Publication Library

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

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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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
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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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
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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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
Education Update Amendment Bill SOP 250 (seclusion and restraint). Submission April 2017 PPTA have concerns about how broad the drafting of the SOP is, and believe that it will lead to unintended consequences that go beyond stopping the use of seclusion, and may inadvertently make some practices that are widely, and appropriately, used in schools illegal.
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May 16, 2017 16/05/17
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
Employment Relations (...contract out of Personal Grievance Provisions) Amendment Bill. Submission May 2017 (May 2017) The National Party want to change the law so that people employed on an individual agreement who earn over $150,000 can contract out of the protections / recourse to a personal grievance, for example:
• Unlawful or constructive dismissal;
• Discrimination;
• Racial / Sexual Harassment; and
• Unjustified disadvantage.
This is a dangerous precedent and the principles have the potential to be extended, either through this Bill or another, to other workers who earn less money or are employed on a collective agreement.
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May 10, 2017 10/05/17
Employment Relations Bill: Submission July 2013 PPTA is strongly opposed to the Employment Relations Amendment Bill and submits that the Committee recommend to the House that it not proceed. The Submission outlines PPTA's concerns about the bill creating further inequality, endangering teacher health and safety, and related issues.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Employment Standards Legislation Bill: Submission October 2015 This submission sets out PPTA’s submission on the Employment Standards Legislation Bill and is informed by members’ concerns about insecure work and commitment to extending paid parental leave (“PPL”). The Bill contains a mix of proposals that impact on vulnerable workers; some positive (in extending paid parental leave and enforcement of minimum enforcement standards) and some with an incredibly negative impact (in relation to zero hour contracts).
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Examination of the TPPA: Submission March 2016 PPTA Submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee
on the International Treaty Examination of the TPPA.
PPTA has expressed concern at elements of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement during the protracted negotiations that led to its development. Some of the concerns could have been allayed by a more transparent process. When we had the opportunity to meet with MFAT officials, we had some of the specific issues that we raised addressed and answered satisfactorily. It is our impression that more effort could have been made by the government to conduct these negotiations openly and enable interested parties to be briefed by officials.
PPTA supports the submission from the Council of Trade Unions, which represents the interests and concerns of New Zealand working people and union members.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Human Rights Amendment Bill: Submission December 2013 There has been an unjustified lack of consultation on the proposals in the Bill – which proposes to amend a constitutional document. It is deeply disappointing that key stakeholders were not given the opportunity to comment on the policy proposals. Submission outlines specific PPTA concerns.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
ICT Digital Literacy: Submission May 2012 Submission to the Education and Science Select Committee Investigation into 21st Century Learning Environments and Digital Literacy
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Inquiry into engaging parents in the education of their children: Submission November 2013 PPTA welcomes this inquiry and is pleased to be able to submit on this often under-emphasised area. The focus of PPTA members’ work is the learning that takes place in school, but we are well aware that students’ development and learning that takes place outside of school is essential for success in the realm that teachers have the greatest influence on.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
Komiti Pasifika Education Plan: Submission May 2012 Contains Komiti Pasifika Submission on the Pasifika Education Plan 2013-2017 and an extract from the March ERO report re impact and effect of the Plan 2009 - 2012
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December 19, 2016 19/12/16
Ministerial Inquiry into Novopay: Submission April 2013 Submission includes results of a PPTA survey into Novopay impacts on pay period 24, 2013.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
MoE Review on Technology Provision for Year 7 and 8 Students in Greater Christchurch: Submission March 2014 Endorses points made in the submission from the Canterbury Manual teachers, and adds some comments on the funding and staffing aspects of the proposal. One of things that was abundantly clear in the survey was how much the students enjoy their technology classes. Care should be taken about making changes that suit the agenda of the adults but put quality provision at risk for the students.
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16
NZTC Policy-Comparison: Comment June-2013 Comments on proposed changes to the NZ Teachers' Council
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December 15, 2016 15/12/16