2015

This week I attended the International Confederation of Principals’ Council (ICP) meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Forty six New Zealanders, mostly principals, took this opportunity to learn more about the Finnish education system, listen to other educators, interact with colleagues from 46 nations and some of our secondary colleagues presented workshops. Interacting with international colleagues gave us the opportunity to identify common issues as well as better understand differences. 

My apologies for issuing advice to you in Flyer 20, July 30 which was incorrect. Please note the correct advice from the Ministry below.

The Ministry of Education has confirmed that volunteers do not need to be police vetted under the Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (VCA) safety checking requirements.

As you will see from the list below, this week’s Flyer covers a very broad range of topics. I am hearing that the information you have on these topics is not necessarily clear to you, nor is it well understood. That is why I am covering them here in the hope that it will help you better understand the material coming across your desk.

We have received many inquiries this week from principals about the difference between the Investing in Education Success (IES) and the Joint initiative (JI). Some of you have already met with NZEI representatives to vote on the three propositions drawn from the proposed claims.

Below we have put together a timeframe and Q&A to help you answer some of those questions.

Here we are at the start of another busy term, and already I am into the second half of my year as NZPF president. There’s little time to look back, but glancing over my shoulder I can see where we have progressed. Highlights include our march on principal support, our national discussions on collaboration, the Māori Achievement Collaboratives and closer to home, the reconceptualising of our NZPF conference.

We have been assured by the Ministry that from 1 July 2015 the Police vetting service will be giving school requests priority.

In addition, if you mark your request URGENT it will be completed within 24 hours.

This 'urgent' provision should help alleviate concerns about placing Teacher Aide support in a timely way so that no child is excluded from school.
 

If you need to make your request urgent, below are the steps to follow:

We have been assured by the Ministry that from 1 July  2015 the Police vetting service will be giving school requests priority.

In addition, if you mark your request URGENT it will be completed within 24 hours.

This extra provision should help alleviate concerns about placing Teacher Aide support in a timely way so that no child is excluded.

No reira, noho ora mai ra

 
Denise Torrey
National President
denise@nzpf.ac.nz
‘Target setting for standardised assessment measures is not the way to improve students’ learning or create viable future learning pathways for our young people,’ said Denise Torrey, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF).
 
‘I am not surprised that there are schools reporting the percentage of NCEA results based only on the students who participate, whilst taking no account of the students who are not participating in these exams,’ said Torrey.
 
VULNERABLE CHILDREN'S ACT (VCA)
Many of you have been asking questions about the VCA, especially how to interpret some of the provisions.
 
Flooding Affecting Our Children in the Whanganui and Rangitikei Area
As many parts of Whanganui and the Rangitikei were affected by flooding over the past few days we are seeking ways to best support our school communities in this area.
 
Dunedin Floods 

Donations to the flood appeal are being accepted at all Dunedin Westpac branches.
Donations can be made directly to bank account no:  03 0905 0184000 18.

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