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

Academics put heat on half-baked reactions The political and media stir caused by professor John Hattie's research on student achievement has prompted a group of academics to look closely at his work. The authors were particularly concerned that politicians might use Hattie's work to justify ill-informed policy decisions.
October 27, 2017 27/10/17
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
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
Extra staffing by school MAC23 (2012) Extra staffing by school under MAC 23 calculation for curriculum staffing (based on 2011 confirmed year 9-13 roll).
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October 17, 2016 17/10/16
Parents' perspectives of secondary school teaching - Windshift research (2007) One of the key elements of this research was to explore the underlying expectations of teachers. What exactly are the qualities of an effective teacher?
... Given their underlying beliefs about the education their children need, it is unsurprising to find that many parents have fixed on class sizes as the ultimate symbol of the conditions under which teachers teach and children learn.
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
School Staffing SSSG Report 2012 As part of the Terms of Settlement for the Secondary Teachers' Collective .Agreement 2011-2013, the Post Primary Teachers' Association and the Ministry of Education agreed that more work was desirable between the two partiles with respect to class size. As a result, the Secondary Schools' Staffing Group was estciblished to undertake this further work.

This report presents the results of the group's work.
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
School staffing: PPTA key points - SSSG Report (2012) PPTA key points from the Report of the Secondary Schools' Staffing Group
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
School staffing: PPTA key proposals - SSSG Report (2012) PPTA key points from the Report of the Secondary Schools' Staffing Group
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July 26, 2017 26/07/17
Secondary School Staffing Group: About Time toolkit Appendix 2 Findings of the Secondary School Staffing Group 2012: The Secondary School Staffing Group (SSSG) found that larger and junior high schools are disadvantaged by the existing staffing formula and recommended that the delivery mechanism (formula) is reviewed in relation to larger schools and junior high schools, and that the review seeks to neutralise the disproportionate effect of the formula on these schools.
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November 28, 2016 28/11/16
Secondary teacher staffing – Another casualty of a lack of coherent long term planning (2012) 2012 Annual conference paper. When it suits them the ministry and government do acknowledge that pupil-teacher ratio is not the same as class size, but only to ‘pass the buck’ to schools. This particularly nasty piece of propaganda argues that large classes are the fault of schools because they choose how to use the staffing they are given and the government does not set class sizes.
It is nasty because it implies that the schools have real choice over their class sizes within the constraints placed on them by the government’s resourcing.
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February 9, 2017 09/02/17

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