education out of free trade agreements (TPPA) p.7;
Offer below par (STCA negotiations) p.8;
Student voice can enhance teaching practice - Ritu Sehji (pdf download) p.9;
Humour, passion and professionalism (SCT - Julia Todd) p.10;
PPTA kicking about in the community (Northland) p.13;
Secondary job ads climbing (Staffing shortages) p.13;
Do teachers truly have a voice (Peter DeWitt) p.15.
An appraisal of teacher appraisals (Field Officer Advice) p.14;
ERO and EDUCANZ joint system-audit not part of PPTA boycott p.15.

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PPTA News July 2015

The July 2015 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).

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PPTA News v.36 (5) July 2015

Table of contents:

A qualified report - President's viewpoint p.3;
Te ihi te wehi te wana (Maori Teachers' Conference) p.4;
Wellbeing in schools: 3-day course by teachers for teachers p.5;
Playing safe (Anti-bullying) p.6;
Letter - You don't have my permission to represent me (Educanz) p.7;
A good launch not rocket science (STCA campaign) p.8;
PPTA members take action through inaction (Charter schools) p.9;
Conspicuous by their silence (Student wellbeing) p.10;
Dealing with stress (Field Officer advice) p.13;
Northland activist appointed field officer (Adele Towgood) p.13;
Law out of order (Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill) p.15.

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PPTA News June 2015

pptanews coverJune2015The June 2015 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).

PPTA News v.36 (4) June 2015

Table of contents:

ERO's quick-fix heroes - President's viewpoint p.3;
Forces align against bullying (Pink shirt day) p.4;
Don't talk back (Cyberbullying) p.5;
Freedom beyond violence (White Ribbon movement) p.6;
What will the Vulnerable Children Act 2015 mean for teachers? p.7;
Parental leave provisions reinforced p.7;
Camera angles (STCA campaign) p.8;
What's the buzz (Shave for a cure) p.9;
Letter - Save the National Library lending service p.10;
What does discipline look like? (Field Officer advice) p.11.

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PPTA News April / May 2015

PPTA News cover April 2015The April / May 2015 issue of PPTA News: the newsletter of the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA).

 

PPTA News v.36 (3) April / May 2015


Table of contents:

Authorisation bought - President's viewpoint p.3;
Ideas generation (PPTA Network of Establishing Teachers (NETs) conference) p.4;
Northland PPTA says no to TPPA p.5;
Holding back the iHunch p.6;
The charade behind the facade (Charter schools) p.8;
Dealing with the discrete material of racism (Book review) p.10;
Lessons in print (interview with author and PPTA member Denis Wright) p.10;
Offering vocal support (Health and safety) p.11;
Members snub exclusive club (Educanz) p.12;
Call back days: a couple of cases (Field Officer advice) p.14.

 

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Relief? Not entirely

PPTA’s newest advisory officer Doug Clark offers some tips for day relief teachers drawn from his recent experiences in the classroom.

Schools rely on casual relieving teachers. They allow training days, sick days and a myriad of other events to occur. Some schools treat them well while others can treated them with disdain and occasionally with downright hostility and comments like, “It’s easy, no marking or preparation, off home at 3:30”.

I would like to debunk some of these misunderstandings.

The working realities of a day reliever are;
• A salary rate capped at step 6 ($56,741).
• No security or guarantee of work.
• Often no chance to form good relationships with students.
• Often poor or inappropriate work set or none at all.
• Expected behavioural standards vary between (and often within) schools and relievers often get little advice about (or support from) the school’s discipline systems.
• There is often no induction process to assist day relieving teachers.
• Even the best classes play up for relievers - remember your own school days?

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