Back in February the PPTA were in full panic mode, and still are, about Charter Schools in NZ.
Their recommendations and comments:
- that PPTA members should not seek to work in charter schools and should avoid all professional, sporting and cultural liaison with the sponsors, managers and employees of said schools
– that the five New Zealand charter schools are simply “useful idiots”
The PPTA exec must have wept when the new schools attracted staff and must be apoplectic when schools like Vanguard Military School and South Auckland Middle School generated quality ERO reports (not a bad effort for “useful idiots”).
For kids who need choice this is clearly good news (a point lost on teacher unions) and there seems better to come. The new Middle School in West Auckland recently announced their leadership and highly academic intent.
James Haggett has been appointed Principal of West Aucklandâ€™s newest school, Middle School West Auckland, opening in February 2015.
The new school, based at 4341 Great North Rd in Glendene, is for boys and girls in Years 7-10.
Mr Haggett brings experience in two educational examination systems (NCEA and Cambridge), as well as the context of teaching in both the UK and New Zealand.
â€śI am delighted to lead the establishment of Middle School West Auckland. I identify strongly with the absolute academic drive of the school.
â€śMy experience in the secondary school sector will be useful to ensuring our students are well prepared and transition effectively to the high schools of their choice.â€ť
Mr Haggettâ€™s early teaching career was in low socio-economic schools in the UK. Emigrating to New Zealand seven years ago, he was the Deputy Headmaster in charge of Curriculum at St Peters College, a Catholic secondary school for boys. In addition, he has operated an education consultancy, tutoring students to Excellence level.