Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Review of PLD announced

Hon Hekia Parata

Minister of Education

2 December 2013      

Media Statement       

Review of PLD announced

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced a review of the Ministry of Education’s Professional Learning and Development (PLD) expenditure in the schooling sector.

“The Government invests more than $70 million each year in PLD to improve the skills of our teachers and education leaders. However, the long-term level of underachievement in our education system will not be shifted by doing what we have always done,” Ms Parata says.

“The quality of teaching and education leadership has a direct impact on the educational success of our young people. If we can improve the professional learning and development provided to our teachers, then we will see a system-wide lift in student achievement.

“We are determined to raise achievement for 5 out of 5 young New Zealanders and to do that we must ensure that the PLD resource is targeted to back our teachers.

“This review provides the opportunity to ensure that our teachers are getting the right level of support for their development needs and are being challenged to raise the achievement of all students.

“It is vital that the arrangements for PLD work well for the teaching profession and schools. Reports from earlier this year from the PPTA and the Ministry identified that improvements could be made in this area and at the Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement, we agreed to establish this approach.

An Advisory Group of sector leaders drawn directly from those organisations with the most interest in the outcomes of this work is being established.

The Advisory Group will comprise:

·         New Zealand School Trustees Association
·         New Zealand Principals’ Federation
·         New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa
·         Secondary Principals’ Association New Zealand
·         Post Primary Teachers’ Association
·         Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori
·         Te Rūnanganui o Ngā Kura a Iwi
·         New Zealand Area Schools Association
·         Association of Intermediate and Middle Schools.

Albany Senior High School Principal and member of the Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement, Barbara Cavanagh, will chair the Advisory Group.

“I’m delighted that Barbara has agreed to take on this role. She brings considerable experience from across the sector, has taught and learnt in a range of schools, and is well-regarded in the profession,” Ms Parata says. 

Professor Helen Timperley, from the University of Auckland, will provide expert advice to the Advisory Group, having developed the Best Evidence Synthesis on PLD.

The Advisory Group will:

·         establish a baseline of exemplary practice for professional learning and development utilising the Best Evidence Synthesis;
·         assess the level to which the current provision and contracting model of PLD supports the baseline of exemplary practice;
·         identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current PLD; 
·         identify how the impact of PLD on teaching quality and student achievement can be most effectively measured both in terms of progress and improvement, and summative results;
·         advise on what improvements should be made to the targeting of PLD to achieve system-wide lift in student achievement; and,
·         provide advice on how changes could be implemented to achieve the maximum impact from expenditure on professional learning and development.

The review of PLD will work alongside existing initiatives such as the $37.5 million Quality Teaching Agenda designed to raise the status of teaching as a highly valued profession in the 21st century, which will ensure high quality teaching and greater diversity amongst teachers. It also follows announcements related to the Building on Success programme.

“Since announcing the Quality Teaching Agenda as part of Budget 2013, we have established the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, we will host the International Summit on the Teaching Profession in March 2014 and hold several Education Festivals in 2014.

“The Review of PLD is one of several initiatives, including the establishment of the proposed new body EDUCANZ, that will improve the quality of teaching and leading, and develop a stronger voice, for the teaching profession.

“This Government has recognised the critical role of education to the life outcomes of individuals, and their ability to participate and contribute to their families, community and country. We are working hard to promote and support a profession that can provide the very best for our education system and our young people.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Alison McCulloch: Lest We Remember

Local iwi have plans to spruce up the Te Ranga site as part of the 150th commemorations this year of key battles in the “New Zealand Wars”, but not a lot of money to do it with.

Information gathered from numerous government agencies shows that while more than $25 million is being spent on monuments and commemorations relating to foreign wars, primarily World War I and its centenary, only around $250,000 has been set aside for those fought on our own soil. More>>

Anne Russell: Anzac Day - Identity Politics, With Guns

Even cursory research into media reports from the past forty years reveals a cultural shift in the commemoration of Anzac Day. Among other things, turnout at Dawn services has increased significantly in recent decades.

Contemporary numbers are estimated at 3,000-4,000 in Wellington, and 10,000-15,000 in Auckland. Newspaper reports from the 1970s and 80s estimated Wellington turnouts at 300-800, and Auckland at anywhere from 600 to 4,000. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Spookwatch: New Inspector-General Of Intelligence And Security Appointed

Prime Minister John Key hasannounced the appointment of Cheryl Gwyn as Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security. The appointment was made by the Administrator of the Government on behalf of the Governor General and is for a term of three years. More>>

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

ALSO:

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news