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

Submission to Education & Science Select Committee on SOP 176 Education Legislation Bill June 2016 The creation in this SOP of a new class of teacher is a significant change, which the Select Committee is right to recognise that we have an interest in. This submission addresses only the proposed changes to the Education Act relating to the creation of „trainee teacher‟ positions, and does not address the amendments to the legislation governing the New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
Supporting teachers to do their jobs: There’s got to be a better way (2011) 2011 Annual conference paper. Who cares about teachers? It is salutary to recall the point made at paid union meetings last year that almost all of the provisions in teachers’ collective agreements have had to be battled for.
For all the political posturing over many years about the importance of teachers in lifting student achievement, the initiatives that have attracted graduates to the profession, supported them to be effective in their daily work, and assisted them to leave the service (should that be necessary) have come entirely from the union, via collective bargaining. This applies not just to the ‘pay and rations’ aspects of negotiations but also to professional provisions such as study awards and grants, sabbaticals, specialist classroom teachers, Ngā Manu Kōrero, and leave for kapa haka and Polyfest.
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January 24, 2017 24/01/17
Surplus Staffing Procedures - Appendix 5 ASTCA 2016-2019 Surplus staffing procedures in the Area School Teachers' Collective Agreement
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November 30, 2016 30/11/16
Surplus staffing process flowchart (STCA) 2018 (September 2018) Surplus staffing process as per clause 3.9 and Appendix H of the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (STCA)
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October 29, 2018 29/10/18
Surplus staffing: advice for when your school has a falling roll (September 2017) An actual or projected falling school roll in any given year may lead the Ministry of Education to advise your school that it needs to reduce teaching staff for the following school year.
This document explains the process involved and offers you advice about what you can expect and who you should talk to if your job is affected.
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September 26, 2017 26/09/17
Survey of middle leaders in secondary schools PPTA Te Wehengarua's Middle Leadership Taskforce surveyed members in early 2016. The survey revealed that curriculum middle leadership lacks appeal to 40% of classroom teachers, and the reasons for this appear to be excessive workload for the time available, and remuneration levels which fail to adequately recognise the workload and levels of responsibility.
December 12, 2016 12/12/16
Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake Submission on the Education Amendment Bill 2012 (January 2013) Submission made on behalf of Te Huarahi Māori Motuhake opposing the changes to the Education Amendment Bill, in particular the section establishing charter schools.
... Te Huarahi is also concerned about the impact of charter schools on Māori students who remain in the surrounding public schools and which lose funding and staffing when some students leave to attend the charter school. These schools will be left with the most educationally-disadvantaged students but with less funding to meet their needs. Choice for the favoured few will damage the educational options for all other students.
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January 18, 2018 18/01/18
Te Tiro Hou: Report of the Qualifications Framework Inquiry 1997 This report outlines the findings of Te Tiro Hou - The Qualifications Framework Inquiry.
With ongoing changes to NCEA and secondary assessment it seems timely to make it more accessible by making the electronic version available.
An educationally valid qualifications system is:
fair; inclusive; cumulative; clear; motivating; coherent; constructive; manageable
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April 19, 2017 19/04/17
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August 14, 2019 14/08/19
Teach First NZ - Update to members February 2014 It would be fair to say, however, that PPTA has not been kept as well-informed by the university as we would like to be as the scheme has rolled out. There are aspects of the placement process for Cohort 2 that PPTA is far from happy about, and we are pursuing this further to ensure that Cohort 3 placements are more consistent with good employer obligations.
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November 14, 2016 14/11/16
Teacher disciplinary procedures - presentation to NZSPC (2010) Presentation to Secondary principals' council on teacher disciplinary procedures. Presentation refers to legislation, standards and the process.
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January 27, 2017 27/01/17
Teacher ownership or government takeover? (2013) 2013 Annual conference paper. This paper is largely a reiteration of longstanding existing PPTA policy on the Teachers Council. PPTA’s policy, established over many years of debate at Executive and Annual Conference, provides an excellent basis for a principled position on what a truly representative Teachers Council would look like.
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February 9, 2017 09/02/17
Teacher supply issues presentation to 2016 conference (video) Presentation on teacher supply issues, delivered by Executive member Melanie Webber to the 2016 PPTA Annual Conference.
December 12, 2016 12/12/16
Teachers Council: Government patsy or voice of the profession? (2010) 2010 Annual conference paper. Many PPTA members were enraged this year when the Teachers Council announced that fees to renew teachers' practising certificates would nearly double from 1 July. The announcement could not have come at a worse time, with PPTA members already reeling from news of the government's counter-claims in the STCA negotiations.
This has led members to ask a range of questions about the Teachers Council:
- What does it do for me?
- Is it cost-effective?
- Who holds the power at the Council?
- Why doesn't the government pay more of the costs?
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April 10, 2017 10/04/17
Teachers in the precariat: fixed-term contracts and the effect on establishing teachers (2016) 2016 Annual conference paper from the Auckland Region and the PPTA Establishing Teachers’ Committee. This paper addresses the insecure work faced by new and establishing teachers through the use of illegal fixed term contracts, and proposes that schools be encouraged to sign a pledge: Commitment to Establishing Teachers.
Teachers who are on fixed term contracts are vulnerable, and beginning teachers are disproportionately represented in that group. Left unchecked, the growing number of teachers in insecure work has the potential to affect the job satisfaction, stress, professional certification, professional development, and union activism of individual teachers. This, in turn, has a negative impact on the institutional knowledge and the development of the teaching workforce and strength in our union. We need to support the newest members of our profession to continue to have a strong profession and a strong union presence in the future.
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April 4, 2017 04/04/17
Teachers talk about NCEA (2005) The report focuses on the voices of secondary and area school teachers, hence its title ‘Teachers talk about NCEA’. It portrays a profession which is engaged on a hugely important project which is challenging the intellectual, emotional and physical resources of teachers to the maximum.
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August 31, 2017 31/08/17
Teachers talk about NCEA - Summary (2005) Research conducted by Judie Alison (NZPPTA) This is a summary version of a much larger report of the same name. This version does not contain the voices of the teachers who participated in the focus groups, nor does it contain all the detail of their discussions.
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August 31, 2017 31/08/17
Teachers the new targets of schoolyard bullies (2004) Benefield, J. Despite a wealth of anecdotal evidence, there is currently very little research data available on the prevalence or impact of the various forms of physical and emotional violence directed against staff in schools. Accordingly, in July 2004, PPTA undertook a systematic survey of its members in order to find out what kinds of bullying and harassment teachers are facing in schools and from whom.
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November 15, 2016 15/11/16
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
Template - PUM letter from branch chairs to BOTs
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February 14, 2020 14/02/20
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