So the government has built a brand new school called Rototuna Junior High school. As you all know Partnership schools also known as Charter schools are constantly attacked by teacher unions who claim they are too expensive. Since Rototuna is a brand new school let’s do a comparison.
A new school, costing $40m, has opened causing pupils to decamp from other schools to attend the new one:
Fairfield Intermediate’s roll has declined by about 130, now Rototuna Junior High School’s open.
Until the the Year 7-10 school was opened this year, there was no other public option in Hamilton’s fast-growing northern suburbs.
The new school also hit Fairfield College’s roll, but to a lesser extent.
The 130-student roll change at Fairfield Intermediate wasn’t unexpected, principal Barry Roberts said.
“It’ll take a year or three for the number to grow back up. But we’re still here. It’s not majorly catastrophic,” he said.
“It’s students that haven’t come in [at Year 7], mostly.” Read more »
I know you’re used to the constant teacher bashing that goes on here. That has two basic sources: teacher unions and bad teachers. The feeling this has created is that all teachers are bad and the whole education system beyond redemption. Not so.
An international study has found New Zealand teachers are some of the most professional in the world.
The Teaching and Learning International Study (TALIS) ranks New Zealand teachers fourth out of 35 countries, behind the Russian Federation, Estonia and Singapore.
It examined more than 2800 Year 7-10 teachers and principals at primary, intermediate and secondary schools across New Zealand.
Kiwi teachers did well at teacher training, professional development, autonomy in their work and networking with peers.
The OECD study found regardless of decile, quality was consistent across New Zealand schools.
Education Minister Hekia Parata said the results were encouraging.
“It shows our kids have access to great teachers, no matter what their background.”
Teachers are an essential and solid part of our society and economy. This is why I’m so determined to see the destructive influence of unions eliminated, and the process of weeding out dishonest and predatory teachers improved and sped up. Read more »
The NZEI teachers union is making a push for pay equity.
NZEI is welcoming the government’s decision to begin negotiations over equal pay for women.
The government is to set up a Joint Working Group with unions, including NZEI, and employers to develop agreed principles to guide lifting the pay for women working in education support, aged care and other female dominated occupations.
“We believe this is a significant step forward in ensuring that thousands of women will finally get paid fairly,” says NZEI National President Louise Green.
Last week NZEI lodged a claim with the Employment Relations Authority on behalf of three education support workers. They earn an estimated $8 an hour less than a comparable male-dominated job.
“We look forward to working with the government to help put an end to discrimination against women who are underpaid simply because they are in workforces that are primarily female.” Read more »
Today’s face of the day is Kelvin Davis for choosing Whanau over Politics.
The next time you hear Labour hate on charter schools, don’t believe them.
Because the truth is a wedge of Labour actually thinks charter schools are all good. And this group is led by none other than its associate education spokesman Kelvin Davis.
The attendance of Davis and fellow MP Peeni Henare at a fundraiser for a Whangarei charter school is about much more than them defying the orders of Andrew Little.
It shows a major policy divide within Labour.
One side, led by education spokesman Chris Hipkins and the teacher unions have a pathological hatred for the privately run schools.
The other side, led by Davis, see that the schools can work particularly in Maori education.
In a “my job is tough please cry me a river” article PPTA President Angela Roberts closes by stating:
Public education is important for a nation. We have a great system in New Zealand and these challenges come about so we can improve our great curriculum.
So she is happy with:
– many decile 1 & 2 schools getting Year 13 UE pass rates of less than 20% while decile 9 & 10 are almost uniformly above 60%.
– ongoing gaps for Maori and Pasifika compared to the rest of the New Zealand population. Read more »
The Tories aren’t wasting any time after winning the UK general election and gaining an outright majority.
First order of business is whacking the teacher unions and their protection of dead head teachers and principals.
The Conservatives have opened a new front in their war with teachers’ unions and Labour politicians who are trying to block radical education reforms, promising to change the law to force through hundreds of new academy schools.
