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    Kiwi alternative to Australian competitions now available for NZ students

    For many years New Zealand school students have participated in the Australian mathematics, English and science competitions, but now a new set of New Zealand competitions have been released that better reflect the New Zealand curriculum.

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    Calling all careers advisors: workshops on US education opportunities

    EducationUSA, the U.S. Embassy New Zealand and local Careers and Transition Education Association (CATE) chapters are thrilled to offer careers practitioners a free full-day professional development workshop on American universities and the admissions process.

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    Concerns that revised education bill has ignored submissions

    'Utterly shambolic' and 'disappointed' were among the Facebook reactions to yesterday's release of the revised Education (Update) Amendment Bill. The comments are indicative of concerns that submissions were not taken into account in updating the bill and that the legislation, as it currently stands, is a missed opportunity to improve New Zealand's education system.

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    Abolish UE, add interest on student loans - the Commission's tertiary education report

    Calls to abolish University Entrance, introduce interest on student loans, and develop better careers education were among the recommendations found in the Productivity Commission’s final report on New Zealand’s tertiary education system, released today.

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    Research shows most kids have no screen-time limits

    Eight in 10 teens and six in 10 primary school children say there are no limits on their screen time out of school – whether that’s playing computer games, using their phones, or browsing the internet.

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    Tertiary institute council reappointments announced

    Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Hon Paul Goldsmith has today announced seven reappointments to the governing councils of six institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs).

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    Volunteering as a student can enhance your employability

    New Zealand universities are encouraging students to volunteer in their communities as a way to develop their leadership skills and increase their chances of employment, says HANNAH AMANTE.

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    When did being ‘average’ become inadequate?

    JAMES THOMLINSON, aka 'Mr T', says 'Normal Poppy Syndrome' is affecting kids' progress in and out of the classroom. When did this understanding that you have to be ‘great’ to be ‘great’ become a common culture in New Zealand? he asks.

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    First-time education expo "on another level"

    Around 300 people are participating in an education expo held today that lays out all the tools and resources available to support Communities of Learning.

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    New rugby league education programme launched

    A new Rugby League education programme was launched today to help promote learning through rugby league.

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    Education Council drives review of teacher standards

    How teachers practice and conduct themselves is under review. The Education Council is, today, launching Our Code, Our Standards to ask teachers about their expectations of ethical behaviour and standards of professional practice for the teaching profession.

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    NZ universities perform well in World University subject rankings

     

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    Do we need to look to the US system for answers?

    A recent report published by NZ Initiative suggests that New Zealand should consider introducing performance-based initiatives for teaching staff along the lines of what is happening in other countries.

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    Rigid approach preventing CoLs from flourishing

    Concerns that the Government’s ‘managerial focus’ is stunting the development of the Government’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy are supported by a significant underspend of the IES budget so far.

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    Take focus off assessment, says Opportunities Party

    Schools should be focusing less on assessment and more on teaching and learning, says Dr Gareth Morgan, leader of The Opportunities Party, which recently released a bold new education policy that has sparked much discussion.

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    Popular careers app gets a revamp

    Students and young job seekers will be pleased to hear the Occupation Outlook app has been revamped. The app is there to help young people make important study and career decisions.

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    Rethinking school funding

    DR JOHN BOEREBOOM says that using a summative measure of assessment against outcome measures like National Standards and NCEA is unfair and too simplistic to adequately fund schools as these measures provide little information on student progress and whether schools are doing a “good job”.

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    Is our main goal really to produce a generation of good spellers?

    JAMES THOMLINSON, aka 'Mr T' discusses how the way writing is assessed forces teachers to put too much emphasis on aspects like spelling and punctuation.

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    Unlocking Curious Minds projects need ongoing funding

    New Zealand science teachers have welcomed the $2 million of funding from the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund, however they are concerned that the successful projects to receive funding will not be sustainable without adequate ongoing funding and support.

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    New NZ Sign Language resources for NCEA

    Education Minister Hekia Parata today welcomed the release of NCEA Level 3 achievement standards and assessment resources for New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).

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    CensusAtSchool kicks off for 2017

    Students will be able to see how their pocket money stacks up against their peers and whether they're getting less after-school screen time when they become data detectives in this year's CensusAtSchool TataurangaKiTeKura.

