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  • computers adults

    Connecting schools to the ICT industry

    The ICT industry is finding great results connecting with schools through its in-school outreach programme, TechHub.

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    Survey shows Kiwis recognise teachers’ influence

    Eight out of ten New Zealanders believe a teacher’s job is harder than it was a decade ago. This was a key finding of a recent survey conducted by Warehouse Stationery, which was conducted to mark the start of the New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher initiative.

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    2000 schools connect to Managed Network

    This week N4L (Network for Learning) will connect the 2000th school to its Managed Network.

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    Cultivating a 'maker culture' in the classroom

    The ‘Maker Culture’ ─ the general term given to inventors, designers and creative types ─ is gaining ground as a great tool to activate creative learning and innovation in the classroom.

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    Outrage over next round of charter schools

    Teacher unions are appalled at the Government’s announcement of a third round of applications for new charter schools to open 2017, after Education Minister Hekia Parata had indicated there would be no further rounds announced this year.  

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    Sector unites for PB4L Conference

    The Ministry of Education, teacher unions and other education organisations will collaborate this week for this year's Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School Wide conference.

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    Reliability of National Standards assessments called into question

    A recent report has cast doubts over the reliability of teachers’ National Standards assessments and rises in student achievement.

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    Schools to be informed of decile review

    Schools that have applied for a review of their decile recalculation will be advised of the outcome over the next ten days.

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    Maths report raises more questions than answers

    A new report has revealed declining standards in children’s numeracy and sparked criticism and controversy about the way Kiwi kids are taught maths.

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    EDUCANZ members announced

    Education Minister Hekia Parata’s announcement yesterday of the members of the new teacher professional body, the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ) has angered teacher unions.

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    STEM subjects win out in Budget

    Budget delivers a further $113 million in funding for tertiary education and skills training.

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    Education Budget - hit and miss

    This year's Education Budget had a focus on early childhood education (ECE), special education, trades academies and building new schools and expanding existing ones. But it wasn’t to everyone’s liking...

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    Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards finalists named

    Education Minister Hekia Parata says eleven entrants have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

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    OPINION: Why did so many students fail UE last year and what needs to be done?

    Chris Whelan, Executive Director, Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara discusses why so many students failed University Entrance (UE) in light of the new UE requirements.

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    Opinion: Should teachers pay registration fees under EDUCANZ?

    The PPTA is considering placing payment of professional certification fees by the Ministry of Education in the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement. By ANGELA ROBERTS.

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    $244m for new schools and classrooms

    In today’s pre-Budget speech Prime Minister John Key said the Government has allocated $244 million for new schools and classrooms.

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    N4L finalists for two Hi-Tech Awards

    N4L (Network for Learning) has been named a finalist for two categories in New Zealand’s Hi-Tech Awards. The Managed Network is a finalist for Best Public Sector Technology Solution and Pond, N4L’s digital hub for teachers, is a finalist for Innovative Initiative.

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    Over 200 applicants for Teacher-led Innovation Fund

    The Ministry of Education has received over 200 applications for the first round of the $10 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund.

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    Opposition to proposed closure of Redcliffs School

    Education Minister Hekia Parata's announcement about the possible closure of Redcliffs School in Christchurch has been met with opposition from the school and community. 

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    N4L partners with NZQA

    N4L (Network for Learning) has announced a new partnership with the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The two organisations will work together to enable teachers to manage their moderation requirements within Pond, the digital learning hub designed for teachers.

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    PPTA members vote to boycott Educanz

    Members of the secondary teachers’ union, the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA), have voted to boycott nominations for the new teachers’ professional body Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Educanz).

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    Ministry disputes NZEI’s IES claims

    The Ministry of Education disputes the NZEI Te Riu Roa’s claim that the Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative favours high-decile schools.

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    Massey researchers find IES evidence doesn’t stack up

    A team of Massey University education policy specialists has highlighted 11 areas of concern about the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success (IES) programme.

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    More funding needed for all schools to become fully inclusive

    An Education Review Office report released yesterday revealed that New Zealand schools are becoming more inclusive. The findings have been welcomed by the sector however some groups say more funding is needed to support students with special needs, so that all schools can become fully inclusive.

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    Developments for both IES and Better Plan

    Last weekend saw developments in both the Government’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy and primary teachers’ union NZEI Te Riu Roa’s Better Plan Joint Initiative with the Ministry of Education.

  • Breaking newspaper

    Whangaruru charter school issued a warning

    Education Minister Hekia Parata has today issued the Ngā Parirau Mātauranga Charitable Trust ─ the Trust running the troubled partnership school in Whangaruru ─ with a performance notice requiring it to take immediate action to address areas of serious concern at the school.

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    Controversial Education Amendment Bill passes its third reading

    The legislation underpinning the new professional body for teachers, EDUCANZ (Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) passed its third reading last night.

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    Preferred bidder chosen for next PPP schools

    The Ministry of Education has announced Future Schools Partners as the preferred bidder for a public private partnership (PPP) to build four schools.

