Publication Library

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

Technology; theory without practice? (2006) PPTA conducted this research in 2005 in response to the concerns of technology teachers.
Post script: while there have been some positive changes since this report- such as the offer of scholarships to career changers and the introduction specific programmes (such as that at the University of Waikato and the DipSS) and changes to the technology curriculum - there is still a recruitment and retention crisis in technology teaching.
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December 7, 2016 07/12/16
Terms and pay gaps between ASTCA and STCA since 2004 (May 2017) Prepared for union meetings with members covered by the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement Pay gaps between ASTCA and STCA 2002 - 2016, Term gaps between ASTCA and STCA
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
Terms of Reference: Secondary Teacher Supply Working Group Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement (STCA) 2015-2018 Terms of Settlement
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May 31, 2017 31/05/17
The changing role of distance education in New Zealand (MoE paper OIA response) PPTA made an Official Information Act request to access this paper from the Ministry of Education. (Note: 60 pages)
It is more about 'opening up the market' than education.
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December 14, 2016 14/12/16
The cost of change: PPTA survey on NCEA workload 2010 The NCEA changes implemented from 2011 to 2013 presented some major challenges for all teachers, and teachers in some subjects, roles and schools felt these challenges disproportionately. The survey provides useful fine-grained data about these pressure points, and officials need to take this into account in ongoing planning of support. The change processes of the Ministry of Education and NZQA were not adequate for a project of this scale.
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April 12, 2017 12/04/17
The Future Shape of the Special Schools Network in Greater Christchurch: Submission June 2014 PPTA maintains that it is essential to retain special and residential schools
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
The middle leadership problem (2016) 2016 Annual conference paper. This paper updates members on continued work by the Middle Leadership Taskforce since their report to Annual Conference 2015. It includes a summary of findings from the survey of members conducted in Term 1 this year which revealed that 40 percent of current classroom teachers have no wish to be curriculum middle leaders in the future, because of the high workload for the time available, and payment which is inadequate compensation for the extra responsibilities.
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February 10, 2017 10/02/17
The New Zealand principal’s experience of the school board as employer (2009) Survey report to NZ Secondary Principals Council and New Zealand Principals Federation. Author: Carol Anderson
This survey sought principals' observations of the way in which the board-principal employment relationship works within the governance framework which operates in New Zealand schools.
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January 27, 2017 27/01/17
The New Zealand principal’s experience of the school board as employer - appendices (2009) Appendices to the New Zealand principal's experience of the school board as employer: Survey report to NZ Secondary Principals Council and New Zealand Principals Federation,
Author: Carol Anderson
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January 27, 2017 27/01/17
The New Zealand principal’s experience of the school board as employer - summary (2009) Summary of The New Zealand principal's experience of the school board as employer: Survey report to NZ Secondary Principals Council and New Zealand Principals Federation. Author: Carol Anderson.
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January 27, 2017 27/01/17
The resourcing constraints of timetabling: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 3. Ideally a school’s timetable would be driven entirely by students’ learning needs but the reality is that it is necessarily limited by the resourcing and facilities available.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
The School Guidance Counsellor: Guidelines for Principals, Boards of Trustees, Teachers and Guidance Counsellors (2015) Guidance counsellors have traditionally been trained and registered teachers who have additional specialist qualifications in counselling. Guidance counselling has always been regarded as a specialist teaching role, even where it has not involved any classroom teaching.
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
The timetabling policy: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 4. The requirement that a school must have a timetabling policy and are required to consult with its teaching staff over its timetabling policy was first introduced in 2001-02 along with the first provisions of guaranteed non-contact time (3 hours per week, later increasing to five). At the time it was accepted that teachers’ work had increased (partly from the onset of NCEA ) and it was also accepted that there would be unavoidable occasions where the non-contact provisions might not be met.
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November 28, 2016 28/11/16
The Tomorrow's Schools Review (2018)
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August 31, 2018 31/08/18
Theory of secondary teacher demand and supply 2016 An NZPPTA paper to the Secondary Teacher Supply Working Party 2016.
Paper presented to, and discussed with, PPTA members at the 2016 Issues and Organising seminar.
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September 7, 2017 07/09/17
There Is Always A Reasonable Alternative (TIAARA); not TINA (There Is No Alternative) (2011) 2011 Annual conference paper. PPTA’s constitution requires us to advance the interests of secondary teachers and secondary schooling. We have long held that the interests of secondary schooling include the interests of our students. To date, our policies to advance those interests have been founded in the broad educational and ‘social good’ beliefs of our members. In the past three years, it has become increasingly apparent to the Executive that, in order to fully engage in contesting for those interests, the Association would benefit from providing an economic perspective. This paper seeks to begin the process of policy development.
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January 25, 2017 25/01/17
There is always a reasonable alternative: PPTA’s economic model for Aotearoa/New Zealand (2012) 2012 Annual conference paper. PPTA is not affiliated to any political party but cannot ignore the risk that the next generation will face a future of economic deprivation and unsustainable levels of environmental degradation in order to satisfy continued corporate greed. Policies that deliberately fuel rampant inequality by privatising profits and socialising losses lead to widespread poverty and social unrest. This is not the future we want for young New Zealanders.
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May 29, 2018 29/05/18
Things to know about surplus staffing (September 2017) Guidance for senior leaders on surplus staffing

(Written for Senior Positions Advisory Committee (SPAC))
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October 16, 2017 16/10/17
Time to Review and Strengthen Treaty Partnerships (2018)
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August 31, 2018 31/08/18
Time to Review-and-Strengthen-Treaty-Partnerships (Maori version)(2018)
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August 31, 2018 31/08/18
Timetabling Framework: About Time toolkit 2013 Section 2 . The prerequisites on schools in terms of timetabling arise from legislation and the collective agreements and are longstanding and well understood. New constraints or requirements can arise from new government, Ministry or school initiatives.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Tomorrow’s schools: Yesterday’s mistake? (2008) 2008 Annual conference paper. The future is collaborative, yet New Zealanders seem content to believe that a system based on competition and self-interest and designed to serve the needs of a vocal and wealthy minority rather than the national interest is acceptable. There is considerable evidence for the proposition that 21st century education will not be about isolated and competing units, but multi-campus, collaborative learning, facilitated by ICT.
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April 19, 2017 19/04/17
True charity kept at home (October 2015) Is it right that the “top five or ten percent” have increasing levels of influence and decision making power in terms of public policy and public education?
PPTA News report on Professor John O’Neill's presentation on "How charities are shaping education policy in New Zealand" to the 2015 PPTA Annual conference.
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October 31, 2017 31/10/17
University Entrance review discussion document. Submission April 2017 PPTA wishes to put on record here its concern that the universities continue to have so much influence over the curriculum in the senior school by their position on University Entrance requirements. ... We do object to the amount of power that universities have over the detail of the University Entrance requirements.
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
Updating the Education Act: Submission December 2015 The following submission answers the fifteen questions from the consultation document.
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17