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    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.

  • Murray Sherwin

    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 2014
  • Jude Barback

    ED's Letter

    Let Novopay be a lesson

  • NZ Money

    School funding shake-up

    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. 

  • pencils

    IES: a sector divided

    The investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative has divided New Zealand’s education sector. JUDE BARBACK reports.

  • Otumoetai award

    School of the hour: a journey of continuous improvement

    JUDE BARBACK visits Otumoetai Intermediate School, the supreme award winner of the inaugural Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, and discovers the secret to the school’s success lies in an “unrelenting focus on quality”.

  • Fire

    Fire protection for schools

    DAVE HIPKINS discusses the importance of procuring the right fire protection system for your school.

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    One school’s 1:1 journey

    CRAIG KEMP outlines the major stepping stones his international school took in embracing a 1:1 device programme and the ups and downs experienced along the way.

  • Sustainable

    Sustainable schools, but at what cost?

    All new schools are built to meet the required Green Star rating, but is the same attention being given in the construction and design of these schools to the ability to teach and learn? JUDE BARBACK considers the merits and limitations of the Green Star rating system. 

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    Bringing 3D printing to the classroom

    Education Review considers the viability and impact of 3D printing for New Zealand schools.

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    3D Modelling in practice: Auroa Primary School, Taranaki

    Auroa Primary School’s Year 7 and 8 students have access to 3D design programs like Tinkercad and are able to produce material for the school’s 3D printer, which were purchased from MindKits NZ.

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    Making the most of Minecraft

    MONIKA KERN gives an insight into the parent's perspective of Minecraft.

  • Momentum

    AoG contracts gain momentum

    Education Review has been tracking the progress of All of Government (AoG) contracts with schools over the past few years – more recently looking at the launch of the Gas for Schools contract. Here it looks at the growing popularity of the IT Hardware contract and the benefits and savings that participating schools are seeing.

  • Whanau

    Facebook and whānau

    RACHEL BOYD, deputy principal of Waiuku Primary School, discusses the relevance of social media for engaging with a school’s community and its role in transforming home-school partnerships.

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    Three top tips

    JONO TOWNSEND and DR SUE BARNETT offer schools some sound advice for technology procurement. 

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    Multi-teacher approach: one school’s experience

    JUDE BARBACK asks Hautapu School teachers about the benefits and challenges of moving from single cell classrooms to an open-plan, multi-teacher approach to learning.