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

2018-03-27 Submission on Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill covering letter
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-03-27 Submission on the Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill PPTA is supportive of this legislation, as it puts teachers back on par with other professionals, like lawyers, doctors and nurses, who elect their own representatives to their professional bodies.
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-04-18 PPTA Submission On COOLs PPTA submission on proposed repeal of Communities of Online Learning and changes to correspondence education.
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-05-28 Submission to the Tax Working Group on the Future of Tax April 2018 PPTA's submission to the Tax Working Group about education, the economy and the tax system.
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-06-05 PPTA submission to the Mental Health and Addiction Inquiry What's working well and what isn't mental health-wise scross schools in New Zealand.
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-08-09 PPTA NCEA Review submission The PPTA's submission to the Ministry of Education on "NCEA Review – Big Opportunities", 2018-08-09
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-08-18 PPTA Tomorrow's Schools review submission
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-10-12 Submission on State Sector Review
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-10-19 Reform of the Residential Tenancies Act submission 2.1. PPTA supports a reform of the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (RTA). An unrestrained and unbalanced housing market has meant that many people who would normally choose to buy houses have been forced to rent. A shortage of houses has meant rental properties are in high demand, leading to dramatic increases in rents, particularly in places like Auckland, Wellington and Queenstown.
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-10-24 Essential Skills in Demand submission 2018 PPTA's submission to the MoE's "Essential Skills in Demand" review
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-11-09 Education Amendment Bill No2 submission This submission will concentrate on two aspects of the Education Amendment Bill (No 2) (the Bill), protecting the public interest in Teaching Council decision-making and the repeal of the COOL legislation.
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
2018-11-29 Curriculum Progress and Achievement submission PPTA was not in favour of the National Standards introduced under the last government, and have been watching with interest and concern to see what would replace them. The Conversation Document published by the Curriculum, Progress and Achievement Ministerial Advisory Group has done little to alleviate our fears.

In this submission we have addressed each of the emerging ideas.
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December 4, 2018 04/12/18
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
Consultation on the draft Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill. Submission May 2017 While there are good parts in the Bill, including negotiating with the State Services Commission rather than the Ministry of Education, we have also raised concerns with:
• Areas of the Bill where the recommendations of the JWG have not been accepted;
• Issues with losing the precedent value of the Bartlett case and the 1972 Act;
• The proposal to take away the right to claim back-pay in pay equity cases;
• The restriction of “comparator groups” to the same industry in the first instance rather than the recommended “most appropriate comparator”;
• The lack of detail and uncertainty by not having the wording of the transitional provisions drafted in the Bill and the potential for them to apply retrospectively.
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May 16, 2017 16/05/17
Domestic Violence Victims Protection Bill: Submission April 2017 (April 2017) Submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee.
... As the organisation representing secondary teachers, our interest is in the benefits that these policies will have not just for teachers who may be subject to this violence, but also the positive impact that these support mechanisms will have for students (including students’ learning and wellbeing) and their parents.
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May 9, 2017 09/05/17
Draft Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession: Submission April 2017 (April 2017) Submission to the Education Council on the Draft Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession.... The Standards Working Group talked at length about how these two documents stood in relation to each other, and were quite clear that they serve different purposes and one is not subservient to each other. That message needs to be conveyed very clearly to the public and the profession. We strongly urge that all future publications of the Code and the Standards be as separate documents, to avoid the kind of confusion that the Minister was demonstrating in her comment.
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April 20, 2017 20/04/17
Education (Update) Amendment Bill: Submission November 2016 Our submission focuses on the issues that we have with the proposal for communities of online learning (“COOLs”) and we recommend that this part be removed from the Bill and, instead, that a cross-sector working party be established to develop a policy framework for online learning in New Zealand.
We have also provided comment and recommendations on the following proposals:
(a) Changes to the objectives to:
(i) better incorporate the concept of “equity”; ...
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
Education Amendment Bill (2012): Submission PPTA comments on three aspects of the Bill:
1 The surrender and retention of property
2 Charter schools
3 Multiple timetabling
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February 20, 2020 20/02/20
Education Amendment Bill No 2: EDUCANZ Submission May 2014 Outlines PPTA concerns particularly around the role and status of the NZ Teachers' Council
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February 20, 2020 20/02/20
Education Amendment Bill No 2: NZSPC Submission April 2014 Submission of the NZ Secondary Principals' Council on the Education Amendment Bill No.2
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Amendment Bill No.2 (EDUCANZ): Submission May 2014 PPTA have been arguing for some years now for the NZ Teachers Council to be changed into a statutory authority from its current status as an autonomous crown entity, we do not believe that the wholesale change that will be enabled by this Bill is in any way necessary or to the benefit of students or the communities that teachers serve.
There are functions listed in this Bill that we consider to be dangerous to the status of the teaching profession and to the credibility of the new body.
The Bill represents a shift to a very low-trust approach to the teaching profession.
PPTA is supportive of strengthening the discipline and competence functions of the Council.
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February 20, 2020 20/02/20
Education and Science Select Committee Inquiry Into Support of Students- with Dyslexia: Submission Sep 2015 PPTA Submission to the Inquiry into the identification and support for students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, and autism spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Education Council fees increase. Submission May 2017 Consultation on possible changes to Education Council fees
The consultation document makes it clear that the bulk of the cost the Council is seeking to recover through registration fees is to fund what the paper describes as its expanded “statutory remit”. PPTA has challenged, since the early days of the Teachers Council, the concept that the profession needs its registration body to “lead the profession”.
It is our view that the Education Council should have a narrow remit that is to have high quality and efficient systems for issuing (and in certain cases removing) practising certificates for teaching, and dealing with teachers whose behaviour or competence falls short of acceptable standards.
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May 16, 2017 16/05/17
Education Legislation Bill: Submission February 2016 This omnibus bill contains a number of measures that are largely technical and will have very minor impact on the sector, but there are a number of areas of the Bill which seem to be more substantive. PPTA is of the view that these should have been included in the Education Act (1989) update process which is running alongside this legislative change. The more substantive measures include allowing principals to be employed by more than one board of trustees and the changes to school opening hours.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16