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    Uproar over National Library's changes to school services

    Achieving.jpg The National Library’s intention to phase out its provision of print non-fiction books in favour of digital resources has dismayed many in the education sector and the wider public.

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    Safer Internet Day drives the cybersafety message home

    Today is Safer Internet Day (SID) in New Zealand, run by NetSafe in partnership with CORE Education, and supported by a large number of New Zealand organisations including New Zealand Police and Vodafone.

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    Response to rising cost of state education

    A new survey shows that 13 years of state education for a child born in 2015 could cost Kiwi families up to $37,676.

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    Sector Voices: the biggest challenge facing education

    We asked prominent people from within the sector what they perceived to be the biggest challenge currently facing New Zealand education. Here is what they had to say.

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    Overseas student loans collection gains pace

    The Government says it has netted $150 million in additional payments since it launched an initiative four years ago to encourage overseas student loan debtors to start repaying their loans.

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    Decile system review on the cards

    Following the release of the latest decile ratings, Minister of Education Hekia Parata has confirmed her intentions to review the 25-year old decile system.

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    Sector groups oppose EDUCANZ

    The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) and the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) continue to express their concerns about EDUCANZ, the new professional body set to replace Teachers’ Council, as the underpinning legislation swiftly proceeds to its second reading.

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    Birth of #WellyED

    On the back of the success of educators’ forum #edchatNZ, another new venture has begun: the Wellington connected educators’ group, #WellyED.

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    Addressing equity gap emerging as biggest challenge for NZ education

    A New Zealand Education Review supplement that discusses the biggest challenges currently facing New Zealand education shows that many sector leaders are most concerned about the widening equity gap and the effect it is having on student achievement.

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    Top teachers recognised

    Five outstanding New Zealand teachers have been recognised at the 2014 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA).                                           

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    Schools are informed of new deciles

    The Ministry of Education has begun informing schools of the latest recalculation of school decile ratings, with all schools expected to know their new decile by 20th November.

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    2015 Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards launched

    *Education Minister Hekia Parata has launched the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, which recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching, leadership, community engagement and governance.*

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    Linwood College hits back at criticism

    Earlier this year it was making news for becoming New Zealand’s first science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM)-focused school, but this week Linwood College is in the media for all the wrong reasons.

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    NZEI’s online tool strengthens division over IES

    Primary teachers’ union the NZEI Te Riu Roa has released a new online tool that allows schools to compare benefits of the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy with other options, such as more resourcing for teacher aides and smaller classes.

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    Opinion - hazing: the underbelly of an otherwise excellent education

    My husband attended a prestigious boys’ boarding school in England. I attended a co-ed secondary state school in the Waikato. It is no perhaps no surprise we have fairly different views on “hazing”, the practice whereby older students administer punishments or ritualised initiation challenges for younger students.

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    N4L connects 1000th school to Managed Network

    Over 1000 schools have now been connected to Network4Learning’s Managed Network, which means more than 40 per cent of New Zealand schools are now using N4L’s services, which include fast and reliable internet connectivity, uncapped data, web filtering and network security.

  • computers adults

    More schools dive into the Pond

    *Network for Learning (N4L) has revealed some new features to its digital learning hub, Pond, today at the annual ULearn conference in Rotorua.*

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    Needs-based vs outcome-based school funding

    The contentious issue of school funding is on the agenda of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association’s annual conference, currently underway in Wellington.

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    New Zealand universities stable in world rankings

    *The positioning of New Zealand universities in the 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings, released today, remains stable; however, an overall lack of improvement suggests more investment is needed for universities to be globally competitive.*

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    Class size debate continues

    STEVE THOMAS continues the debate about Labour’s class size policy, clarifies some of the issues around education funding and class sizes, and raises new questions.

  • Breaking newspaper

    Primary principals shun IES while secondary principals reach agreement

    Breaking newspaper While secondary school principals are working alongside the Ministry of Education to move forward on the Government’s $359m Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative, primary school principals have voted against the scheme.

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    A different kind of education revolution

    The Innovation Partnership wants to see training for teachers on how to teach in modern classrooms and appropriate teaching methods to go alongside investment in digital technologies because devices alone can’t achieve better educational outcomes. MURRAY SHERWIN argues the case.

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    Secondary principals to vote on changes to IES policy

    The PPTA’s Secondary Principals’ Council and Secondary Principals’ Association will vote on an interim agreement that introduces some key changes to the Government’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative.

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    Opinion: Class size debate – what Labour’s policy means

    PPTA president ANGELA ROBERTS asserts that there has been a lot of misunderstanding about Labour’s class size policy announcement from the 'experts' and commentariat.

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    Opinion: More teachers and smaller classes won’t mean more learning

    The Government’s proposed Investing in Educational Success scheme has been debated in detail. Now, academic STEVE THOMAS takes a critical look at Labour’s proposed education sector funding in the lead up to the election.

