NETS Delegates Meeting - Day One
Targeting teachers who aren’t yet new members in PPTA
- Generation of a survey - online survey (ironic that staff had trouble completing survey as a result of their impossible workloads)
- Sec teachers work long hours
- What we do and the complexity of it is increasing
- Increasing workload detrimental to:
- Teaching and Prep
- Work/life balance: how many hours during a day - found teachers were working an excess of 47 hours a week (w/out MMA or MU’s), management and principals - even more hours. Where is the time to be able to HAVE A LIFE?? Or it’s there because you’ve worked hard enough to find a moment.
- Health: when you’re taxed and you’re tired - and you’re expected to do all the moderation - where does it stop? It stops with people leaving the profession.
- Recruitment and retention: there is apparently a supply issue…. people are saying this when faced with the issue around a workload issue for teachers. There is a supply issue. PARTICULARLY in the rural areas.
- NCEA: moderation, marking, 85%, analysis, some subjects don’t even have tasks, or need to make adjustments to tasks,
- Lack of time to do work - what we need to do and also the new initiatives
- Administration and compliance - FORMS FORMS AND MORE FORMS.
- Poor or inadequate management practices - devolved leadership, distributed leadership
- Appraisal, attestation, and registration - time taken up (if something is put in, shouldn’t something be taken out?)
- Class size, lack of admin support
- Extra curricular, pastoral, data data data:
- PLD - not accessible, too expensive, not good
Who suffers most?
- middle-managers suffer greatly - workload is HUGE.
- Maori and Pasifika teachers
- sole teachers in standalone subjects for moderation
- working with children
Have we got all the info?
- Are there some things that are specific to NETS?
- What are key workload concerns for the network?
- What are the particular impacts of workload for teachers like you?
- What strategies/resources/services might help you to manage your workload?
Historically, the only way to reduce Workload is through industrial action.