- Last Updated: 15 April 2016
NZ Secondary Principals' Council newsletter dated 14 April 2016
1. SPC meeting March 2016
SPC met at the end of March and, among other things, discussed health and safety in schools, vulnerable children, teacher supply issues, digital assessment and vocational pathways.
2. Health and Safety
At its last meeting SPC heard from Katrina Casey, Ministry of Education, Deputy Secretary and she noted that schools already have a very good record with health and safety and that they should continue to do what they have always done. There is something of a campaign underway with the intention of getting schools to sign up to expensive health and safety courses. PPTA is offering courses but the initial ones are oversubscribed and a further set are being organised. Katrina did not feel it was necessary for principals to put their assets in a trust (especially not in Panama) and pointed out that that would not protect against a prison sentence should negligence be proven. It is probably a better use of the time to focus on ensuring that the school’s health and safety policies are up to date. The ministry has developed, in conjunction with the sector, a comprehensive guide on health and safety which will assist with any review.
Information on PPTA's health and safety courses is available here.
3. Bullying Prevention Week
Bullying Prevention Week is set to run from 16th May culminating with Pink Shirt day on the 20th of May.
See bullyingfreenz website for resources and guides to support anti-bullying classroom and school activities.
4. A course for principals: Employment relations in state secondary and area schools
This course is jointly run by PPTA and STA and provides principals (or senior managers) with an opportunity to broaden their understandings of employment issues. The dates for this year are 21st July (Hamilton) and 18th August (Wellington).
Click here for the registration form: Employment relations in state secondary & area schools
5. School Funding
Thanks to those who have filled in this survey which looks at the impact of the ministry circular 2013/06 Payments by Parents on the capacity of schools to funding a full range of activities for students
More responses are needed for the survey to be useful, which it will be, in the second half of the year when the government begins thinking of the 2017 budget. It takes about 20 minutes to complete. Your help would be appreciated.
6. Update of the Education Act - Planning and reporting; Board composition
SPC noted in its submission that any proposals which increase the expectations and bureaucracy on schools without commensurate resourcing would not be acceptable. The submission was also strongly opposed to the proposal to remove the voting rights on the board of trustees from principals and staff reps.
7. Introducing SPC
8. Next meeting
The next meeting of the Secondary Principals’ Council will take place on 31 May – 1 June 2016.