Auckland Name Change (2018)
August 31, 2018
Beginning Teachers' Handbook
(2019) The beginning and new teachers' handbook is a quick reference for new and beginning teachers in New Zealand secondary schools.
January 31, 2019
Behaviour Guidelines (2014)
These guidelines focus on a systems approach to behaviour management - identifying when they are effective and how they support teachers and students.
November 13, 2016
Behaviour Positive Learning and all that Jazz (2015)
A paper presented to the APBS 12th International Conference on Positive Behaviour Support, March 11-14, 2015, Boston, Massachusetts. This paper seeks to map the roots of Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) as a portfolio of initiatives in New Zealand schools and to investigate the unique ways it has grown.
November 13, 2016
Behaviour, behaviour, behaviour – It's a class act! (2014)
2014 Annual conference paper. After the 2013 Annual Conference expressed concern about the way PB4L and related initiatives were operating in schools, this paper explains how these behavioural initiatives are being implemented, describes some of the challenges in turning theory into effective practice and recommends PPTA adopt a set of behavioural guidelines to empower branches to have more say about how behaviour management frameworks operate in their schools.
February 10, 2017
Best practice behaviour management: A view from the literature
(2007) Written by Patty Towl for the NZPPTA
While this review is a small study by one researcher over six weeks, it found general agreement across all of the literature that teachers need an enhanced skill set to manage the challenging behaviour prevalent in New Zealand schools.
The review suggests that managing challenging student behaviour is not about personal competence; it is a school climate and professional development issue.
November 15, 2016
Better leading for better learning: Report of the middle leadership taskforce. (2017)
2017 Annual conference paper. This report is the final in a series of reports and papers by PPTA’s Middle Leadership Taskforce. It summarises the issues for middle leadership, and the work of the Taskforce to seek to address this. It also contains a section about the Workload Working Group 2016, and the ways in which that group’s recommendations are relevant to the issues for middle leadership.
August 18, 2017
Better provision for due diligence - Health and safety
(April 2016) A new health and safety act, which came into force this month, will provide paid time and training for staff to ensure their workplace is safe. PPTA News article April 2016 p.11
May 18, 2017
BOTB Primer for Members
January 31, 2019
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)
July 26, 2017
Branch chair handbook 2019
A rough guide to organising a PPTA branch
March 15, 2019
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.
November 7, 2017
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.
January 20, 2017
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.
April 19, 2017
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.
February 15, 2017
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.
August 24, 2017
CAPNA [Curriculum and Pastoral Needs Analysis] meeting flowchart
(September 2017) CAPNA [Curriculum and Pastoral Needs Analysis] a summary
September 26, 2017
Career Pathways - Subject Pedagogy Specialists (2018)
August 31, 2018
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.
September 6, 2017
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.
October 31, 2017
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
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.
June 7, 2017
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.
July 12, 2017
Charter schools poster: Unwelcome imports
(2014) Possums, gorse, white-tailed spiders, charter schools
June 7, 2017