Iain Taylor

Teacher unions happy to see the back of tone-deaf Parata

The teacher unions have never been happy with a single Education Minister, ever. It is no surprise they are happy to see the back of Hekia Parata.

During her time Ms Parata clashed with education groups including teacher unions. She told reporters she hoped she would be leaving with a mutually respectful relationship with the unions.

“I have tried to involve the unions early in decision-making processes, I’ve set up forums where they are involved. They’re on every key working group since I’ve been in this role,” she said.

That was her one mistake. You can’t deal honourably or constructively or even respectfully with teacher unions, ever.

And to show that is true the teacher unions have been dancing on her political grave.

The president of early childhood and primary school teacher union Educational Institute, Louise Green, said that inclusiveness was triggered by the government’s failed 2012 attempt to increase class sizes.

“Were they opportunities where we were really listened to? There were times when we felt that our voice was heard and there are other times that we felt that we weren’t.”

PPTA president Angela Roberts said when the minister did listen, things went well, but that did not always happen.

“When she has allowed herself and her ministry to engage sincerely with us, the profession, we’ve been able to see some interesting and good policies come through, such as the resourcing of collaboration between schools. And when she doesn’t, we get disastrous ideas.”

Ms Roberts said the government’s policies under Ms Parata had been a mixed bag.

“The collaboration between schools is at a very very early stage yet, it is the first time anyone has tried to push back against the collaborative model, but it is all going to be undermined by things like the COOLs (online schools) and bulk funding.”

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NZPF president on Charter schools – “parents have quite enough choice already”

The principal of Manurewa Intermediate is Iain Taylor. He is also the president of the Principals union, the NZ Principals Federation.

Bryan Bruce thought this guy rocked and his school should be the model for all NZ schools.

But his latest missive to the union members reveals a great deal about him.

This last week has been a ‘media frenzy’ with the main issue being the pre-Budget announcement that the Government is going to fund seven more charter schools.   We released a media statement to say that charter schools are not wanted, parents have quite enough choice already and the money should be spent on making every public school a great school.   No substantial evaluation of existing charter schools has been done to give any confidence that New Zealanders can benefit from having more of them.

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Not like Bryan Bruce’s TV3 “documentary” wasn’t premeditated

This Tuesday night TV3 have a documentary where “journalist” Bryan Bruce “investigates” NZ schools and tells us the “system is broken”. It is not when Charters are mooted but is otherwise

He thinks Finland is where we should be looking to, just like David Shearer once thought:

He believes not only that a centralised education system, such as Finland’s, is best, but also that inquiry learning that teaches critical thinking is the way to go.

I’m not sure the teacher unions would like the Finnish solution for schooling. I covered this before:

“[Teachers] have to be educated at least to Master’s level, even for primary school teachers, and are thoroughly immersed in educational theory.”

Problem 7: The NZEI and PPTA would fall even further out of their trees if a political party on the Right proposed that all teachers needed Masters degrees and that those without one needed to re-train. They would also go nuts of someone suggested placing a good academic standard of Maths and Science as an entry requirement into Primary teacher training (something actually desperately needed in NZ).

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Save $700 per year per child – send them to a Charter School

The hypocrisy of the Left has no limits.

They complain about the cost of education – uniform, stationery, donations, trips.

They complain that Charter schools could aim to make a profit (despite them all being “not for profit’).

Then when some provide all of those things for no extra cost they then accuse them of bribery.

The person making the “bribery” call is Iain Taylor – the Principal of Manurewa Intermediate who is bitter as families are flooding into South Auckland Middle School which is just down the road from his school.   Read more »

No need for Charter Schools says Principal with Charter School neighbour

Principal Iain Taylor, who is President of the Principals’ Federation, says there is no need for Charter schools. His point of view is understandable given the fact that a Charter school is currently in direct competition with his school, Manurewa Intermediate.

South Auckland Middle School has gone from zero to 150 students and now has waiting lists after only two years in the area. Due to demand they are planning for 180 students for 2017. Clearly, there is a demand for a quality alternative in the Manurewa area. No one is suggesting that Manurewa Intermediate is a bad school. In fact, it featured on Seven Sharp as a school that has experienced a turnaround under Iain’s stewardship.

There should be room for two innovative intermediate schools in the South Auckland area. Manurewa Intermediate may be great and have plenty to offer students but, clearly, there are those who think South Auckland Middle School is better.

