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  • Newspaper

    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.

  • EDR COVER

    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.

  • Newspaper

    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.

  • Newspaper

    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.

Latest Issue

February 2016
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    ED's Letter - Home and school

    Jude Barback As a parent, I always have mixed feelings about the end of the summer school holidays. Half of me mourns the carefree lunchbox-free days of swimming, cricket and scooters. And half of me – probably the slightly bigger half, if I’m honest – can’t wait for school to resume and for routine and order to reign again. I share the kids’ excitement at new stationery and I look forward to getting to know their new teachers.

  • EDR COVER

    The sector speaks up: the future of New Zealand education

    Education Review’s outstanding ‘Sector Voices’ special e-edition was published at the end of 2015, bringing together the varied and considered opinions of leaders, principals and teachers to reveal the key issues New Zealand education faces going forward. Here is a taste of some of the topics and views that emerged.

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    Are we failing our students with learning differences?

    GUY POPE-MAYELL says the recent Select Committee Inquiry [into the identification and support for students with the significant challenges of dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools] provided a chilling insight into the problems that students with learning differences can face. He outlines some of the issues and potential solutions.

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    Getting answers from Council’s new CE

    Education Review asks Education Council’s new chief executive DR GRAHAM STOOP about his priorities for the Council, his response to Council opposition, his views on Communities of Learning and his hopes for the Education Act review.

  • Parent voice

    The importance of parent voice

    With so much attention on teaching practice, policy decisions and student agency, it’s easy to forget one of the most influential stakeholders in a child’s schooling – the parents. JUDE BARBACK looks at the importance of making parents and whānau part of the education conversation.

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    The power of the IEP – getting parents on board

    Sharon Fuemana and children

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    Building bridges between home and school: empowering parents and improving reading

    Fulbright Scholar and Northcote College teacher DAVID TAYLOR’s research in New Zealand and the United States found that initiatives to encourage better parental involvement in students’ reading not only resulted in improved reading habits, but also had significant additional benefits.

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    The Manaiakalani experience: changing teaching stances

    NZCER researchers ROSEMARY HIPKINS, JENNY WHATMAN, and JO MacDONALD discuss the insights that emerged from the Manaiakalani Digital Teacher Academy (MDTA) initiative.

  • First year

    First-hand from a first-year

    Provisionally registered teacher Carolyn Richardson shares lessons learned from her first year teaching at Tauranga Intermediate.

  • Young teacher

    Starting out as a new teacher

    Associate professor SALLY HANSEN and Dr ALISON SEWELL give some advice to teachers embarking on their teaching journey.

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    What makes a good teacher?

    Education Review asked some younger kids for their thoughts on what makes a good teacher.

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    Making learning visible: putting Hattie into practice

    Professor John Hattie’s meta-analyses have helped to unveil effective teaching and learning practices. Here, LYNDA SHANKS shares how this research is being made accessible to schools and teachers through the popular Visible Learningplus programme.

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    VET: no longer the poor relation

    JUDE BARBACK talks to global Vocational Education and Training (VET) experts about why VET is starting to take centre stage.

  • Online assessment

    Online assessment – what’s stopping us?

    JUDE BARBACK looks at where the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is at on its digital assessment journey.

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    Home and away

    New Zealand teacher friends JASON McKEARNEY and ANDR’E JAY taught together at an international school in Doha, Qatar. One returned to teach in New Zealand, the other remains in Doha. Education Review talks to both about their experiences teaching abroad.

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    Acceleration groups – finding the formula for success in maths

    SUE TAYLOR discusses how priority learners can achieve better outcomes through focused, high-impact mathematics instruction from their own classroom teacher than from intervention programmes.   

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    ESL teaching in China: what to expect

    Certified and non-certified ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers alike are lining up for teaching positions in China. ROB HARRIS explains why, and adds a salutary note of caution about expectations when they get there.

  • Dave Johnston

    Rock ’n’ role model

    Villainy drummer DAVE JOHNSTON also works as an industry liaison and marketing coordinator at SAE in Auckland, connecting students with companies in the creative industry through internships and work placements.

  • Lauren Zappone Maples

    The Great Outdoors

    The physical environment plays an important role in children’s education and in shaping their development. Here, US teacher and Fulbright scholar LAUREN ZAPPONE MAPLES congratulates New Zealand for providing students with well-supported outdoor education opportunities.

  • Fee Holdsworth

    Upskilling and opportunity: The Mind Lab

    FEE HOLDSWORTH shares her journey of professional development in the area of digital and collaborative learning.

  • Ten Trends

    Ten years of Ten Trends

    As CORE Education’s influential Ten Trends initiative enters its 10th year, KAREN SPENCER looks back on the origins of the trends and what’s in store for 2016.