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Source: Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA)

Removing teacher appraisal is a key workload reduction win from the settlement of the teacher collective agreements this year.

Minister of Education Chris Hipkins, PPTA president Jack Boyle and Secretary for Education Iona Holsted all expressed no confidence in teacher appraisal, noting there is a lack of evidence that appraisal lifts teacher quality or improves student outcomes.

The current system has contributed to a low trust environment, which is good for no one. Now is the time to move towards a high trust model. To this end, minister Hipkins will introduce legislation to the house to remove any reference to teacher appraisal. The expected timeframe is that legislation will be introduced by the end of 2019, with an effective date of 1 July 2020.

Time to wind down appraisal processes

In the meantime, members and branches are advised to wind down their current appraisal processes in anticipation of the law change.

There is already no requirement for onerous items like inquiry or portfolios of evidence. The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand clarifies this below, where it is also stated the council relies on the opinion of professional teachers, not paperwork.

Latest appraisal news (teachingcouncil.nz)

Alternatives to burdensome appraisal

Instead of burdensome appraisal systems, teachers are advised to:

• Have professional conversations with each other (at least two per year)
• Undertake an annual lesson observation (two in the case of PCTs)
• Engage in reflective practice
• Undertake professional learning and development
• Have brief documentation of the fact that the above actions have occurred, not create evidential documents

PPTA is interested in what branches are doing as we move towards the new low-workload, high trust environment. We want to share stories through the PPTA News, so please make contact with us if you have a story to share with your comrades across the motu.

Contact: Anna Kirtlan news@ppta.org.nz

Last modified on Monday, 18 November 2019 13:17

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