A message from the pres - part five

E te whānau, ngā kaiako o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou katoa. Welcome to 2019.

Rolling up our sleeves

This year promises to be a big year for education. As we prepare for all the complexity that comes with being a secondary teacher and set a course for each of our students to learn and grow under our care, it is against a backdrop of potentially huge changes with a range of opportunities (and some possible dangers).

Standing together

Our negotiations for the Secondary Teachers Collective Agreement continue. You can keep abreast of what’s happening on the members-only area of the PPTA website and by joining our closed Facebook group.

Engaging with colleagues, decision makers, the media and our local communities is a simple and effective way for you to be part of advancing our claims and helping us to ‘Bring out the Best’ for teachers and students this year.

If that sounds like something you’d like to be part of then a good place to start is by visiting our campaign website.

The big picture

While most of us will be focused on our own classrooms and schools, it’s worth noting that the results of the many consultation documents and reviews are likely to buffet – and potentially boost – our work over the coming few months.

Here are just a few of them:


While Education Minister Chris Hipkins has signalled that the NCEA needs to be improved, the details of what might change (let alone how and when) are apparently still quite a distance from being nailed down.

Given the response to the initial Big Opportunities, this probably isn’t too surprising.

Nevertheless, whenever the recommendations of the different advisory groups do surface this year, I’m sure secondary teachers will have a lot to say – and we here at the PPTA office will be very keen to hear your views.

Tomorrow’s Schools

The Independent Taskforce has released its report and will be continuing to consult through until April this year. This has also sparked considerable debate – not least because it has the potential to dramatically impact employment conditions for principals as well as teachers and proposes significant changes to educational structures, particularly Boards of Trustees.

PPTA will be continuing to consult with the Taskforce over the coming months and are hopeful that many of you might help contribute to this process.

Education Workforce Strategy

There have been a number of workshops ‘visioning’ what an English Medium and Maori Medium Workforce might need to look like in 2030, however these have been kept quite separate from the “Teacher Shortage” initiatives which have been strictly Ministry designed (and protected). Consequently, the start of the year will be telling as to whether staffing levels are worse than last year or merely just as bad…

While we’ll endeavour to keep you updated, your stories and support for improvements that can be made to ensure we can recruit, support and retain great teachers for all our students and in all schools and kura will be needed.

Haere tonu kia mau

As a member led organisation it’s really important you feel connected. We want to make sure you have opportunities to keep up with what’s happening and keep in touch so we can advocate for what matters to teachers.

And we want you to feel like you can be part of the process of PPTA policy development and advocacy.

Our communications strategy involves the bi-monthly PPTA News, daily Collective News links, Newsletters to Networks and of course the PPTA website.

If you aren’t sure if you are on a mailing list or want some help with accessing information or contributing to any of the work we are doing on your behalf, please get in touch on enquiries@ppta.org.nz or feel free to email me directly on jboyle@ppta.org.nz.

You can also follow me on @JackJBoyle22 on twitter.

We are always keen to hear from you.


Meanwhile, all the best for Term 1 and thank you for all that you do.

Nga mihi nui hoki mo o koutou mahi.

Jack Boyle





Last modified on Wednesday, 23 January 2019 16:26