Area, intermediate, composite and secondary school teachers and principals pay equity claim

Area, intermediate, composite and secondary school teachers and principals (and those doing same or similar work) are currently the subject of a pay equity claim which seeks to ensure that they are receiving equitable remuneration for their work.

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Inform

  • Area, intermediate, composite and secondary school teachers and principals 
  • Principals and tumuaki
  • School boards

About area, intermediate, composite and secondary school teachers and principals

The work performed by these employees includes:

  • Face-to-face classroom teaching
  • Online teaching and learning
  • Preparation, including resource development, for both classroom and online teaching
  • Evaluation and assessment (summative and formative)
  • Delivery of NCEA and other qualifications
  • Collaboration with colleagues to deliver the curriculum
  • Professional mentoring of student and beginning teachers
  • Reporting on the progress of individual students
  • Counselling and pastoral care of students
  • Administrative responsibilities in relation to curriculum, pastoral care, or general administration of the school
  • Responsibilities in relation to Kāhui Ako roles, and
  • Responsibility for co-curricular programmes of the school.

In addition to the above, the work of middle leaders within secondary, composite, and intermediate schools also includes responsibilities of:

  • Curriculum leadership
  • Internal and external moderation of national qualifications
  • People management
  • Pastoral leadership of students, and
  • Conduct of departmental review and reporting obligations, including data collection, evaluation, and reporting of national qualifications.
  • The work of senior leaders within secondary, composite, and intermediate schools also includes responsibilities of:
  • School organisation and management and general administration including teacher relief/organisation
  • Pastoral care and guidance of students
  • Pastoral care and guidance of staff
  • Managing and directing teachers and their professional learning
  • Design and development of learning programme and other school-driven initiatives
  • Externally driven initiatives
  • Provisioning of ICT/technology, and
  • The role of principal’s nominee.

In addition to relevant aspects of the work detailed above, the work of a principal within secondary and composite schools also includes all the additional responsibilities of the chief executive of the board in relation to the school’s control and management. Subject only to the board’s general policy directions, a school’s principal has complete discretion to manage to school’s day-to-day administration as they think fit.

How did the claim come about?

On 17 December 2020, PPTA raised a pay equity claim for area, intermediate, composite and secondary school teachers and principals (and those people doing same or similar work) in state and state-integrated schools in New Zealand.

What’s happening now?

We are currently reviewing the claim and our obligations under the Equal Pay Act 1972.

 

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