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    New PaCT demo site "wasted resource" say teachers

    Principals and teachers have described the Ministry of Education’s new demo website for the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) as “wasted resource” as they express their frustration at more money being invested into tools that support National Standards.

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    International, award-winning storyteller to visit Kiwi schools

    JUDE BARBACK envies all the Kiwi kids who will get to see and hear the amazing storyteller Mona Williams in action as she tours New Zealand schools this year.

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    Innovation fund opens to early learning

    The government's $18m Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) has been extended to teachers and kaiako from early childhood education services and kohanga reo.

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    More teacher training needed to realise te reo Maori goal

    Primary and secondary school teacher unions have applauded the Green Party for its commitment to teaching te reo Māori to every New Zealand child but say more investment into teacher training and professional development is needed to realise the vision.

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    Stressed out principals

    A survey of primary school principals and deputies has uncovered high levels of stress, burnout, excessive workloads and a lack of professional support from the Ministry of Education and school boards. NZEI Te Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart has described the situation as "not sustainable".

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    New NZEI and NZPF presidents gear up for election year

    With a General Election looming, the new presidents of NZEI Te Rui Roa and the New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF) are gearing up for a busy year ahead.

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    NCEA results out

    Students eagerly logged onto the NZQA website on Tuesday morning to check their National Certificate of Achievement (NCEA) exam results. By midday, NZQA had reported around 65,000 log-ins.

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    The rising cost of education in New Zealand

    The cost of a state education in New Zealand has climbed to $38,362 in the past 10 years, according to exclusive research released today. Private education costs have also soared over the past decade, with costs increasing by nearly 50 per cent .  

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    Beating the 'summer slump' by blogging

    East Auckland school students are beating the ‘summer slump’ – or the loss of learning that occurs during the long holidays - with a digital blogging programme run by literacy education researchers at the University of Auckland’s Woolf Fisher Research Centre.

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    PISA results expose inequality within NZ education

    New Zealand still has a long way to go in bridging the gap between our highest and lowest achievers, according to the eagerly awaited 2015 Programme of International Student Achievement (PISA) results, released today.

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    Bomb threats made to schools across New Zealand

    Around 13 schools across New Zealand received phone calls warning of a bomb threat today.

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    NZQA launches review after exam errors

    The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has issued an apology and launched an independent review after mistakes were made in five NCEA maths exams.

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    TIMSS 2015 shows there is still room for improvement for NZ schools

    Education Minister Hekia Parata says she is “encouraged” by how New Zealand fared in the latest Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2015 (TIMSS) results, however others believe New Zealand students should be performing much better.

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    Innovation fund reopens for teachers

    The third round of bids for the popular $18 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) has opened today.

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    New single point of access for learning support

    A single point of access will be piloted to schools and families who need to access learning support for their children, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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    Top educational researchers recognised at Royal Society awards night

    Two leading New Zealand educational researchers have had their work recognised at the Royal Society of New Zealand's 2016 Research Honours Dinner last night.

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    Bulk funding off the table in funding review

    Teacher unions have congratulated Education Minister Hekia Parata on her decision to ditch the unpopular global budget funding proposal, which many in the sector viewed as a return to the days of bulk funding for schools.

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    ERO boss appointed as new Secretary of Education

    Education Review Office head Iona Holsted has been appointed the new Secretary for Education, replacing Peter Hughes, who left the role to lead the State Services Commission.

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    Education Council gets $21m funding boost - but fees increase still likely for teachers

    The Education Council is to receive a funding injection of $21.34 million and has signalled an increase in certification and registration fees for teachers.

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    Bill to abolish charter schools is defeated

    Labour's member's Bill to put an end to charter schools was defeated 63-57 on its first reading last night.

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    NZ shows off new learning environments guide

    Education experts from around the world will today be given a demonstration of a new online guide to help New Zealand schools plan new builds and building modifications that meet the needs of all students.

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    Apprenticeships get funding boost

    The Government wants to see 50,000 people training in apprenticeships by 2020 and has today announced $183 million in funding for work-based training in 2017 to support this goal.

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    MPs vote on bill to scrap charter schools

    Labour's education spokesman Chris Hipkins' bill to abolish charter schools is due to have its first reading in the House today.

