Welcome to 2019.
APPA is ready to support you and give greater voice to your issues and needs. We also want to hear your great stories too so keep in touch and help us all to have a positive year.
The APPA Council members met last week and discussed a number of ideas, issues and positives. Information from the start of our discussions is below.
The staffing of schools remains high on our priority list but what’s more important is that we stay true to ensuring our staff are quality teachers who are effective practitioners.
Nominations for APPA are due Friday 15 February. Please check the website for information. This was sent out last year.
APPA Conference dates are set for 14-16 August. The venue is yet to be confirmed but will be very soon.
Some current work APPA is doing…
1) Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce report, ‘Our Schooling Futures: Stronger Together’ Whiria Ngā Kura Tūātinitini
The report documents a set of purpose statements and design principles of the things the task force think should be considered as the key priorities for a future education system that is fit for purpose, promotes equity and excellence and ensures that every learner achieves educational success.
The report contains 31 recommendations and highlights 8 issues. Council members spent some time this week digging deeper into the first 3 of these. A number of questions, concerns, observations were highlighted.
- What evidence is there that the self-governing model is not working?
- Schools are unique from one another how might this new model impact on that uniqueness?
- Could we end up with a more fractured model with Hubs having great power?
- Concerns about the profession losing more Principals to Hubs.
- What access, relationship, support can schools expect from Hubs if this body is going to be ‘connected’ to over a 100 schools?
- How will this model impact on funding schools?
- Is it Governance through hubs or co-Governance and what will this mean?
- Do we have capacity in the system?
- What’s the reasoning behind 5 year contracts for Principals?
- How will this address underfunding?
- Size and scope for Hubs are issues.
- What will seamless transitions through schools look like?
- Could this mean that a pathway for a student will be determined by their address?
- Will support be available and ready for when schools need it?
- How will this impact on ‘inclusion’?
- International students? What impact?
- Recruitment and staffing? Who will do this?
- How come ECE students can go to any centre but Primary and on will be zoned?
Competition and Choice
- Can unhealthy competition be blamed on Tomorrow’s Schools model? Was this not happening prior to it?
- Spending of public money is audited so where is the issue?
- What about fully funding education. Is this possible? Why? Why not?
- International students fund their education here. How is it going to be impacted by the Hub?
- What will this do to the unique character of each school?
You may have more questions to add.
At our breakfast meeting on 13 March we will have a member of the Independent Task Force to speak with us. We look forward to more in depth discussions and will send our feedback on our findings to the Task Force by the deadline date of 7 April. So please read this document.
2) Education Workforce Strategy
Work is continuing on developing an Education Workforce Strategy document which will emphasise the type of workforce needed to meet the needs of learners in the future.
The Ministry Educators, Principals, NZEI, PPTA, NZPF, APPA, ECE, Intermediate Schools Associations, NZPPA personnel have been developing the Strategy to ensure we attract, recruit, retain and develop the diverse, skilled and motivated teachers, leaders, and specialists needed for all learners to achieve success.
The second aim is to support high quality teaching and learning and leadership that address the concerns with knowledge, attitudes and practices that are associated with inequities in our system for Maori and Pacific Learners, children and young people from low socio-economic backgrounds , and those with learning support needs.
The third aspect of the development centres on the need within the strategy to emphasise and value the uniqueness across our Maori medium and understanding the differences in requirements and approach across Maori medium and English medium settings.
3) Reducing Compliance strategy task force
This advisory group has continued to engage with the sector, collate information and seek commitment for change to a number compliance actions within our profession.
The Task force is currently in phase 2 focussing on the ‘Design Solution’ and commitment by agencies.
4) Voting will be soon for the Teaching Council membership- list of Primary Principal and Teacher candidates. Please check online.
• BOOTH, Geoffrey Allan
• CALDWELL, Brent James
• CAMPBELL, Bevan James
• NEWMAN, Pat
• SHETERLINE, Richard Colin
• SMITH, Christopher Gerald
• ANDERSON, Elgene Maree
• HOLMES, Debbie Louanne
• KINLEY, Elsja Frances
• MACKINNON, Anna Frances
• MATETAKA, Mary Jayne
• PATEL, Gregory John
• SMART, Warren Alan
• STOCK, Sarah Jane
• TONGS, Nigel
5) APPA/PCT Project
Many of you have employed your PCT for the APPA project and sent the contracts through to Leilani Alatipi. If you haven’t please send as soon as you can Leilani.Alatipi@education.govt.nz
You have until 30 June to employ a PCT as part of this project.
6) Demand analysis on Auckland Schools- Zoning
A number of schools are bring contacted by the Ministry in relation to expected roll growth due to housing changes and population movement and possible Zone reviews. It’s important you discuss all issues around property growth with your Board and have a clear understanding of the implications of any Zone boundary changes to your school community.
7) Initial Teacher Education – Initial Teacher Education providers will this year have the chance to begin moving across to the new 2019 Programme Approval Requirements.
Greater partnership with the profession is one significant shift from the current ITE Programme Requirements, to the new 2019 Requirements.
For the profession to best understand these shifts, the Council is beginning to prepare some brief documentation for school/kura/centre leaders. The release of this documentation will likely coincide with the publication of the 2019 Programme Approval Requirements in early March this year. A Teaching Council representative could come and meet with the APPA, to present the paper to give us a better understanding of the changes
8) Health and Safety Duty Holders and their responsibilities.