Publication Library

Research, guides, information and policies published by PPTA Te Wehengarua

Branch Audits: About Time toolkit Appendix 1 Branch audit process on timetabling, for schools covered by the Secondary School Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) and the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement (ASTCA)
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Branch chair handbook 2019 A rough guide to organising a PPTA branch
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March 15, 2019 15/03/19
Briefing to incoming Minister (October 2017) The public education system in New Zealand has huge strengths. We are fortunate to have high performing teachers, and curricula and qualifications frameworks that are widely respected and understood. In regards to many of the fundamentals of secondary education PPTA does not believe that we need to see radical change.
However, there are opportunities for improvement, and some real challenges that the system faces. These are set out in the briefing paper.
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November 7, 2017 07/11/17
Building on excellence: How to make a great schooling system even better (2010) 2010 Annual conference paper. This paper challenges the validity of government claims about low achievement and inequity, and suggests that the government goal that all students be able to experience success at Level 2 NCEA, while a laudable aspiration, is not achievable in a low-trust environment where teachers and schools are facing cuts across a whole range of support services, in tandem with a burgeoning workload.
The paper then tackles the vital question of what is needed, and what is not needed, if secondary schools are to make significant improvements to levels of student achievement in New Zealand.
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January 20, 2017 20/01/17
Bulk funding: a retrospective (2002) (2002) Paper presented at the 2002 Education International Conference (New Zealand).
PPTA Te Wehengarua has been fighting bulk funding since 1989. This paper examines the various manifestations of bulk funding (the bulk funding trial; relief bulk funding; salaries grant for management; direct resourcing and the fully-funded option) and the different responses they required. It considers the long-term educational and political impact of bulk funding and traces the history of that struggle. It also explores the various strategies used to fight off bulk funding from political and community lobbying through to wildcat strikes and other industrial activities.
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April 19, 2017 19/04/17
Calculating average class size (2011) (30 August 2011) Average class size calculator. Some timetabling programmes used by schools have a function which calculates average class size in a way that does not meet requirements for STCA purposes.
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February 15, 2017 15/02/17
Call for Komiti Pasifika nominations 2018 - application form (24 August 2017) Nominations are invited for six vacancies on Komiti Pasifika for 2018. The term 1 February 2018 – 31 January 2019.
The Komiti Pasifika advises the PPTA on the needs of Pasifika teachers and Pasifika students. The Komiti generally advises the PPTA National Executive on Pacific issues and concerns, as well as bringing a Pacific outlook to PPTA policy. One of the Komiti Pasifika members is also a member of the PPTA National Executive.
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August 24, 2017 24/08/17
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July 31, 2017 31/07/17
CAPNA [Curriculum and Pastoral Needs Analysis] meeting flowchart (September 2017) CAPNA [Curriculum and Pastoral Needs Analysis] a summary

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September 26, 2017 26/09/17
Career Pathways - Subject Pedagogy Specialists (2018)
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August 31, 2018 31/08/18
Careers services in danger (2017) 2017 Annual conference paper. This paper highlights a number of current threats to the provision of adequate careers services in secondary schools, caused by the absorption of Careers New Zealand (Careers NZ) into the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), and continued pressure on school staffing and funding leading to reductions in specialist staffing for careers. In some schools, this has translated into expectations that form teachers pick up parts of the careers advice role but without adequate specialist support. The recommendations build on existing policy, listed in section 8, and urge action by the Ministry of Education, by schools, and through the 2018 collective agreement round.
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September 6, 2017 06/09/17
Charities, philanthropists, policy entrepreneurs, international companies and state schooling in Aotearoa (August 2017) John O’Neill with Connor Duffy and Sarojinie Fernando Massey University
This report has provided a preliminary sketch map to identify some of the emergent strategies, tactics, dispositions and behaviours of the range of private sector policy entrepreneurs and advocates who are active in New Zealand state schooling today. It raises important questions about the potential benefits and harms of increased private sector participation.
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October 31, 2017 31/10/17
Charities, Philanthropists, Policy Entrepreneurs, International Companies and State Schooling in Aotearoa New Zealand This report examines the development and delivery of state schooling policy in Aotearoa New Zealand at present. The main purpose of the report is to prepare a preliminary sketch map and understanding of what is occurring within a rapidly changing policy landscape. The analysis in this report documents how an increased presence of private sector actors is reshaping the ways in which state schooling policy is developed and enacted in classrooms, staffrooms, schools and local communities.
November 1, 2017 01/11/17
Charter School fig leaf poster January 2013 Family time, beach time, down time… that’s the agenda for most of us right The government is happy with that. agenda – the dismantling of New Zealand’s public education system by introducing charter schools. What better time for submissions to close on the Education Amendment Bill 2012 than on 24 January, when the nation is on holiday?
Charter schools represent a failed idea from the USA school system taken up by a failed New Zealand political party. It is being railroaded through Parliament with unseemly haste.
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June 7, 2017 07/06/17
Charter schools (2013) 2013 Annual conference paper. Charter schools, as enabled by Act Party and National Party amendments to the Education Act, will be fully taxpayer funded private schools to be operated by private sponsors, with limited protections for students, little or no representation by parents, and little oversight to ensure taxpayer funds are spent appropriately.
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July 12, 2017 12/07/17
Charter schools poster: Unwelcome imports (2014) Possums, gorse, white-tailed spiders, charter schools
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June 7, 2017 07/06/17
Charter schools public survey results (2013) (May 2013) PPTA survey of the NZ public 18 years and over: Charter schools results.
Survey conducted by MM Research
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April 19, 2017 19/04/17
Charter schools: an update (2015) 2015 Annual conference paper. This paper examines the extent of the failure of the charter school experiment to provide an improved alternative to the public education system in New Zealand.
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July 12, 2017 12/07/17
Children's Action Plan: Letter Nov 2014 Comment on policy proposals for safety checking regulations to be made under the Vulnerable Children's Act 2014
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Childrens Action Plan-Withdrawal Letter October 2015 Outlines the reasons for PPTA's withdrawal from working on this plan.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Class size - Letter from Prof John-ONeill to Minister of Education (2012) The effects of class size on teaching and learning (Questions for oral answer, question 12, 8 February 2012)
... I have done you the courtesy of looking once more at Professor Hattie’s research on class size and the quality of teaching. This letter summarises my careful re-reading, which has resolved none of the errors in the Treasury’s briefing. Consequently, I then explain why other, directly relevant and more sophisticated research studies on class size effects on teaching, learning and achievement are more useful to schooling policy development in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Class size poster: How dense do you want them (2008) Poster from Class Size campaign 2008
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June 7, 2017 07/06/17
Class size presentation (2007) 2007 Annual conference. Presentation with Class size report. Why class size matters.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
Class size report (2007) 2007 Annual conference paper. Since 2006 PPTA has analysed data collected from secondary schools, commissioned research into parental expectations on class size and analysed the literature available on class sizes in secondary schools (both the good and the bad). It was hoped that this report would be able to describe progress made in the curriculum staffing work stream. Unfortunately the work stream broke down almost immediately because of the Minster’s refusal to allow recommendations that had staffing implications and the refusal of the ministry (almost certainly consequential) to agree to a definition of what constituted staffing for the curriculum.
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January 19, 2017 19/01/17
Class size – The struggle continues (2011) 2011 Annual conference paper. This paper considers the work undertaken to date, the progress that has been made and the future direction for work on achieving class size limits. It seeks confirmation that members continue to feel deeply about the issue of class size. The Association has pursued an interest in class size issues for a long time. This paper picks up the trail from the outcome of the 1998 claim around class size.
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January 24, 2017 24/01/17