Marlborough Express on the Teachers Council

The Marlborough Express editorial about the woeful inadequacy of the former Teachers Council is particularly relevant, especially the bit about carping teacher unions.

Little wonder teachers are protective of the Teachers Council. It’s probably only polite since it has been so very protective of them.

Unhappily, this has been at the expense of accountability to parents and the public.

The new body is going to have strengthened abilities to exert disciplinary process on errant teachers; and it will have a much more independent look to it rather than the status quo of teachers sitting in judgment on themselves – which they’ve been doing in exquisite privacy.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says new legislation improves teacher registration, enhances reporting requirements and provides a greater range of options when dealing with disciplinary matters. That last bit is particularly important.

The PPTA believes the new body has too much policing power, such as naming teachers facing disciplinary inquiries, which raises the protest that it could jeopardise “natural justice”.

Let’s remind ourselves how well natural justice has been getting along under the Teachers Council.¬† Read more »

Still protecting their own, why does this ratbag teacher have name suppression?

The Teachers Council continues to protect ratbag teachers, registered ones I might add. Despite drink driving convictions where he only copped a censure, they let him continue teaching and it was only once he got busted duping the Teachers Council was his registration cancelled.

But he still gets to have his name suppressed. These ratbags are more concerned with protecting their own than kids in classes.

Rebecca Quilliam reports:

A teacher who was in danger of losing his registration after drink-driving convictions fabricated the existence of a counsellor to keep his job and then said she had fled the country when his story began to unravel.

Following an investigation, the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal cancelled the teacher’s registration and ordered him to pay costs of nearly $6000.

The teacher, who has name suppression, also created documents from the counsellor, which gave glowing reports on his progress in understanding his offending, a report from the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal said.

His ruse began about July, 2009, following drink driving convictions, when he submitted a false letter to the Teachers Council claiming to be from the counsellor, noting her qualifications in clinical psychology and that he had been undergoing counselling with her.

In October, 2009, he was censured for the convictions by the council’s Complaints Assessment Committee (CAC) who allowed for his teaching registration to be processed because of the counselling sessions, the tribunal said.

“The CAC was persuaded by the evidence from (the counsellor) and that the respondent appeared to have learnt a lot about himself through counselling and the stresses that caused the offending,” the tribunal said.¬† Read more »

I bet she was registered

Labour and the teacher unions claim that teacher registration is best in order to protect the kids.

Yet every week there is a parade of teachers through the courts on charges.

Like this one on drugs charges.

An early childhood teacher has been sentenced to six months home detention at the Auckland District Court for smuggling methamphetamine.

Hayley Jacobs’ lawyer spoke of her client’s considerable fall from grace, which has already cost the teacher her marriage, her home, her job and possibly her career.¬† Read more »

Poms to pay good teachers properly, unions having a sook

Teachers unions are just a protection racket for useless teachers who screw up kids lives.

In the UK where they are looking at paying teachers on performance, new research has found that despite vocal objections from the unions, most teachers welcome the principle behind it.

Teachers could earn £70,000 a year after just five years in the profession under a new performance-related pay scheme, according to a study.

A report by the influential Policy Exchange think tank found that a regime introduced by ministers could see the best performing teachers earning higher wages within a much quicker time frame than under the traditional format.

The study, published on Friday, says the scheme – which has been fiercely opposed by classroom unions – could attract more graduates to the profession, driving up the quality of teaching in schools across the country.¬† Read more »

Fairfax’s Dave Armstrong Misses Where the Responsibility Lies

In his list of solutions to the PISA education situation Dave Armstrong forget to mention that teachers have to be good. After all – we are told they are a huge factor in student achievement.

Shock! Horror! Last week New Zealanders learned that our Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) rankings – assessing the reading, maths and science abilities of our nation’s 15-year-olds – were plummeting down the world table faster than the All Whites after a World Cup campaign.

As expected, Labour and National blamed each other. It might be sensible if we all addressed the problem together.

So in the national interest, I have devised 12 steps that might enable us to turn around our PISA rankings – in 20 years or so.¬† Read more »

An email from a teacher in exile

A teacher emails about his experiences in NZ.

