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1 NZPF MEDIA RELEASE
Boards and parents key to limiting National Standards damage
The New Zealand Principals’ Federation says it is heartening to see the growing number of boards of trustees now recognising how the current National Standards can cause harm to children and taking a standagainst them. It is urging more parents and boards to get in behind the independent network, the ‘BoardsTaking Action Coalition’, which includes urban, rural, high, medium and low decile schools in all regions of New Zealand.“These Standards pose real dangers to children and schools. They will undermine the motivation andmorale of those children who are already struggling the most, narrow our world-class curriculum down tothree areas, threatening the rich diversity of our schools, and will pitch one local school against another in abizarre and misleading ranking game.“The saddest and most puzzling thing of all is that the information that National Standards reporting isbased on will not even give accurate information about our children and schools.”Mr Buutveld says that with the Standards now being cast in legislation and school principals being legallybound to implement them, it is up to parents and boards to make a stand.“This is what we are seeing now, and it is wonderful. The more that boards and parents find out about theseStandards, the more they are realising that they just don’t make sense. It’s great to see so many nowmaking a stand in the interests of protecting children and schools.”More than 225 boards of trustees have added their voices to those concerned that reporting based on theseNational Standards won’t give a fair or accurate picture of how individual children and schools are doing inrelation to others, and put at risk the students, our curriculum, our network of schools and by themselveswill not raise achievement.Mr Buutveld says parents who want to know more about why education professionals are so concernedabout these Standards should visitwww.ourprincipals.org.nz-- a site funded by concerned principals tohelp parents make up their own minds about the issue and give them practical advice on how to protecttheir child and school from the damaging effects of the Standards.
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2 DON LE PROU AWARDS
Honouring the late Don Le Prou, a founder of NZPF and former principal of Frankton School in Hamilton.This is a study grant to assist up to 20 NZPF members from U1-3 schools to undertake professionaldevelopment. If you lead a U1 – 3 school, don’t forget the Don Le Prou Awards.
towards your PD.2011 applications close on
17 November 2010.
Updated Application formsavailable now from our website.
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32011 NZPF CONFERENCE 6 - 9 APRIL
The Wellington team has combined to plot a Leadership Conference pathway to support leadership throughthese times of accountability and measurement. They have attracted a dynamic line up of world-classspeakers to the 2011 Wellington Leadership Conference 2011
“Set Yourself Free”.
Early Bird RegistrationFee (before 16 December 2010) is $850 incl GST.The conference focuses on generating great leaders and future global citizens. Our international speakerswill educate, inspire, entertain, stimulate and provoke our thinking. This is a conference for school leadersand leadership teams.
Set Yourself Free
and be inspired by:
Andy Hargreaves – School of Education at Boston College
Jim Spillane – Northwestern University
Ben Levin – Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and policy