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    New ECE campaign looks to restore teacher funding

    NZEI Te Riu Roa has today launched a major new early childhood education (ECE) campaign, Every Child is Worth it, demanding a commitment in Budget 2017 to look beyond improving participation and restore quality teacher funding in ECE.

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    New Zealand's most inspiring teacher named

    An early childhood educator has been crowned New Zealand’s Most Inspiring Teacher from thousands of nominations around the country.

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    Sector consulted to refresh Te Whāriki

    Education Minister Hekia Parata is inviting teachers, parents and anyone with an interest in the early learning sector to help refresh its curriculum framework for the future.

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    New curriculum design tool for CoLs

    A new online curriculum design tool to improve learning experiences for children and young people in Communities of Learning (CoL) has been launched today.

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    NZ universities strengthen ties with India

    New Zealand's university sector is strengthening ties with India in an attempt to attract more university students to New Zealand.

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    Food safety legislation changes will hit ECE services hard

    Changes to the food safety legislation are expected to hit early childhood education (ECE) services hard and the sector is calling for an exemption from the new regulations.

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    Use of seclusion rooms in schools to be illegal

    Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced that she is proposing to make the use of seclusion in schools illegal.

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    Survey shows need for stronger parent-school partnership

    The ASG Parents Report Card released today shows parents fear their children aren’t learning resilience or the ability to cope with stress or negative situations. Experts believe this signals a need for greater collaboration between schools and parents.

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    Parata will not contest the 2017 election

    Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election.

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    Opinion: special education funding critical for ECE sector

    Early Childhood Council chief executive PETER REYNOLDS responds to Education Review's recent article 'Special Education Funding: Why we shouldn't rob the secondary sector' by Dr Judith Selvaraj, arguing that special education funding is desperately needed in the early childhood education sector. 

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    2017 PM's Education Excellence Awards now open

    The 2017 Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards are now open. Education Minister Hekia Parata is encouraging all schools, kura and early childhood education providers across New Zealand to enter.

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    Unions mourn loss of Helen Kelly

    Unions around the country are reeling from today’s news that Helen Kelly has died, aged 52 years old.

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    Nine providers announced for $1m digital tech fund

    Nine providers around the country have been announced today as the successful applicants to a $1 million contestable fund for projects that will engage students in digital technologies. 

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    Unions' bus tour kicks off as schools go back

    Following their combined meetings, NZEI Te Riu Roa and the PPTA are getting ready to embark on a bus tour in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to raise awareness of the Government’s proposed reforms to school funding. The education unions' roadshow kicks off as schools go back next week for the final term.

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    Union vote rejects global budget proposal

    Over 99 per cent of NZEI Te Riu Roa and PPTA members voted against the Government’s global budget proposal, following the combined union meetings held across New Zealand this month.

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    Education (Update) Amendment Bill passes first reading

    The Education (Update) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading by 63 votes to 58 and is now referred to the Education and Science Committee for consideration.

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    Union meetings reveal strong opposition to global budget proposal

    Strong opposition to the Ministry of Education’s global budget proposal for school funding has been made apparent at the union meetings currently being held around New Zealand. Over 50 combined PPTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa meetings are being held between 5th and 16th September giving 60,000 union members the chance to discuss and vote on the proposed funding changes.

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    Global budget funding proposal off the table?

    Six out of seven of the School Funding Review proposals will go forward for further work following the Funding Advisory Group's report on the proposals. The unpopular global budget proposal was rejected by the group, following intense opposition from teachers who feared a return to the days of bulk funding. 

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    Parata: “Let’s be clear, there is no funding freeze”

    Minister of Education Hekia Parata announced today an increase in funding to support students at risk of under achieving. Under a new targeted funding scheme, schools will receive $92 for each eligible student, as opposed to just $16 under a blanket distribution.

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    NZ universities perform well in latest rankings

    All eight of New Zealand’s universities are ranked among the top three per cent of universities globally in the latest QS World University Rankings released today. Six improved their rankings while the other two largely held their places.

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    Combined union meetings start today to discuss funding

    Combined meetings of 60,000 PPTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa members begin around the country this week to respond to the government's proposal for Global Funding. But the Education Minister says no decisions have been made yet about school funding.

