The PPTA goes to battle a lot against the Government on educational issues. However they have done a blog post highlighting five good things the Government did in education in 2013. They are:
- Continued investment in and support for the Positive Behaviour for Learning Action Plan. Started in 2009, many schools involved are reporting fewer behaviour problems.
- The response to the report on twenty-first century learning and the Network for Learning. They praise the minister’s reference group as dynamic and credible and say the Network for Learning has huge promise.
- The Ministry of Education’s new approach to consultation. Peter Hughes is making a difference.
- The Aranui cluster and the secondary sector in Christchurch. They say there has been massive improvement in communication over Canterbury schools, and genuine consultation.
- The property announcements in response to the Beca review. They praise the option for schools to be able to hand back property management to the ministry.
Good on the PPTA for highlighting the areas where they are agreeing with the Government, while continuing to oppose in the areas where they do not agree. Politics is about being able to work constructively in some areas, while disagreeing in other.s