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‘Employing a tool that offers standardised exemplars drawn from national standards has no place in a twenty-first century classroom,’ says Denise Torrey, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF).

Torrey was responding to the news today that a sample of schools’ national standards maths results compared to results using a newly developed online tool were considerably different.

A report released by the Education Review Office today indicates that schools are close to hitting the Government’s target of 80% of schools practising inclusive behaviour towards special needs students by the end of 2014. The report states that 78% of schools are now inclusive compared to 50% in 2010. 

The Minister’s announcement that she will pay five principals an extra $50,000 on top of their normal salaries to turn around the fortunes of five troubled schools has sounded a warning bell from President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF), Denise Torrey. 

President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) Denise Torrey, has welcomed the Minister’s announcement that $2.5million will be allocated to support children in classrooms with high learning needs in the next two terms and says this is a great start, chipping the surface of what has become a seriously problematic area of schooling. 

School principals have reacted strongly to the latest announcement that the National Library curriculum service will be phasing out its provision of non-fiction books in favour of providing digital resources. 

‘Digital resources are great for supporting pedagogy but are no replacement for books,’ said Denise Torrey, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation. 

The legislation for the creation of the new EDUCANZ to replace the former Teachers’ Council body is now undergoing its second reading. Without warning, it was promoted to the top the queue this week. 

President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, Philip Harding, said ‘Given that 1,500 people made written submissions to the select committee and only thirteen of those were in support, it is astonishing that so little in the legislation has changed.’

The Government’s $359m IES policy was scuttled by New Zealand’s primary teaching profession today when over seventy percent voted not to enter formal bargaining to vary the relevant Collective Agreements. 

‘Teachers and principals have been debating this policy all year,’ said Philip Harding, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

Principals are encouraged by the announcement today that Talent2 has withdrawn from delivering the sector’s controversial Novopay payroll, but warns there is a long way to go before principals will have any confidence in the system.

‘The announcement does not cure the Novopay shambles that the sector has been battling for the last three years,’ said Philip Harding, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) has welcomed the suite of policies released by Labour this weekend, providing a fresh focus on children, teachers and leadership.

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) strongly supports the notion of bolstering collaborative practice within and between New Zealand’s schools and investing in lifting children’s achievement. It also insists that the ‘Investing in Educational Success’ policy is the wrong model to achieve these excellent objectives. 

“For the policy to succeed, the support of principals is critical,” said Philip Harding, President of the NZPF. 

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