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Global Budgets and PUMs
You have recently received notice from PPTA/NZEI that they are calling Paid Union Meetings (PUMs) to debate the issues contained within the Global Budgets proposals. I know this because dozens of you are emailing me to express your concerns! Your messages to me are all much the same. You do not like these meetings disrupting your students' learning time and the Funding Review Advisory Group has not yet completed its work.
I believe that your messages represent a broad range of principals out there but in this instance I am strongly urging you and your staff to attend the PUMs! There is not enough detailed information reaching schools and school communities to make informed judgements about Global Budgets and it is critical that you are fully informed. The Global Budget issues are a significant concern. We need as many support staff, teachers and principals as possible to hear what these issues are - in detail! So again I say, 'Go to the PUMs!'
NZPF has observed many 'fish hooks' in the global funding proposal. It would dramatically change the way schools are funded, and not in a positive way. We are concerned that the global budget would be a far more complex system of funding schools than the present system and would create more financial strain for principals and Boards of Trustees. The disappearance of maximum class numbers and the staffing schedule leads to the possibility of fewer teachers and larger class sizes, less job security for teachers and fewer hours for support staff.
The funding review is all about creating a new model of funding. It is not concerned about the current level of school funding or whether funding should be increased. NZPF believes that the Advisory Group should be debating whether or not current funding is
sufficient and will continue to request a debate on funding levels at the advisory group meetings. For more information on the funding review, click here
Highlights from the August NZPF Executive Meeting
- We warmly congratulate Whetu Cormick, President-elect and Karen Brisco Vice-President-elect for the 2017 year. We also congratulate Deidre Alderson who will replace Karen Brisco as an ordinary Executive Committee member next year. Deidre was the next highest polling candidate in the 2015 NZPF election
- Number of Acting Principals seeking advice through the NZPF Helpline has increased
- Health & Safety continues to be an issue. Discussion on sport related issues especially where a school team enters Saturday competition but teachers may not be present; Mitigating risk in these situations.
- Accreditation panel for future PLD providers - Anne Malcolm from Ponsonby is the NZPF nomination
- Education Council Governance Board - Ernie Buutveld is the NZPF nomination
- Digital Technology Reference Group - Perry Rush is the NZPF nomination
- PLD Accreditation Panel - Dr. Anne Malcolm is the NZPF nomination
- Discussion on staff procurement especially in Auckland region which is now reaching crisis point. Noted that Northland and Nelson also beginning to struggle to fill vacancies
- Executive members have now completed operational plans for the different focus areas of principal hauora, principal PLD, Rural Matters, Maori, Pasifika and special education. These plans will be posted on our NZPF website within the next few weeks
- Former NZPF President Geoff Lovegrove has agreed to write the history of NZPF for the decade 2001 - 2011. If anyone has special photos or information about NZPF from this decade please contact Liz Hawes
at national office
- President Iain Taylor has had a very busy time in the media this past month covering 25 different issues across television, radio and print media
- The Maori Achievement Collaborations continue to flourish with interest building all the time
- Received a report on Student Information Sharing Initiative noting that a draft policy has been prepared to share with peak bodies
- Discussion on possible theme of Hauora for 2017 NZPF conference in Queenstown and would welcome any feedback on this idea or ideas for keynote speakers.
Enjoy your next couple of weeks, and remember, this is a short term!