Nicky Morgan, the Education Secretary, announced plans to intervene immediately in failing state schools, warning that it is “unacceptable” for children to be given inadequate teaching for even one day after failings have been identified.
Writing for The Telegraph, she said an Education Bill in the Queen’s Speech next week would give her new powers to send in hit squads to replace failing school leaders “from day one”.
In a further move, she declared she would accelerate plans to turn hundreds of struggling primaries and comprehensives into semi-independent academies, and open 500 more “free schools”, despite militant opposition from teachers’ unions and Left-wing councils.
The proposals represent a major escalation of the Conservative Party’s battle with the education establishment, after Michael Gove’s free school and academy reforms infuriated union bosses throughout the last parliament.
At Westminster, the plan will be seen as a clear signal of David Cameron’s intent to use his new Tory majority to pursue “true blue” policies, unhindered by being in coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Read more »
In Saturday’s NZ Herald PPTA President Angela Roberts announced that a Charter School spending less than her annual salary (and funded from a variety of sources) to buy a Waka for their children to use “breaks my heart” and “hurts”.
What should really break the heart of a PPTA President?
Shouldn’t it be massively funded PPTA staffed schools achieving atrocious results for children that lock them into unemployment and negative social cycles. Shouldn’t it be the huge set of negative differentials in New Zealand for Maori and Pasifika students?
No doubt people are trying hard in these schools but the results should be breaking Roberts’ heart. Here a few examples from State Schools where children need help:
Tamaki College gets $6 million per year (exclusive of buildings and centralised services) but only 44% of their Year 11s get NCEA Level 1 and only 11% of their Year 13s get UE. Read more »
Things are pretty dire in New Zealand with the mere idea of performance pay getting scuttled by the unions, but in the US they have an even more destructive situation: tenure.
California is trying to break the back of this problem that puts the needs of teachers before those of the children.
A California judge ruled as unconstitutional Tuesday the state’s teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out the good ones, the plaintiffs said.
The ruling was hailed by the nation’s top education chief as bringing to California — and possibly the nation — an opportunity to build “a new framework for the teaching profession.” The decision represented “a mandate” to fix a broken teaching system, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said.
The Los Angeles County court ordered a stay on the decision, pending an appeal by the state and the teachers union, the plaintiffs said.
Reforming teacher tenure and firing laws is a hotly debated issue in American education, and the California case is being watched nationally — evidenced by a statement by Duncan immediately after the court ruling.
Nationally and internationally. The whole situation where bad teachers are just about impossible to get rid of has its parallels in New Zealand too, with hundreds of convicted teachers continuing to teach under the protection of name suppression, and absolutely zero visibility on teachers’ individual effectiveness.
Reformers say firing a bad teacher is almost impossible because of tenure laws and union protections, but teachers and their unions argue school boards and their firing criteria have unfair, overtly political standards.
Duncan, a former schools chief in Chicago, said he hoped the ruling will spark a national dialogue on a teacher tenure process “that is fair, thoughtful, practical and swift.”
At a minimum, Duncan said the court decision, if upheld, will bring to California “a new framework for the teaching profession that protects students’ rights to equal educational opportunities while providing teachers the support, respect and rewarding careers they deserve.”
But who started this legal process? Government? Teachers’ unions? Educators? Principal associations? Maybe even local government? Can you guess? Read more »
There is an old saying in business…”what gets measured, gets done”. This is why you give sales reps targets, have KPIs and keep accounts.
In teaching until recently there was no such thing. National introduced national standards and the teacher unions fought and are still fighting against them. They don’t want to be measured, because in measuring them they will be found wanting…and they have.
Wellington and Hawke’s Bay primary and secondary school pupils are lagging behind government targets, but they are not alone.
Nationwide, none of the targets for national standards, NCEA for school leavers, or early childhood education participation is being met.
For the first time, parents can now see a regional breakdown for achievement throughout a child’s schooling.
The Government has set four targets for the sector, but nationally they are missing the mark – in the case of primary school writing standards, the gap is 15 per cent. Read more »