E te whānau, ngā tumuaki o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou katoa
What a fantastic day we had at our NZPF Moot last Friday! I want to thank every regional president who travelled from Te Tai Tokerau in the north to Murihiku in the south, from Taranaki in the west and from Te Tai Rawhiti in the east, to make their contribution on your behalf.
The Moot topic was about 'change' and 'navigating change' which is challenging for us all. This year executive members sat with participants and recorded all the good ideas and debates on a shared google doc. All of that information is now being collated and will be shared with the participants and then with all principals through this newsletter and our NZPF website. The material will inform our draft political manifesto and our position when advocating on your behalf. In due course that too will be shared with you through this newsletter.
You can access my speech to the Moot participants here
Our first scan of the Moot recordings is showing that top of your priority list is managing children with high learning and behavioural needs. We note that this is totally consistent with the survey we conducted last year. Given that there has been no change since then, I want you to know that I have asked Ministry staff responsible for resourcing learning support to convene a meeting to discuss this issue. The two major problems coming through are the lack of specialist professional support and funding.
Next week I shall be in Edinburgh, with the Minister and other sector leaders, attending the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. This is an annual event. The Minister will be updating her 2016 commitments to the profession which are to embed professional collaboration and career pathways to grow student learning outcomes through CoLs; and explore opportunities for career pathways between ECE, schools and government to strengthen the system and PLD. I look forward to sharing our views on collaboration, career pathways and PLD at the summit.
Our first Rural Matters
publication for the year has just been posted on our website. It is designed by our Vice President Karen Brisco, to support rural principals and principals leading small schools, but there are tips and messages which may be of benefit to all of you!
You will see below an extensive notice on Banking Staffing from our Life Member, Gavin Price which we included last week as well. Take the time to read it because the advice could save you both time and money.
I welcome your feedback and thank all of you who have written to me. I promise to always respond to your comments and questions.