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    NZ First's tertiary policy earns praise from students

    New Zealand First’s new post-secondary education policy has earned the party praise from the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA).

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    Opinion: Government contradicts itself with online learning for school children

    ANDREW GIBBONS says the government’s legislative plans to open the market for online primary education contradicts its existing early childhood education policy.

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    Sector surprised and concerned by COOLs proposal

    Among the proposals emerging from the Education (Update) Amendment Bill was the introduction of new Communities of Online Learning (COOLs). The sector has expressed surprise at their inclusion, claiming that they were never mentioned in any documentation or during the consultation period.

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    Students leading sustainable living efforts

    Our planet's future depends on us finding sustainable ways to live.

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    Education Amendment Bill signals changes for NZ education

    The Education (Update) Amendment Bill, introduced in Parliament yesterday, signals the biggest update to education in New Zealand in nearly 30 years.

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    Concerns at plans to shift special ed funding from schools to ECE

    A government review of special education has indicated that the amount of special education funding spent in the school sector would be reduced while funding for the early childhood sector would be increased.

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    $9 million boost to address teacher workforce issues

    The Government is investing more than $9 million over the next four years to address teacher supply pressures. Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced several initiatives to boost the number of teachers in high-demand subjects and locations.

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    Education Legislation Bill opens the door for trainee teachers

    The Education Legislation Bill has passed its second reading in Parliament, including an amendment that allows school boards of trustees to appoint students of approved initial teacher education (ITE) programmes to paid trainee teacher positions.

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    Numerous possibilities emerge from #edchatnz's second conference

    Around 150 educators gathered at the newly opened Rototuna Junior High School in Hamilton on Friday and Saturday last week for the 2016 #edchatnz conference.

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    FONTERRA GRASS ROOTS FUND 2016

    Apply for a Fonterra Grass Roots Fund before August 31 to get chrome books or other resources your school needs.

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    Teach First NZ to be expanded

    Teacher education programme Teach First NZ is set to be expanded in a move to help strengthen and grow the teacher workforce, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced yesterday.

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    Fonterra Grass Roots Fund

    Schools are working hard to teach and grow the next generation of awesome New Zealanders and Fonterra wants to help.

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    Unions and Ministry clash over funding proposal

    The two teacher unions PPTA and NZEI Te Riu Roa have announced their intention to hold combined meetings of their 60,000 members in response to the government’s “global funding” proposal.

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    New name for private tertiary education sector peak body

    Quality Tertiary Institutions – Nga Wananga Kounga – is the new name for the private tertiary education sector peak body Independent Tertiary Institutions – Nga Wananga Motuhake.

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    Supreme Court upholds Ministry position in leaky buildings case

    The Supreme Court has today upheld the Ministry of Education’s position in its case against Carter Holt Harvey over leaky school buildings.

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    Praise for Labour's careers policy

    The Labour Party’s proposal to raise the status of careers guidance in schools has been welcomed by the education and training sectors. Under the new plan, every Year 9 student and above would receive a personalised career plan from a specifically trained careers advisor.

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    Teacher shortage a result of rising house prices

    The escalating cost of housing is affecting the supply of teachers in Auckland and other parts of the country.

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    Universities welcome $35m 'Entrepreneurial Universities' initiative

    A $35 million investment from the government is expected to attract world-leading entrepreneurial researchers to New Zealand to further strengthen our universities and our broader fast-growing innovation ecosystem.

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    #edchatNZ second conference set to push boundaries

    Registrations are open for #edchatNZ's second conference, taking place in Hamilton over the 12-13th of August 2016.

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    Redcliffs to stay open

    Christchurch's Redcliffs School will stay open, Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced.

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    Bringing sustainability into the classroom

    A new programme for primary schools has been launched to assist in teaching the next generation about sustainability.

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    Digital technology part of NZ Curriculum at last

    The announcement that digital technology is to be formally integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum has been welcomed, although there are calls from the IT sector for more funding and for digital technology to be given its own learning subject area.

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    Expert partners to work with Communities of Learning

    Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced that Communities of Learning are to get expert partners to work with them on their achievement challenges.