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    Opinion: Linking STEM programme funding to tertiary teaching practice

    PETER COOLBEAR, director of Ako Aotearoa, discusses incentivising established good tertiary teaching practice to help meet government targets for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

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    Opinion: Fully fund state schools – abolish school donations

    Associate Professor JOHN CLARK from Massey University’s Institute of Education suggests the Government has lost sight of free education and that there are more appropriate methods than parent donations to fund schools.

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    Opinion: Realising the future of education

    Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School, CLAIRE AMOS looks at why change is needed in New Zealand’s education system, what needs to change, and how to manage this change.

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    Opinion: IES – from crude proposal to detailed policy

    Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) President ANGELA ROBERTS outlines what has changed with the Government’s proposed Investing in Educational Success policy since the announcement was made in January, and why the sector should support it.

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    Opinion: Is IES a solution to the ‘achievement challenge’?

    Massey University Associate Professor JOHN CLARK takes a closer look at the proposed Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative and finds the problems it hopes to solve to be more complex than IES can manage.

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    From tweeting to meeting

    Members of a Twitter network for New Zealand educators, #edchatNZ, are preparing to meet face-to-face at the inaugural #edchatNZ conference in Auckland. Registrations have opened for the event, which will take place at the new Hobsonville Point Secondary School in Auckland over the 8-9th of August this year.

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    Opinion: Excellence shared or spread too thin?

    Yesterday's announcement was a masterstroke by Prime Minister John Key's National Government. It refocussed the education debate on positive action, raising student achievement, giving teachers and principals something more to which to aspire, and most importantly, addressing the need to spread quality teaching more evenly across deciles and regions. But will the initiative work?

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    Education a major player in Budget 2014

    Education featured prominently in Budget 2014, with Education Minister Hekia Parata announcing new spending of $858 million over four years and the remainder of this year.

Latest Issue

August 2015
  • ED’s letter - Seeing both sides

    I am easily swayed by well-reasoned arguments. A logical, clearly articulated explanation will find favour with me – until I hear the equally sound counterargument, and then I find myself doubting my initial stance. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing in journalism. It helps bring both points of view to the fore, and balance to issues and articles.

  • Community clout - a town’s pursuit of better outcomes for its learners

    JUDE BARBACK shares how a group of schools in Te Puke collaborated and harnessed the support of its community to build a Learning and Change Network that is about to transform digital learning opportunities for its students.

  • What drove three schools ICT decisions?

    Education Review asked three different schools what has influenced their approach to ICT procurement.

  • IES or Joint Initiative? - Principals give their views

    Education Review invited two primary school principals – one supporting the Investing in Educational Success (IES) Communities of Schools initiative and the other supporting the Joint Initiative Communities of Learning – to explain the reasoning behind their respective educational model choices.

  • From bulk funding to bean bags

    After 45 years in boys’ schools, 27 of these as headmaster of St Peter’s College, a Catholic school for boys in Auckland, KIERAN FOUHY offers some candid reflections on the past, present and future of boys’ education in New Zealand.

  • To AoG or not to AoG? - that is the question for schools

    The renewal of the All-of-Government (AoG) IT hardware procurement contract provides a good juncture to look at why the contract hasn’t had greater buy-in from schools so far, and whether a new contract might turn this around. JUDE BARBACK investigates.

  • Making ends meet - schools’ reliance on their communities

    JUDE BARBACK looks at the co-dependent relationship between schools and businesses as schools try to meet funding shortfalls and businesses strive for corporate social responsibility.

  • Copyright in the classroom

    Copyright licensing allows schools the freedom to plan media-rich, creative lessons – and stay on the right side of the law.

  • A Kiwi in Kazakhstan

    Education Review asks New Zealand teacher CHRIS SHORTER about his current job teaching in Kazakhstan.

  • Web Rangers - teens tackling cyberbullying

    A new law and resources for teachers and parents are good steps to help tackle the problem of cyberbullying among young people; however, the most effective weapons for preventing cyberbullying are teens themselves. JUDE BARBACK looks at why Web Rangers is proving to be successful.

  • A plan, a workforce, and a way of doing things

    Gisborne Boys’ High School was awarded the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award for Education Excellence this year. Principal GREG MACKLE discusses how the Tu Tane and Whakairo programmes have helped contribute to the school’s success.

  • Check the blog, Mum!

    JUDE BARBACK looks at how technology is changing the way schools engage with parents and whānau.

  • Physics in the Far North - the video solution

    With modern technology there is no reason why students in the Far North can’t have access to a physics teacher on the North Shore. ELAINE SHUCK discusses how video helps to deliver a collaborative learning culture within Northcote and Kaitaia Colleges.

  • Getting the hang of IT - Learning on the job

    JUDE BARBACK looks at two companies offering opportunities for new or potential employees to become savvy with their IT systems and infrastructure. Is the growing complexity and customisation of businesses’ technology increasing the need for work-based learning?