PHOTO-South Auckland Middle School facebook page

PHOTO-South Auckland Middle School facebook page

Iain’s message that there is not a problem with children falling through the cracks because of New Zealand teachers’ professionalism is not logical. Charter schools were not created to fix a problem with a lack of professionalism amongst New Zealand teachers. Teachers are not the problem, as we do have world class teachers. Charter Schools were created to address the problem of those students who are not getting the attention and assistance they need to succeed in State schools with large class sizes. Charter Schools were created to address the issues of barriers to student participation, such as the cost of uniforms and stationery.

The president of the Principals Federation says an international study that ranked New Zealand teachers among the best in the world shows there is no need for charter schools.

The OECD study found New Zealand teachers ranked in the top four countries of the world when it comes to professionalism.   Read more »

Another email from Perry Rush

Another email via the tipline showing that the union organised opposition to National Standards are planning to ignore government policy and refuse to submit National Standards data to the Ministry or at the very least to submit them in a format that makes things difficult. Worse they are inciting more schools to essentially break the law:
Email from Perry Rush

Perry Rush is, of course, the principal of Island Bay School in Wellington, and was among a number of principals plotting to take over the School Trustees Association. – along with the likes of Labour candidate Pat Newman, Auckland’s Iain Taylor, the NZEI’s Frances Nelson and the infamous Marlene Campbell, who called Anne Tolley “Hitler”.

An email exchange shows principals involved in a boycott of the standards discussed “dealing with” the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

“The easiest way is for us to quietly take over regional organisations of NZSTA … Just imagine NZSTA run by principals!” an email written by Hora Hora School principal Pat Newman states.

Mr Newman is former president of the Principals’ Federation and the immediate past president of the Tai Tokerau Principals Association.

He is one of two Labour Party members vying for selection to stand as the Labour candidate in Whangarei next year.

His email was sent to, among others, Denise Torrey, president of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association; Frances Nelson, president of the national primary teachers’ union; Iain Taylor, president of the Auckland Primary Principals Association, and Perry Rush, Island Bay School principal.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School and a member of the Southland Primary Principals Association executive, which this week called Education Minister Anne Tolley “Minister Hitler”, was also a recipient. All have been vocal critics of the national standards.

Mr Taylor responded to Mr Newman’s August 20 email with: “Oh that the go!! Great thinking … loved ya email to her too … man she awful!!” Mr Taylor was referring to NZSTA president Lorraine Kerr, who has refused to criticise or fully endorse the standards.

So you can see the calibre of the company he keeps……

These guys however just keep on repeating lies – and hope lazy journalists pick up on them. So the stuff about flaws is crap – as is Standards failing overseas – they have never been introduced overseas. (Standard testing has – ie one test on one day – but that’s not what National’s policy is implementing – here in New Zealand we are monitoring kids throughout the year.) We know that it is all crap because the union is hiring a useful idiot to conduct “independent” research to confirm their lies.

There’s no doubt this is a political campaign, with Perry Rush and other principals trying to dupe and bully boards into signing off on something they probably don’t understand – while trusting their principals to be professional.

Rush has constantly exagerrated the numbers he has backing him – and this is yet another petty protest as he knows he is getting no traction whatsoever in the media.

BUT what Perry Rush doesn’t tell the boards – and this is the bit that readers will appreciate – if schools don’t set targets against Standards, the Ministry won’t have the info to target funding for the kids and schools which need it. So they will miss out on millions in resourcing, and kids in these schools will continue to fail – all because of politics. Parents will then be demanding an explanation from their school. They should be demanding an explanation fromt heir schools now about why they are trying to circumvent government policy that could well affect future funding.

Also – schools which don’t set targets won’t have access to professional development for their teachers – which is worth about $80 million a year.

Of course, the other reason they don’t want to set targets is that communities will then find out which principals/teachers aren’t up to scratch – and again parents will, rightly, demand answers.

Both NZEI and the Principals’ Federation flounced out of the independent advisory group which was set up to address concerns. Of course they are only interested in union members – not kids. They honestly believe Labour will win the election and they can go back to the bad old days where parents were kept in the dark about how their kids are doing in school.

They’ve never forgiven Anne Tolley for introducing this without them giving the OK – and now the unions can’t get their voice heard and it’s killing them.

