Secondary teachers more isolated

February 22nd, 2011 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The was angry enough when the NZEI settled their pay claim with the Government, they must be annoyed that the Secondary Principals have also reached a settlement, and worse they have had to ratify it

This leaves the PPTA alone with its election year industrial action in support of their 4% pay claim for secondary school teachers.

What is really interesting is the detail of the Principal’s agreement. There is no increase in base salary at all – yes a 0% pay increase. But what they have got is some incentives for good performance – Board of Trustees will decide if they meet the professional criteria.

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18 Responses to “Secondary teachers more isolated”

  1. slightlyrighty (2,448 comments) says:

    No increase in base salary with incentives for performance?

    The PPTA will be beyond annoyed. I can just imagine the discussion at the PPTA executive when they learned of this. They will be pissed beyond belief!

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  2. lastmanstanding (1,154 comments) says:

    Congrats to the Secondary Principals for joining the real world unlike the PPTA who inhabit a world far away in another glaxay.

    Mind you those of us who work in the private sector take having a perfomance review as part and parcel of our work.

    Ive always been amused that teachers who judge the performance of their students refuse to be judged themselves.

    Shows their 2 faced arsehole attitude.

    Time the PPTA joined the 21st Century

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  3. david (2,482 comments) says:

    Those radical Principals who support the PPTA and those who are holding out against National Standards of course will declare that they do not wish to participate in any sort of incentive arrangements and will make their protests evident by just accepting the 0% pay adjustment. ….. cue Tui Ad here.

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  4. Bill Courtney (107 comments) says:

    Just a couple of observations. First, the Secondary Principals’ Association press release made the following statement: “It offers secondary principals a good financial package compared with other settlements in the state sector…” so they must think it’s financially rewarding, regardless of how it is structured. Second, hold back on the PPTA criticsm. Even the MoE felt the need to give them a pat on the back in their press release for the role they played in the negotiations. Finally, Boards of Trustees have always been responsible for the performamce appraisal of principals and for signing off the attestation against professional standards for their principals, that is necessary for their continued registration as teachers.

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  5. BeaB (1,947 comments) says:

    Ah for the 80′s when principals got 16% for Tomorrows Schools – PPTA dead opposed of course.
    NB Performance standards have been a fact of life for secondary principals and teachers for years.

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  6. nasska (9,501 comments) says:

    The PPTA will continue to act like over educated idiots until their activists & organizers are replaced. The current mob have pushed themselves into a corner & if Tolley & Co can find the guts to hold out it is my opinion that the moderate teachers will roll them.

    Some may even settle to save themselves embarrassment if the photo Whaleoil has put up is anything to go by.

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  7. Red Sam (120 comments) says:

    Primary school principals received a 2.75% pay increase, back dated to 26 November 2010, as with primary school teachers.

    Secondary principals don’t deal with National Standards. Tolley’s standards are Years 1-8.

    I thought most secondary school principals were members of the PPTA.

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  8. Bill Courtney (107 comments) says:

    Yes, Red Sam they are. The main negotiating party is the Secondary Principals’ Council, chaired by Julia Davidson, which is part of PPTA. The other party is SPANZ, the Secondary Principals’ Association, chaired by Pat Walsh. Here are two extracts from the Council release:

    •The secondary principals’ settlement delivers an average of 5% across a settlement of just over two years (to March 2013) but the range varies for individuals from 3.7% to 6.7%, depending on experience.
    •It does this through the introduction of secondary-specific career structure payments: $3500 after three years, $7000 after six and $10,500 after nine.
    •Boards must have a professional development plan in place as part of the introduction of the career payment and principals will need to meet professional criteria to receive each payment
    •None of the costs of the new career structure for 320 secondary principals can flow on to the 2000 primary principals through the entrenchment clause as they are payments made to individuals who meet specific criteria.

    Julia Davidson also made this comment about the secondary teachers’ negotiations:

    “If the ministry is prepared to show the same flexibility and willingness to put in a reasonable amount of money that was demonstated with principals, I believe a settlement could be easily reached.”

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  9. RRM (8,988 comments) says:

    Don’t you imbecilic teachers understand? THERE IS NO MORE MONEY. We spent it all on BMWs.

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  10. Rick Rowling (776 comments) says:

    RRM – Labour’s 9 year BMW contract is chickenfeed compared with real expenditure like public service salaries.

    Good for a few headlines, but it’s silly season stuff only.

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  11. kiwigunner (184 comments) says:

    Don’t know how this settlement can be construed to be linked to performance. Principals need only to have a Board approved development plan and meet the Registered Teacher Criteria. This is nothing new. Then payment is linked only to experience. Basically it is the opposite of performance pay – the longer a principal is in the job the more they get paid. The % increase for all but those already on competency proceedings ranges from 3.7% to a massive 6.7% – the Secondary Principals have achieved a very good result but now must support their teachers or face a real problem in their schools.

    It is amazing just how wrong the Blog is here – so self serving but quite inaccurate.

