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We have just had our second to last executive meeting of the year! When you look at the size of the agenda and its 16 appendices of reference documents, you realise just how much is going on here in Wellington!
Here are some highlights of what we covered.
1. The Education Act Update Bill was a major focus and I am pleased to say that after a long and meaty discussion on the mainl areas, we can now share our submission
with you. Your executive is uneasy about many parts of the Update, especially those that undermine the intent of Tomorrow's Schools.
Abolishing charters would destroy the cornerstone of Tomorrow's Schools
which is the partnership between schools and their local communities. Legislating for one Board of Trustees to govern more than one school is also disturbing, given that in exceptional circumstances it is possible to do this now. We don't support legislative change to make this common practice. We also had a long discussion on the CoLs and continue to oppose the leadership structure which creates barriers to quality collaboration.
2. The Ministry is about to appoint the provider to take up the contract to administer and coordinate 21 more Principal Leadership Advisors (PLAs) across the country. We are delighted that the Ministry has agreed that principals need more support and that this support should come from the profession. All PLAs will be current or recently retired principals.
3. NZPF and other sector heads sent a joint letter to the Minister to say that we do not support the introduction of COOLS as a new school option. The Minister has rejected our position.
4. The NZPF Moot topic for 2017 will be 'Challenging Change'. We will be inviting spokespeople from each political party to answer questions on their education policies
5. Note that registrations for the NZPF Queenstown conference 2017 will open next week. Because of venue constraints there are limited tickets for the conference dinner so if you want to secure a 'place at the table' it would pay to get in early.
6. I have been out and about in the regions a lot lately and first, thanks to all the associations who have hosted me. What shocked me is how many of you in smaller areas are really struggling with everything that's coming at you. It just makes those extra PLAs even more important. You sure need their extra support and mentoring.
7. Here is a link
to a survey that was sent out to you as a special flyer earlier today. It came from our executive team focussing on special education. They want to know more about how you manage inclusiveness in your schools so that we can advocate for the help you need.
We have already received one query about the use of the word 'capacity' in the first four questions of the survey. The meaning intended is 'resources'.
Well that pretty much wraps up the main topics of the executive meeting. I trust everything is buzzing along in your schools and you are starting to chip away at all those last term chores. Just remember 'How do you eat an elephant?' 'One mouthful at a time!'
Noho ora mai ra