‘The Government’s announcement to work collaboratively with the sector to harness leadership strengths and the skills of expert teachers has the potential to lift the achievement of more children,’ said Philip Harding, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF). 

The announcement to invest in change principals, executive principals, lead teachers and expert teachers is intended to help retain experienced, high quality teaching professionals to benefit a much wider cohort of students than just those in their own schools.

Two reports released this week have revealed that the National Standards education policy has failed to fire,’ said Philip Harding, President of The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF).

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Education Hekia Parata, of a review of statutory interventions.

“Statutory interventions are an important part of the education landscape”, said National President, Philip Harding, “but when they go wrong they can go so badly wrong that a school and community is damaged and not helped. 

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) has expressed cautious optimism about some of the proposed changes to the NZ Teachers’ Council, which were announced last week by the Minister of Education, and is uneasy about the selection process of the governing board.

‘We are pleased to see the creation of an independent professional body, and can see the advantages of separating registration and practising certificates,’ said NZPF National President, Philip Harding.  

‘A new set of league tables ranking primary schools according to their national standards results will soon be made public,’ said Philip Harding, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

‘Recommendations from the ‘National Standards Aggregate Results Advisory Group’ to the Minster are pointing to a lack of confidence in the standards themselves, and call for reviewing processes to be implemented claims a spokesperson for the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, Paul Drummond.

The High Court ruling declaring that the decision to close Phillipstown school was unlawful highlights that there were flaws in the consultation process.

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) has been informed that Fairfax Media has submitted an Official Information Act request which will again see children’s national standards results compared on the Stuff website as if education was a competition between schools.

The Ministry’s own recently commissioned report on national standards states that last year’s results are “not dependable” and therefore cannot be trusted to represent how well a school is doing.

A new drive to raise Māori educational achievement is underway through a joint initiative by Te Akatea and The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) with the support of the Ministry of Education (MOE).

This Māori Achievement Collaboration (MAC) will be led by the profession and aims to provide education that embraces what it means to be Māori and ensures students will have access to te ao Māori – language, culture, marae, tikanga and resources.

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation President, Philip Harding has expressed frustration and disappointment at the suggestion that national standards data would currently be used as a measure of school failure with the consequence of statutory intervention.

“The Minister continues to talk up national standards data as a reliable indicator of school performance, when her own Ministry’s recently released report states that these standards lack dependability – in other words the data they generate are not valid or reliable,” he said.

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