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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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    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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June 2016
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    Ed's Letter - The time is right

    Jude Barback Not long ago, I received a phone call from a researcher in the UK whose study focus was teacher workforce supply trends across the world. She was interested in why some countries are facing a shortage of teachers while others are faced with a situation where many applicants are after the same jobs. A quick check through the back issues of Education Review revealed that teacher workforce supply has been a problem for a while now in New Zealand.

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    Communities of Learning “game-changing”

    JUDE BARBACK looks at two established Communities of Learning and finds enthusiasm and optimism for the new initiative is overriding some of the earlier negativity surrounding the controversial IES policy.

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    Are New Zealand’s scientists too scared to say what they think?

    The fight for the mighty research dollar is creating some significant barriers to scientists commenting on controversial issues. ELIZABETH McLEOD discovers why some of our leading minds are calling for a Commission for Science.

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    An end to job-hopping for beginning teachers?

    Education Review looks at the NZEI Te Riu Roa’s new charter, which aims to prompt best practice when it comes to employing beginning teachers.

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    The long and winding road to postgrad teacher education

    Many teacher education providers are pushing for a master’s level qualification to become the minimum requirement to become a teacher, while others think this approach will deter aspiring teachers. With the initial teacher education (ITE) postgraduate pilot now in its third year, the Ministry of Education is getting closer to making a decision on the future shape of ITE. Which way will it go and what impact will it have? asks JUDE BARBACK.

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    Express to Success

    In an effort to raise Māori achievement rates for NCEA Level 2, the Ministry has partnered with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa to provide five learning support hubs.

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    Meet the teachers of Aotearoa

    New Zealand’s teaching workforce comprises many different people – provisionally registered teachers, those who have come to teaching in a roundabout way, those who are opting for some teaching experience abroad, and those who are putting their teaching qualifications to innovative use. Here, we meet some of New Zealand’s newest and aspiring educators.

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    Turning the ‘best and brightest’ into teachers

    Education Review asks Teach First NZ’s chief executive SHAUN SUTTON about the origins of Teach First NZ, its influence on New Zealand’s models of initial teacher education, the recent controversy around teacher recruitment processes and the impact it is having on students at low decile schools.

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    Plugging the skills gap

    With all the talk about New Zealand’s growing skill shortages in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas, Education Review looks at two collaborative tertiary initiatives aimed to plug gaps in ICT and engineering.

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    8 tips for selecting a Learning Management System

    Education Review trawls through all the advice to find the top tips for selecting a learning management system for your school or tertiary institution.

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    See ya CECIL Kia ora Canvas

    Dr Kevin Morris JUDE BARBACK talks to Dr Kevin Morris about the University of Auckland’s transition to a new cloud-based learning management system.

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    Workplaces: the education of the future

    JOSH WILLIAMS, chief executive of the Industry Training Federation, suggests that one way to fix the education system is for workplaces to become the education system. 

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    Is ‘mat time’ a waste of time?

    ANITA MORTLOCK shares her research about the common practice of ‘mat time’ in New Zealand schools.

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    Work of Teacher Education insights

    DR ALEXANDRA GUNN discusses her recent TLRI study that scrutinises how initial teacher education is produced, maintained and practised in New Zealand and compares it with similar research carried out overseas. 

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    The lure of the UK

    ROSIE BUCHANAN of Smart Teachers recounts what Kiwi teachers in the UK have to say about their experiences teaching abroad.

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    Motivation in online education

    DR MAGGIE HARTNETT draws from her new book Motivation in online education to discuss what drives people to pursue and persist with online learning.

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    Up close and personal with a distance learner

    EVELYN LEWIS says distance learning allows her greater connectivity with peers and tutors compared with being one of many in a lecture room. 

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    Digital smarts for today’s learning

    In their book Digital Smarts Waikato University’s NOELINE WRIGHT and DIANNE FORBES share how digital technologies can support and enhance learning across all education sectors.

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    South auckland pasifika principals pursue postgrad pd

    Karl Vasau Rowandale School principal KARL VASAU was one of four principals in the Pacific Island Manurewa Principals (PIMP) group to pursue a postgrad professional development opportunity. He believes professional development is “critical” for principals. 

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    Wanted: New Zealand teachers

    Their adaptability and calibre of training means that Kiwi teachers are highly sought after by international English-medium independent schools around the world.