By the way – these are primary school kids – they don’t pass or fail – it’s only by identifying which kids are struggling that they can be given additional support so they can read, write and do maths properly. A lot of schools already say they know which kids are struggling – which begs the question – what the hell have they been doing about it?

Time to smash the Teachers Unions, all of them, hard

The Dompost shows the very great lengths that the Tweetchers and Principals are prepared to go to to control the sector.

A group of rebel principals plotted to “quietly take over” an association representing 90 per cent of school boards in an effort to overwhelm the national standards debate, leaked emails suggest.

An email exchange shows principals involved in a boycott of the standards discussed “dealing with” the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

“The easiest way is for us to quietly take over regional organisations of NZSTA … Just imagine NZSTA run by principals!” an email written by Hora Hora School principal Pat Newman states.

Mr Newman is former president of the Principals’ Federation and the immediate past president of the Tai Tokerau Principals Association.

He is one of two Labour Party members vying for selection to stand as the Labour candidate in Whangarei next year.

His email was sent to, among others, Denise Torrey, president of the Canterbury Primary Principals Association; Frances Nelson, president of the national primary teachers’ union; Iain Taylor, president of the Auckland Primary Principals Association, and Perry Rush, Island Bay School principal.

Marlene Campbell, principal of Invercargill’s Salford School and a member of the Southland Primary Principals Association executive, which this week called Education Minister Anne Tolley “Minister Hitler”, was also a recipient. All have been vocal critics of the national standards.

Mr Taylor responded to Mr Newman’s August 20 email with: “Oh that the go!! Great thinking … loved ya email to her too … man she awful!!” Mr Taylor was referring to NZSTA president Lorraine Kerr, who has refused to criticise or fully endorse the standards.

The organisation they wanted to infiltrate and take over by stealth is the same organisation that reminded Borads of Trustees that they were now to pass any school funds on to the illegal boycott of National Standards. No wonder the Labour member activist Principals wanted to take it over.

While Labour candidate presumptive Pat Newman thinks that it is all much ado about nothing his vast protest against the implementation of government policy seems to be unravelling before their very eyes. With leak after leak of documents showing their meddling, their nicking of state funding to pay for the protest and the outright lies of their cause, is it any surprise then that we find out that a third of the schools that Pat Newman and his fellow conspirators have declared to be in their cabal, aren’t, in fact.

Nearly a third of the schools that said they had no confidence in National Standards have told the Ministry of Education they do in fact plan to implement the controversial scheme.

A group called Boards Taking Action Coalition said last week that the trustees from 225 schools around the country had issued a vote of no confidence in National Standards. As a result those schools would refuse to set student achievements targets for next year until the system was reviewed.

The next day the ministry starting contacting all of the protesting schools’ boards of trustees to check the claim.

The Herald has learned 66 of the 225 coalition boards indicated their schools planned to implement the standards in full. A further 109 said they would take some form of action or were yet to decide if they would implement the standards in full. Fifty schools are yet to be contacted.

The ministry yesterday said it could not comment as it had not finished making all the calls.

So this means that the cabal of conspirators are in fact big fat liars. Worse thing is that these people are in charge of teaching our children.

I think it is high time that there was a general smacking around of the teacher and principal unions. They certainly shouldn’t be able to avail themselves of taxpayers funds to mount their protests.

While we are smacking about uppity teachers, i see that the Herald has also picked up that Marlene Campbell just can’t seem to say sorry like she means it. If there was any case for the sacking of a Principal it is her case, and I would put a commissioner into her school, along with Perry Rush’s and Pat Newman’s.

Another day, another leaked email

I have obtained another email, this time from Iain Taylor, the Chair of the Auckland Primary Principals Association. This email shows clearly that the APPA along with Perry Rush have been orchestrating the so called BoT boycott of National Standards, essentially behind the BoT’s backs.

This email sent out earlier, sometime in September directly contradicts the emails that I leaked yesterday between Iain Taylor and a parent.

What is becoming totally clear is that the BoT’s in many of the schools that are part of the boycott have been hoodwinked by the principals.

My understanding from many emails that I have received is that there is now a revolt on against the principals and their actions and many urgent, extraordinary board meetings are being called to reverse the boycott. As early as next week we should start seeing announcements that schools previously listed as supporting the boycott by APPA and Perry Rush are actually in support of National Standards and they do not the support the actions of the APPA, the NZEI or NZPF.

Parents are seething and the Principals and teachers are going to cop it.

Iain Taylor email to APPA Council