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Research, links, news and documents of interest to secondary and area school principals.
- Last Updated: 15 December 2017
A number of schools received an Official Information Act (OIA) request on Friday 24 November from Broadleaf Consulting. PPTA advice to principal (NZSPC) members follows:
Schools are subject to the provisions of the OIA
It is important to note that schools are subject to the provisions of the OIA and therefore need to respond to each of the request
Privacy is of utmost importance when deciding what information to provide
When deciding what information to provide in response to an OIA request it is of utmost importance to consider the privacy of individuals that are the subject of that request.
The PPTA consider that under section 9(2)(a) of the OIA, there is a significant risk that individuals who have been the subject to competence or conduct processes, or were terminated may be able to be identified.
Schools are tight-knit places and are the focal point of our communities, particularly those that have a small number of staff or in rural locations. The sharing of data in these circumstances may mean that information about their employment relationship which the teacher thought would be private would now be shared to an external organisation. This may breach the privacy of that individual.
- Last Updated: 14 December 2017
The New Zealand Secondary Principals Council (SPC) of PPTA and the Secondary Principals Association of New Zealand (SPANZ) surveyed secondary school principals about their current experience of secondary teacher shortages and anticipated staffing requirements for the start of 2018. The online survey was open from 20 October 2017 to 7th November 2017
- Problems filing secondary teacher vacancies are countrywide, but more intense in the major metropolitan regions and currently most intense in Auckland/Manukau.
- The majority of responses from all parts of the country indicate the appointment of secondary teaching staff is more difficult than in 2015.
- Currently there are indicated to be around 570 positions that secondary schools have not been able to fill with external appointments.
- More than 700 positions in secondary schools are indicated to have been filled only by compromising on the qualifications or quality of the appointees.
- Secondary school principals are identifying the following as the most common manifestations of the supply crisis:
- smaller numbers of quality applicants for positions
- smaller number of applicants for positions
- too few experienced teachers applying
- Most principals reported being sometimes unable to find external relief cover for absent teachers.
- The information provided suggests that the 331 secondary schools currently expect to have to find around 1400 secondary teachers will need to fill their expected vacancies for the start of 2018.
- Secondary teaching positions/vacancies/appointments in composite schools will be in addition to those identified in this report.
- Advice, support and representation is provided to principal members
- Schools and principals stronger together
- Secondary Principals’ Council meeting notes, June 2017
- Secondary Principals' Council meeting notes March 2017
- Alan Vester presentation to PPTA conference 2016
- Secondary Principals' Council Newsletter August 2016
- Global budget bulk funding
- Secondary Principals’ Council Meeting 31 May – 1 Jun 2016: Notes
- Why doesn't the School Trustees Association trust our principals?
- A course for principals: Employment relations in state secondary & area schools
- Secondary Principals' Council newsletter April 2016
- Notes from Secondary Principals’ Council meeting 22-23 March 2016
- Wellington Girls College Principal Julia Davidson - Is over-assessment to blame for rising anxiety and stress
- School Decile Funding - Radio NZ interviews Susanne Jungerson, Julia Davidson and Mark Brown
- Secondary principals accept IES leadership role
- Payments of school fees and donations by parents of students - PPTA advice
- Alan Vester discusses High Court ruling on exclusion of student
- What's worth fighting for in education - NZSPC conference presentations
- The school board as employer
- Stand-downs, suspensions, exclusions and expulsions guidelines