Okay peeps, I have been trying to get information about the PPTA’s interim agreement on the IES today. My goal in that was (still is) to understand it clearly myself, and to be able to fairly and honestly discuss it and share it.
People are asking a lot of questions, and the same ones are coming up repeatedly, from PPTA members and others.
People want to know, for example:
- how will lead/expert teachers be identified?
- who will be responsible for appointing people to the new roles, should IES be put in place?
- will National Standards/NCEA be the criteria upon which success in roles is judged (Tom says no, see below)
- will charter schools be part of clusters?
It seems, from the replies I got today on Twitter, the PPTA think I am on some mission to undermine the proposal. I’m not. If IES has morphed into something good, then of course I will support it. If I’m still concerned, I’d ask questions.
In either case, I want to share the factual info with PPTA members and others so they can make up their own minds rather than rely on soundbites and bias. What I’ve found so far is linked to below.
Thanks to Tom Haig at PPTA for the answers I did get and for the links to further info, which are very much appreciated:
So far I have been informed that:
- Most appointment stuff still in negotiations/work groups.
- Interim agreement doesn’t mean details finalised.
- success in roles will be “Linked 2 ‘basket of evidence’ tht schls/groups of schls choose frm. Includes attendance/wellbeing/ach – doesn’t hv 2b NS/NCEA”
- voting for PPTA members will be in Term 4, after the election
- External panel that appoint to roles includes appointments from sector organizations, who will advise the group of schools they are from. (I don’t know which external organizations they would be).
The Minister’s press release leaves questions as it tells quite a different story:
“The Ministry of Education last week reached agreements with the PPTA, SPANZ and the New Zealand School Trustees Association, on how the new leadership and teaching roles will work as part of theInvesting in Educational Success initiative.”
Note it doesn’t say interim agreements. It doesn’t say might work. It says agreements and will – it speaks as if it is a done deal.
This despite it not being voted on.
It then states that:
“The Ministry of Education has now started the process of calling for expressions of interest from all schools who want to work together as Communities of Schools.’
This despite PPTA and SPANZ not having voted yet, and NZEI rejecting IES.
This rather smacks of IES being forced through whatever.
Which is why I think we all, at all levels of the education sector, need to be clear what is going on, and not just at our own level. Because we are getting all sorts of conflicting information, and it’s confusing.
And because if IES is brought in it will impact all schools, not just those that voted for it.
PPTA’s advice to those wanting more information is to go to them direct. After a dig at NZEI being my union (it’s not, I no longer belong to a union), a grouchy exchange on both sides concluded with:
Links to further info are here: