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‘The suggestion that performance pay would prompt higher quality teaching in primary schools misses the point,’ said Paul Drummond, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

‘We would agree with the Minister of Education that in school the key to making a difference to children’s achievement is to have a high quality teaching force, but performance pay would be counter-productive to that,’ said Drummond, ‘because it would create a culture of unhealthy competition,’ he said. 


‘The most common question parents ask when their child starts school is ‘how big is my child’s class?’ said Paul Drummond, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF). ‘Instinctively, parents understand that the smaller the class, the more teaching attention their child will get and they are right,’ he said.


‘The latest research report on the implementation of the controversial National Standards paints a picture that is anything but standard,’ said Paul Drummond, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation in response to the results of the latest study by Professor Martin Thrupp.

 

‘The latest news that a convicted sex offender has been employed in schools allegedly through fraudulent means is unacceptable,’ said Paul Drummond, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation today.

‘There are 98,000 law abiding, dedicated teachers in our system in whom our parents and communities can rightly expect to have full confidence and trust.  One miscreant in our schools is too many for us.  It unfairly taints our highly regarded profession,’ said Drummond  

 

‘We welcome the latest OECD report which praises New Zealand’s current education model,’ said Paul Drummond, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation. ‘It is vindication of what we have been saying for the last three years. We are already headed in a good direction which is bringing us world class success and we are ambitious to do even better.’ 

The report shows New Zealand yet again being ranked at the top of the world in student achievement.

 

‘The latest news that the principal of New Windsor School, Louis Guy, has taken the ultimate step and resigned over the implementation of the government’s national standards policy is no surprise to the profession,’ says Paul Drummond, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF). 

The resignation has been described by the local school community and fellow principal colleagues as the loss of a highly respected and successful leader.

‘We can ill afford to lose quality principals to our profession,’ said Drummond. 

 

‘The latest news that Ministry constructed league tables are likely to be used to compare the performance of schools is unfortunate,’ says Paul Drummond President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

 

‘The announcement to trial an imported model of ‘charter school’ prompts us to ask ‘what is so wrong with the charter school model we have now?’ said Paul Drummond, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation.

New Zealand was the first country in the world to introduce charter schools and did so in the wake of the 1980s ‘Tomorrow’s Schools’ reforms. The charter is the document of accountability between the Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education.

 

National’s education policy, released yesterday, will go down as the lowest point in this year’s election campaign,’ says the President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, Peter Simpson.

‘Parents, communities, Boards of Trustees and the teaching professionals who have tried for three years to engage the Minister in intelligent discussions about National’s flawed standards policy now know that this government has no intention of listening to them,’ he said.

The Principal of Moerewa School in Northland, Keri Milne-Ihimaera is stunned that the Minister of Education, Anne Tolley, has directed her to close their highly successful senior secondary school class, despite the 100% Maori student cohort achieving pass rates in NCEA levels one, two and three that are all higher than the national pass rates across the country. These are results almost unheard of for Maori students.

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