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I just wanted to share with you some of my experience as a beginning teacher in NZ and my views on the education system.

Unlike most teachers, I am not a lefty, not a unionist and I am male. I got into teaching with the sole purpose of making a difference in education. So i took the leap and enrolled in a local university and began my teaching degree. It was here that the ineptitude of our education system became evident. Over the next three years, I was surrounded by a ragtag group of people, ranging from recent school graduates to the nearing retirement aged. The year I began was the first year they doubled the size of the intake, from 30-60 and this created a number of problems. Firstly, the campus was not large enough to hold a larger intake and our teacher training suffered from overcrowding and under resourcing. As time wore on, it became evident that things were not “equal”. Maori students were given the fast track on anything and everything and it soon became clear that they were destined for “greater” things. Some students were being treated differently by the lecturers as well. I remember one guy posted on Facebook, on the morning an assignment was due, that he better think about doing it. He handed the assignment in a week late and still received a pass mark. Uni policy for most assignments states that you lose 10% per day late and this guy was definitely not an “A” student. This sort of thing was a regular occurrence for the next three years and it made it hard for me to respect my cohort and the university.¬† Read more »

It isn’t about kids at all

Stuff are running a series on teachers where teachers give their opinions.

This bit of gold turned up this morning.

5 steps to a good school. As is typical the cowardly teacher that wrote it withheld their name.

Strangely children are not mentioned at all. Pretty telling really.

Much is said and spent trying to raise, for example, Maori achievement, but I believe huge gains could be made if all schools did the following. (I speak for secondary schools as the environment is very different to primary schools in general).

1. A sensible timetable and arrangement of the day which is straightforward for teachers and students that does not wear us out. It must allow for breaks such as a decent length of time at lunchtime.

2. A wise principal and deputies who are able to speak well to the school at assembly, inspiring students to achieve with specific advice, and giving clear guidelines for behaviour, with personal attention to students who do not comply. If students don’t respect the school’s leaders it is very hard work for teachers trying to maintain standards unassisted. ¬† Read more »


Charter Schools allowing freedom in education, removing the tyranny of teacher unions

Charter Schools are big in the UK and offer all sorts of differing education methodologies, bringing freedom of choice to education, and removing control from under the thumb of the teacher unions.

An unorthodox secondary school offering “cross-subject projects” rather than traditional classroom lessons, is among the¬†latest tranche of free schools¬†to be approved.

XP school in Doncaster is one of the 102 new free schools given the go-ahead to open next year by Michael Gove, the education secretary, a slight decrease on the 109 schools opening this year.

XP’s prospective chair of governors, Gwyn ap Harri ‚Äď a former computer science teacher who went on to start a company selling educational software ‚Äď says the school’s¬†teaching¬†method is based on how learning takes places in the “real world”, rather than sitting behind desks.

“We’ll be still be teaching the national curriculum, the kids will still be doing GCSEs and A-levels. But the way we deliver the curriculum will be totally different,” Harri said.¬† Read more »

I’ll bet you she was registered while she was putting out to her staff members

All of the teacher unions, and the Teachers’ Council oppose charter schools, now known as partnership schools, mainly on the basis that there isn’t a requirement for teacher’s to be registered.¬†Apparently¬†the kids would be at risk.

Registration hasn’t stopped a parade of kiddy fiddler teachers through our courts, nor a staff member hitring a hitman to whack her principal, or this woman from rooting her staff members:

A school principal who was in a sexual relationship with a staff member is to face a Teachers Tribunal disciplinary hearing for failing to declare a conflict of interest when the teacher was being investigated for assaulting a student.

The principal, whose name was suppressed, has been accused of serious misconduct by the Complaints Assessment Committee.

The committee said the woman failed to declare her “very close friendship and sexual relationship” with the resident director of the school, who was also not named, “sometime before September 2007 and December 2007″.¬† Read more »

Exactly what we need here, rewarding the best teachers


“From this September, schools in England and Wales will rip up the existing staff salary structures so that there are no longer automatic pay rises for all teachers each year.


Instead, individual heads will have almost total freedom to decide pay levels, giving them the power to reward the best performers and prevent the weakest teachers from receiving annual increases.”¬† Read more »