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    New gifted education research project underway

    As part of Gifted Awareness Week, the Professional Association for Gifted Education, giftEDnz, has announced a new nationwide research project that will explore the current state of gifted education across New Zealand.

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    Charter school 'bullying' claims

    Act Party leader David Seymour is accusing a teachers' union of bullying a state school which offered to share resources with a charter school.

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    McAuley High wins top prize at PM's Excellence Education Awards

    McAuley High School took home the Supreme Award at the 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, presented last night by Prime Minister John Key at a ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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    Budget 2016: who got what and how it went down

    Education Review takes a look at what this year's Budget means for the ECE, schooling and tertiary education sectors.

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    "No one wants more charter schools" say unions

    News that this week’s Budget will include funding for up to seven new charter schools has been met with disappointment from education unions.

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    Overhaul of careers system announced

    The government today announced changes to New Zealand's careers sector that will support students to think about their tertiary education and future employment earlier.

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    School funding review gets underway

    Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the appointment of an advisory group to consider possible changes to the education funding systems.

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    Helping new grad teachers gain fair employment

    Primary teachers' union NZEI Te Riu Roa has developed the Beginning Teachers Charter in response to concerns that that just 15 per cent of new teacher graduates are getting permanent teaching jobs.

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    Board of trustee elections underway

    The triennial board of trustee elections are underway around New Zealand with nominations now being called for school trustees. Over the next five weeks the election of about 13,000 parent representatives will fill positions on approximately 2500 school boards, making this New Zealand’s biggest democratic event.

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    Tertiary education review needs to look beyond technology focus

    Universities New Zealand has voiced concern that the current review of New Zealand's tertiary education system has the potential to undermine the quality of teaching and range of programme choices.

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    New teacher grads still struggling to get jobs

    In 2013, New Zealand Education Review looked in depth at the oversupply of teachers and the fluctuating job market. Three years on, it would appear that little has changed.

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    PM’s Education Excellence Awards finalists

    Fourteen finalists have been selected from more than 200 entries for the prestigious 2016 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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    The Herald's report: the trouble with NZ's primary schools

    Thousands of children begin secondary school each year without the reading, writing or maths skills needed to make it through. The Herald's 'The Primary Issue' is the first of a series that looks at what more can be done to raise achievement for all Kiwi kids.

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    ERA rules in favour of NZEI on support staff annualisation

    The Employment Relations Authority has ruled that the Ministry of Education was incorrect in its decision to cut the fortnightly pay of around 6000 school support staff.

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    Could principals be left off school boards?

    A Ministry of Education document concerning the update of the Education Act 1989 has sparked fears of the possibility that principals might not sit on Boards of Trustees in the future.

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    Legislation could see an end to charter schools

    Charter school opponents have welcomed Chris Hipkins' private members' bill that could see the abolition of charter schools in New Zealand.

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    New Zealand's universities shine in world subject rankings

    New Zealand’s universities shine in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today.

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    Agreement reached over Teach First NZ job placements

    Agreement has been reached over Teach First NZ’s job placement processes, after the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) ruled in December that Teach First graduates were being illegally appointed to teaching positions.

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    An end to deciles?

    A potential new school funding mechanism to replace the current decile-based funding system has been met with a mix of praise and scepticism.

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    Steps toward a revised Education Act

    Progress is being made toward a revised Education Act with a summary of the 1800 public submissions on the proposed new legislation released last week.

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    NCEA literacy and numeracy not up to scratch

    The Industry Training Federation (ITF) says NCEA literacy and numeracy requirements need to be strengthened as they are not meeting the levels of functional literacy and numeracy needed in the workplace. JUDE BARBACK reports.

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    OECD report has "innovative solutions" for low performance

    New Zealand's poorest 15-year-olds are six times more likely to be failing maths than their wealthy counterparts, according to an OECD report. ELIZABETH McLEOD reports.

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    Uproar over charter school bonuses

    Principals have reacted angrily to claims the Government paid around $60,000 in bonuses to four charter schools despite three of them failing to meet their obligations. ELIZABETH McLEOD reports.

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    Teachers' MOOC on its way

    *Just over three years since #edchatNZ was established, the popular educators’ twitter forum is exploring additional ways of keeping Kiwi teachers informed and connected.*

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