2015

A recent radio interview with Melbourne University academic, John Hattie, has prompted Denise Torrey, President of the New Zealand principals’ Federation (NZPF) to call on politicians to engage in more collaboration with the profession in developing education policy.

 
As we approach mid-year, I can visualise you all submerged in a sea of student reports and portfolios.Thinking of you as you reflect on your children’s progress prompted me to reflect on what we are doing here at national office.  In all of our work at NZPF, we are guided by our vision and mission ‘To be the most respected and influential advocate for NZ school principals’ and ‘To provide a professional voice and support for principals as they lead NZ schools’.
 
We are a membership driven organisation so everything we
 
This Special Flyer is to give notice of the 2015 NZPF Annual General Meeting, to be held in conjunction with the NZPF National Conference.   It is a requirement of the NZPF Constitution to give 14 days’ notice of this event.
 
The NZPF Annual General Meeting is to be held:
 
Date          Thursday, 2 July 2015
Venue       Conference Room, Shed 6, Queen’s Wharf, Wellington
 
In 2010 and 2011 kids in Christchurch were overawed by the generosity of schools across the country that stood up and supported them when disaster enveloped them. Now we have another catastrophe. A new group of kids are suffering, as their homes are destroyed around them, their family’s possessions are lost and their lives are disrupted by floods in Dunedin. Disaster does not take into account the time of year or the school calendar.
 
‘The latest research on the state of mathematics teaching and learning released by the business group NZ Initiative, may have reached quite different conclusions had it sought critical input from education’s academic and professional sector,’ said Denise Torrey, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF).
 
The author of the report, Rose Patterson, who is qualified in marketing and psychology, used international student achievement league tables, Trends in International Maths and Sciences (TIMSS) and Program

This week a report came out on national standards results for Maths. It showed that a sample of 39 school teachers’ Overall Teacher Judgements (OTJs) for Maths were considerably different from the OTJs that emerged by applying an on-line tool called the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT). PaCT has been under development for some years and is intended to make national standards results more reliable.

 
‘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.

Are you tired of ‘lean and mean’?  Doesn’t rhyme well with ‘Rock Star Economy’, does it?  I’m guessing ‘lean and mean’ would best describe most schools’ budgets in recent years, but we are forever optimists! We continue to hope that future Governments will have the insight to recognise the stellar returns that sound educational investment can yield.

This week your national executive was reminded of how important it is to celebrate our heritage and acknowledge the contributions of those who have served before us. Last weekend we did just that as we paid tribute to our retiring Kaumatua, Tauri Morgan in his home city of Rotorua.

This week I will bring you up to speed on several issues including the National Library’s transformation project, the vulnerable children forum, health and safety, the statutory intervention review and in-class support. I will also outline a plan on how I will use your feedback on ‘log-jams’.

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