Report of the Secondary Schools’ Staffing Group

The Secondary Schools' Staffing Group (SSSG) was established as part of the Terms of Settlement for the Secondary Teachers' Collective Agreement 2011-2013. Both parties to the collective agreement negotiations, the Post Primary Teachers' Association and the Ministry of Education, agreed that more work was desirable between the two parties on class size.  

The SSSG comprised representatives from the Ministry of Education, the Post Primary Teachers' Association, New Zealand School Trustees Association, the Secondary Principals' Association of New Zealand, and the New Zealand Secondary Principals' Council. 

As a group, we investigated baseline data (pdf) on class size and timetabling practice (pdf) in New Zealand secondary schools, undertook a review of the current research on class size (pdf) and undertook a survey and sample case studies (pdf) with a selection of secondary schools.

The resulting Report of the Secondary Schools' Staffing Group (pdf) sets out our main findings and recommendations to the Secretary of Education.  It also sets out each member group's position on class size issues.
 
The parties found this to be a positive process and anticipate that they will engage further on these matters in the future.

Recommendations

The parties to the Secondary Schools' Staffing Group made the following recommendations (pdf)

  1. The delivery mechanism (formula) is reviewed in relation to larger schools, and that the review seeks to neutralise the disproportionate effect of the formula on these larger schools. 
  2. The delivery mechanism (formula) is reviewed in relation to junior high schools, and that the review seeks to neutralise the disproportionate effect of the formula on these schools. 
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