Primary Staffing Priorities Discussion


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Summary and consultation questions on NZEI policy report - Primary Staffing priorities. Report will be debaetd at NZEi Annual Meeting 2007.

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Primary Staffing Priorities Discussion

  1. 2. <ul><li>The Primary Teacher Staffing Priorities Report will be debated at NZEI’s Annual Meeting 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of the report is to confirm NZEI’s immediate priorities for primary teacher staffing. </li></ul><ul><li>We want to know whether you agree with the priority focus identified in the report. </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>Reduction of the pupil to teacher curriculum ratio for years 4 to 8 (non Maori Immersion). </li></ul><ul><li>Release Time for middle management positions. </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance Time Allowance for Years 7 and 8. </li></ul>The report proposes pursuing three priorities for improvements to primary staffing:
  3. 4. <ul><li>Current NZEI policy has reduction in staffing ratios as first priority. </li></ul><ul><li>Current NZEI policy is for curriculum ratios of - </li></ul><ul><li>• 1:15 for Maori immersion </li></ul><ul><li>and for mainstream general classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>• 1:15 for year one; </li></ul><ul><li>• 1:20 for years two to eight. </li></ul>STAFFING RATIOS
  4. 5. <ul><li>This report recommends that NZEI focus our campaign towards reduced improved staffing ratios. </li></ul><ul><li>PRIORITY ONE: The report recommends seeking reduction in the ratios for years 4 to 8 as a priority. </li></ul><ul><li>The current ratio of 1:29 is the least favourable of all year level ratios in the compulsory sector. The ratio also applies to more year levels than any other. </li></ul>STAFFING RATIOS
  5. 6. <ul><li>What Do You Think? </li></ul><ul><li>Should Year 4 to 8 be the priority focus for staffing ratios? (remember this would affect overall staffing not just the numbers of students in these classes)? </li></ul><ul><li>If not – where should priorities lie and why? </li></ul>STAFFING RATIOS
  6. 7. <ul><li>Current staffing for management is insufficient to cover the release time needed for school leaders to carry out their tasks. </li></ul><ul><li>NZEI is seeking new middle management positions as part of a career pathway for primary teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Release from classroom duties will be needed so that the tasks associated with these roles can be carried out. </li></ul>MIDDLE MANAGEMENT RELEASE
  7. 8. <ul><li>PRIORITY TWO: Negotiate for Staffing Orders to include specific time allowances for middle management positions identified in the Longer Term Work Programme. </li></ul>MIDDLE MANAGEMENT RELEASE
  8. 9. <ul><li>What Do You Think? </li></ul><ul><li>Should people in current and new middle management positions have time allowances to do these jobs? </li></ul><ul><li>Should time allowances be attached to specific positions or should schools have the flexibility to use this time to best met school needs? </li></ul>MIDDLE MANAGEMENT RELEASE
  9. 10. <ul><li>The behavioural and social problems that affect some secondary students also disturb the learning opportunities of some primary students. </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary school get specific staffing for this purpose but intermediate schools do not. </li></ul><ul><li>Many intermediate schools meet the social and counseling needs of their students by using operations funding to employ additional teachers. </li></ul>GUIDANCE TIME ALLOWANCE
  10. 11. <ul><li>PRIORITY THREE: NZEI will seek a Guidance Time Staffing Allowance for Years 7 and 8. </li></ul>GUIDANCE TIME ALLOWANCE
  11. 12. <ul><li>What Do You Think? </li></ul><ul><li>Should NZEI be seeking staffing for pastoral care in intermediates as a priority? </li></ul><ul><li>Should this be staffing specifically tagged for this purpose or part of the overall staffing ratios for these schools? </li></ul>GUIDANCE TIME ALLOWANCE
  12. 13. <ul><li>The priorities identified in this report are in line with NZEI policy set in 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the goals identified by NZEI at that time have been progressed through; </li></ul><ul><li>reduced ratios for year one students, </li></ul><ul><li>reduction in Maximum Average Class size for smaller schools, </li></ul><ul><li>introduction of supplementary learning support staffing, </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom Release Time </li></ul><ul><li>Beginning Teacher Time Allowance for second year beginning teachers, </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of Professional Leadership Time Allowance </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>Some goals have not been progressed; </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing for specialist teachers from Year 1 - 8, </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing for Pacific bi-lingual teaching equivalent, </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Staffing for decile 1-4 schools </li></ul><ul><li>An increase in the number of reading recovery teachers, </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>What Do You Think? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the three priorities that have been identified in this report the right ones? </li></ul><ul><li>Should any of the other goals identified in 2000 be prioritised ahead of the three signaled in this report? </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul>
  15. 16. <ul><li>Where To From Here? </li></ul><ul><li>This report will be debated by your reps at the NZEI Annual Meeting in September. </li></ul><ul><li>Your reps decide whether the report is adopted in it’s current form or changed – they will set NZEI policy on staffing. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure you discuss these issues and let your reps to Annual Meeting know what you think. </li></ul>