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Leadership roles in schools vacant due to work stress

Leadership roles in schools vacant due to work overload and stress

Schools are facing a chronic shortage of middle leaders with over 40 percent of teachers reporting not wanting to take up the roles due to high workload and inadequate compensation.

“Curriculum leaders are an essential part of every school team but unfortunately the demands being placed on the role are making the role undesirable and untenable,” PPTA president Angela Roberts said.

“If the Minister of Education wants middle leaders to take on performance appraisals, changes in digital technology, NCEA quality assurance, data management and board of trustee reporting – just to name a few of the tasks expected – she needs to make sure there is good support and compensation for these extra responsibilities.”

“We would like to see these roles well supported, so our many talented teachers have an opportunity to use their skills for the benefit of schools, young people and their own careers.”

“School leaders must be well-rewarded and recognised for their significant contribution to the learning and wellbeing of students and teachers.” Roberts said.

PPTA’s annual conference runs from 27 - 29 September and is an opportunity for members to debate, discuss and vote on papers that shape PPTA policy. Decisions are made by secondary teachers for secondary teachers.

The full conference papers can be found at: http://www.ppta.org.nz/events/annual-conference

The conference is being held at the Brentwood Hotel in Kilbirnie, Wellington and media are more than welcome to attend. It is also streaming live at www.ppta.org.nz.

ENDS.


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