Papers presented to the 2008 Annual Conference for discussion, debate and decision-making.
Includes NCEA; Tomorrow's schools; Needs based staffing; Valuing beginning teachers; Housing affordability; Duty; Disruptive and anti-social behaviour in secondary schools; Constitutional amendments; PPTA annual report 2007-2008.
PPTA remains concerned about the inability of the Ministry of Education to adequately support senior secondary curriculum development. It only responds when this lack of support turns into public failure via the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). After the 2005-6 NCEA debacle it was able to fund a national coordinator for subject associations and 24 senior subject advisors. By October 2007, the ministry had judged that the crisis was over, and withdrew the funding for both the subject association coordinator and the senior subject advisors.
(2008) This paper looks at the case made for Tomorrow's Schools in 1989 and examines where we are now. It asks whether the policy has delivered improvements in respect of educational achievement, self-management, fairness, democracy and value for the taxpayer's dollar.
It notes there is no evidence of educational gains attributable to the Tomorrow's Schools revolution and that there are signs that self-management in a competitive environment has had the effect of boosting mistrust, parochialism, duplication and waste.
The staffing-related needs of modern secondary schools are discussed, and overseas practices and best-practice within New Zealand considered.
The Auckland region has prepared this paper which looks at the considerable financial pressure on members required to live in areas where there are rising housing costs.
Some are major urban centres where high and rising population density and limited housing development is creating above-average pressures on housing costs. Some are semi-urban areas with high property prices driven by factors more related to location.