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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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    Troubled Whangaruru charter school set to close

    Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced plans to terminate troubled Whangaruru charter school, Te Pumanawa o te Wairua.

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    E-Edition: An early Christmas present to the sector

    The compilation of a publication like this – one that collects a range of opinions on a broad topic – always gives pause to reflect on what is top of mind in education circles.

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    Education Legislation Bill 2015 introduced

    The Education Legislation Bill 2015 introduced today will amend eight statutes to improve administrative and governance arrangements for educational entities and funding organisations across the education sector.

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    Entries open for Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards

    Entries have opened for the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

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    Increased flexibility for tertiary providers

    In a series of statements regarding changes to the tertiary education sector, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce also announced that some tertiary providers and Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) running courses in high demand will be given increased flexibility to grow their student numbers without waiting for funding approval from the Tertiary Education Commission. 

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    Productivity Commission to review tertiary education

    Alongside the Education Act reforms announced this week, the Government confirmed New Zealand tertiary education is also undergoing review. 

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    Education Act revamp underway

    Earlier this week Minister of Education Hekia Parata announced a revamp of education legislation that will “keep what is important and working and improve what is not”.

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    Trans-Tasman education project

    New Zealand will partner with Australia in a trans-Tasman education project exploring how innovative learning environments can enhance teaching, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today.

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    New chief executive for EDUCANZ

    Dr Graham Stoop has been appointed chief executive of the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ). He will take up the position on 9 November.

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    Education Council seeks feedback from sector

    In acknowledging World Teacher Day today, the new Education Council says it will soon be seeking feedback from sector on a range of issues including leadership, initial teacher education and improving outcomes for Māori and Pasifika students.

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    New national science strategy launched

    Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today launched the inaugural National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI), which sets the long-term strategic direction for the Government’s investment in science.

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    Major education issues tackled at PPTA conference

    NCEA was among the big issues discussed at the Post-Primary Teachers' Association’s annual conference in Wellington last week.

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    Concerns at performance-based funding

    The Minister of Education’s suggestion at a new funding system driven by achievement data has raised concerns that it will increase inequality among New Zealand schools.

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    Recommendations to ECE welcome – but funding needed

    A new report from the Advisory Group on Early Learning recommends that early childhood education (ECE) services and schools have a more formal responsibility to work with children and their families as they make the critical transition from ECE to school.

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    Opinion: Teachers can, EDUCAN'T

    New Zealand Principals' Federation Immediate Past President PHILIP HARDING speaks out against EDUCANZ, the new statutory professional body for New Zealand educators.

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    Students to compare earnings by provider

    Students will soon be able to see which tertiary education providers are preferred by employers. From 2017 all universities, wānanga and polytechnics will be required to publish information about the employment status and earnings of their graduates broken down by specific degrees and diplomas.

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    Opinion: No 'easy credits' with Vocational Pathways

    Industry Training Federation chief executive JOSH WILLIAMS says we need to look beyond pass rates and focus on the doors that NCEA can open for students. 

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    Scholarship opportunities for New Zealand educators

    Applications close soon for three Fulbright scholarships for teachers and education professionals.

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    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.

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    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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April 2016
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    Ed's Letter - Exciting and inclusive PD

    I recently attended a professional development day at my children’s school. The invitation was extended to parents and the board of trustees to join staff for a day of discussing and redefining the school’s vision, led by Core Education’s Jo Wilson.

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    Values and beliefs

    JAYLAN BOYLE dissects the ongoing debate over religious instruction, and whether it still has a place in New Zealand’s state schools.

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    Election time looms for school boards

    With this year’s triennial board of trustee elections looming, there is much that schools need to be thinking about in terms of the election process, managing the transition to a new board and supporting new board members. JUDE BARBACK reports. 

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    The sequel to deciles

    Schools wait in eager anticipation as the Ministry begins to explore different options for funding schools in an effort to replace the current decile system with a more targeted approach. By JUDE BARBACK.

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    The path to principalship

    TRACEY GURNEY shares her path to a principal position at Ballance School, a small rural school in Pahiatua, Manawatū.

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    A matter of principal

    Education Review asks New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) president IAIN TAYLOR discusses how the role of school principal has changed over the years and how to manage the challenges of this demanding position.

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    Learning leadership for principalship

    JAN ROBERTSON says we need school leaders who are ready to step up to address the challenges in New Zealand education: that of isolated competitive schools, of inequity in student learning outcomes and inequity in the quality of teaching.

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    Reflections of a first-time principal

    Education Review asks Ruawai Primary School principal CURTIS GAYLOR about taking the step to the position of principal and what he’s learned along the way.

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    Creating Pasifika leaders of tomorrow

    Four inspirational Pasifika students came away from Victoria University’s international leadership programme with a drive to put their newfound skills to practical use in their communities.

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    A dose of reality: linking students with successful Kiwi mentors

    An innovative new partnership sees far-flung, successful Kiwis mentor first-in-family university students as they complete degrees in a range of different fields.

  • Bruce Ashton

    Kiwi teachers take on the world

    Teaching overseas provides a unique opportunity to work with different curricula, experience new ways of learning and develop a real sense of international mindedness. Reaping the benefits of such an opportunity are three Kiwi teachers at very different stages in their careers. Seasoned head teacher Bruce Ashton and young teaching couple Ronald Saw and Ursula Inta talk about their experiences working overseas.

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    What does being a student leader really mean?

    AMBER JOSEPH, head girl of Palmerston North Girls’ High School 2016, provides her take on student leadership.

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    PD for tertiary teachers: yes please!

    Professional development for tertiary educators is vital. In the absence of formal training, the opportunity to collaborate with others to share best practice and learn new skills and strategies is essential. Education Review talks to Cath Fraser about her Problem-Based Learning workshop, aimed at tertiary educators.

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    Enacting school vision – are we walking the talk?

    Core Education’s JO WILSON describes the steps schools and communities can take in order to achieve their preferable future.

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    What if we didn't do it alone?

    #edchatNZ founder DANIELLE MYBURGH extends an invitation to join the new #edchatNZ MOOC (massive open online course) – a professional development opportunity with a difference for New Zealand educators.

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    A positive education for all?

    Within the past decade, a quiet groundswell of interest has contributed to a gradual shift in the way that educators see the world. GABRIELLE MILLS reports on a professional learning experience focused on positive education.

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    Engaging learners in a blended learning environment

    JILL TANNER-LLOYD, Ako Aotearoa’s communication manager, joined participants at the first delivery of the organisation’s newest professional development workshop to find out what teaching strategies are needed to maximise learner engagement and success when using blended learning.

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    Learning today for tomorrow’s world

    ELAINE SHUCK asks whether educators are delivering the critical skills students will need to thrive in the workplace of the future.

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    Catholic primary schools look to the future

    Incoming national president of the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals’ Association (NZCPPA) DANNY NICHOLLS says attracting suitably qualified staff is a challenge for Catholic schools.

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    Adventurous learning – inside and outside the classroom

    MIKE BROWN and SIMON BEAMES discuss their new book, Adventurous Learning: A pedagogy for a changing world, which presents a framework for enhanced learning experiences.

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    Beyond the classroom - environmental education

    Treemendous, Garden to Table and Enviroschools programmes are transforming schools around the country – and they’re providing much more than just aesthetic benefits.

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    Waiting for the phone call: observations of a relieving teacher

    TINA MULLER shares the joys and frustrations of being on call to schools for relief teaching.