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  12. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    One wonders whether Farrar just spins to suit his ideology or whether he is genuinely ignorant of the complexities involved here. Let’s be generous and assume the latter.

    Does he understand that the NZEI settled early secure in the knowledge that whatever the PPTA, always the tougher negotiator, managed to wrest out of this government, they get it too.

    But what the Principals have cleverly achieved, with the full backing of the PPTA, it appears, is setting the framework by which that clause will be avoided.

    So the NZEI settled for an essentially interim lowly % and sat back. The Principals have settled for 3.7% to 6.7%, as noted above. And the PPTA is still heading towards a 4% settlement, but via a mechansim that excludes piggy-backing by the NZEI.

    Looks to me like the politicians, with an election in mind, are getting through to their negotiators.

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  13. reid (15,531 comments) says:

    Luc it was always the case as many of us said here during Hulun’s execrable reign that the Liarbore-branch-unions were quiet as a church mouse during Hulun’s reign but would kick up massively when she got booted out on her arse which the execrable cow got, at last.

    It made me smile for days, thinking about how poor Hulun was feeling all wejected, but anyway, the unions were always going to behave on orders from Liarbore HQ and so far, everything’s happening as you’d expect were Liarbore HQ run by a bunch of total pricks who thought less of the national wellbeing than they did about their own bottoms encasing the soft leather of the govt front benches.

    Aren’t they just execrable Luc. The unions AND Liarbore, I mean. Given what’s been happening to the nation since Hulun left, economy-wise. They clearly just don’t give a fuck, when it counts, do they. How the fuck do they sleep at night, Luc. That’s what I want to know.

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  14. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    reid

    You have a very short memory.

    Trevor Mallard got himself totally at odds with the education sector over pay, not to mention school closures, to the point where Labour took it out of his hands and appointed the hatchet lady herself, Dame Bazely, to adjudicate. She came down firmly on the side of the teachers, and awarded catch up pay increases. The teachers are now determined not to fall so far behind again.

    The point of my post above is that DPF doesn’t know what he is talking about.

    Labour left the economy in pretty good shape, and Bill English is on record as acknowledging that, but two things in particular National has done have been bad, bad, bad.

    First, emasculating the Cullen fund by not carrying on contributions. This has cost the country hundreds of millions, at least. I haven’t seen recent analysis which will be even worse.

    Second, attacking Kiwisaver. Instead of moving to the Australian model of a full, compulsory 8% contribution (4% +4%, in our case, maybe more) National has diminished its effectiveness to the point where it’s hardly worth bothering about.

    Now reid, your rant is just typical ideological nonsense. Get your act together and do some fact checking.

    Have you listened to the talks on the science of climate change I presented you with?

    You just can’t be as insane as you present yourself here – you remind me of Saif Ghadafi’s last hurrah!

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  15. reid (15,531 comments) says:

    Labour left the economy in pretty good shape, and Bill English is on record as acknowledging that, but two things in particular National has done have been bad, bad, bad.

    Duh Luc. Heard of the GFC? You know, the game changer? The throw-it-all-away and rethink everything, thing? The thing which is still happening, in the arcane world of realeconomik, what with Greenspans’s QEII, et al?

    So how is the fact Liarbore was fortunate enough that through none of their own doing they happened to become in charge of a runaway train of an economy driven by global forces during which time Liarbore (albeit unknowingly) not only weakened and didn’t even strengthen anything, economically; germane to what they actually factually handed over?

    I mean let’s face it, Luc. If you can’t wrap your mind around the profound effects of the GFC and all that it entails then what are ya?

    Plus

    Your beloved Liarbore Party evidently acted quite foolishly, recklessly in fact.

    What nuts pray tell Luc, precisely, did they squirrel away to protect us from this GFC calamity which we all knew was coming since – duh – cycles…

    Liarbore locked in expectations which were fine in the good times but as everyone but everyone – duh – knows – duh – in ecunumik sikles sometinms gd tums dusnt huppn al tyme duh. This is what HAS happened and guess what, it was Liarbore’s own Dr Cullen doing it, at the time. A man who clearly wasn’t a thicko, like a gweat big derhead who weally didn’t know what he was doing, or perhaps he was clever and knew exactly what he was doing, and simply chose to lock the nation into this currently unrealistic expectation cycle, simply so Liarbore could come back in. Never mind about the nation, it’s all about power, isn’t it.

    So apparently Luc, according to FACTS as accurately recorded by HISTORY Liarbore didn’t give a fuck about us either cause they just didn’t care or cause they were altogether

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  16. reid (15,531 comments) says:

    mental.

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  17. Luc Hansen (4,573 comments) says:

    reid

    The first rule of space travel is – don’t panic.

    The cheapest money we can get our hands on is government debt. If the sharemarket internationally performed worse than the interest charged on our government debt fro an extended period, against all historical data, then the world is going to hell in a handbasket anyway.

    I don’t know if English panicked, to be honest, if if he just followed his ideological instincts, which are perhaps broadly described “born to rule and to hell with everyone else”.

    But it was a stupid decision.

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  18. RightNow (6,337 comments) says:

    I feel for you reid

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