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    Schools pleased to see an end to deciles – but funding boost still needed

    While schools are pleased to see the back of the decile system, many believe a funding boost is what is needed most.

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    Education Ministry sets up youth advisory group

    A Ministerial youth advisory group will be set up to enable young people to have their say and have more influence on the education system and issues that affect them.

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    Auckland teachers tell it like it is

    Two Auckland teachers share what it is like to work and live in Auckland.

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    UE and interest-free loans stay - Govt's response to tertiary education report

    *In its response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into New Zealand’s tertiary education system, the Government says it will not be accepting the Commission’s recommendations to abolish University Entrance or reinstate interest on student loans.*

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    Teachers welcome Labour’s $4m plan for education

    Teachers are welcoming Labour's plans to invest an extra $4 billion into education to address five main areas: learners at the centre, barrier-free access, quality teaching, public education and future-focussed education.

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    Auckland proving too expensive for teachers

    "I can't move out of my parents’ place as I can’t afford the rent and travel," stated one teacher in a recent survey of Auckland  teachers, that revealed many younger teachers are planning to leave teaching, leave Auckland and are even putting off having children.

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    Unions disappointed at new charter schools

    Two new charter schools have been approved for Maori students in Rotorua and Taupo to the dismay of teacher unions.

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    Teacher-led Innovation Fund projects announced

    An early childhood centre in Auckland hoping to using digital technologies to support second language learning is among the thirty three new innovative teaching projects in schools and early childhood education centres will be able to get underway thanks to funding from the third round of the $18 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF).

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    Education sector leaders debate latest NZ Initiative research

    Education sector leaders met in Wellington last night to welcome the release of new education research which says student data is ready and waiting to be used by schools to help improve student achievement.

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    Research shows benefits of university education for Maori and Pacific peoples

    Latest research from the National Centre for Lifecourse Research (NCLR) suggests that graduating from university may not only change the individual lives of Māori and Pacific Peoples, but also positively impact on their families, communities and society in general.

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    Report compares NZ and European qualifications frameworks

    A new report comparing the qualifications frameworks, levels, and quality assurance arrangements will help support more transparent and consistent recognition of qualifications between European Union Member States and New Zealand.

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    Consultation opens on NZ's international education strategy

    *The draft New Zealand International Education Strategy, which sets out the government’s proposed vision, goals and immediate priorities for international education through to 2025, has been released for consultation.*

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    Teachers' PLD to become Education Council's responsibility

    *Responsibility for teachers’ professional learning and development (PLD) will be transferred from the Ministry of Education to the Education Council.*

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    Part-time secondary teachers seek equal pay

    *Another pay claim was brought before the Employment Relations Authority this week as PPTA members seek mediation to resolve the issue of part-time secondary teachers not receiving the same rate of non-contact time as full-time teachers.*

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    Careers NZ now part of Tertiary Education Commission

    *Careers New Zealand (CNZ) is now part of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC), following the passing of the Education (Update) Amendment Act, which took effect on July 1.*

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    New funding contracts for CRIs

    *New funding contracts for New Zealand's Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) have begun, marking the 25th anniversary of the CRIs.*

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    Digital fluency investment marks biggest change to curriculum in a decade

    A new National Digital Championship aimed at exciting students to use digital technologies to come up with innovate ways to solve community, social or environmental challenges is among the initiatives included in a $40 million investment package to support the new digital technologies curriculum.

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    Manurewa Intermediate shines at PM's Education Excellence Awards

    Students and staff at Manurewa Intermediate School are over the moon today after taking out the Supreme Award at the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards last night in Auckland.

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    Early childhood teachers launch pay equity claim

    Following the pay equity settlement for aged care and community support workers, early childhood teachers are looking to follow suit. Union NZEI Te Riu Roa is launching a new claim for pay equity for early childhood teachers and staff.

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    Ministry's apology "meaningless" unless followed by real change

    Canterbury principals say the Ministry of Education's apology following the damning Ombudsman report remains "meaningless" until they see "positive action and real change".

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    Post-quake wellbeing initiative expands to schools across NZ

    *Following the Canterbury earthquakes, the All Right? initiative was established by the Canterbury District Health Board and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand to support on the psychosocial recovery of Cantabrians. But now All Right? has expanded to meet the mental health and wellbeing needs of young people throughout New Zealand with the launch of a new wellbeing resource.*

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    New classrooms for Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre

    Yesterday's World Refugee Day saw the opening of new education facilities at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Centre in Auckland. 

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    Nicholas Pole appointed as ERO Chief Executive

    State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the appointment of Nicholas Pole as Chief Review Officer and Chief Executive of the Education Review Office (ERO). Pole is currently Acting Chief Review Officer and has been in this role since 24 January 2017. He has been appointed for a five year term commencing on 21 June 2017.

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    Fulbright New Zealand grantees acknowledged

    60 New Zealand graduate students, academics, artists and professionals were honoured at a ceremony at Parliament last night, after winning scholarships of up to $31,000 toward study or research in the United States. 

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    Industry training gets a welcome funding boost

    Industry training got a boost today as the Government announced an additional $7 million investment over the next four years.

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    Career changing teacher saves preschool

    Miranda Major decided that her daughter's preschool provided such a wonderful environment, it was worth saving. So when she got an email announcing the closure of Wellington's Donald Street Preschool, she dropped everything to save it for the community. 

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    Research recommends earlier introduction of English in kura kaupapa Māori

    New research from the University of Auckland seems to show that pupils in kura kaupapa Māori-language immersion schools can benefit from the introduction of English into their learning earlier than is currently the case – but Myles Ferris, principal of Whangarei’s Te Kura o Otangarei, and vice president of the executive of Te Akatea Māori Principals Association, says that further study is needed, as he and the executive of Te Akatea have questions about the methodology of the research.

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    More than 100 NZ films now available on demand for teachers

    The New Zealand Film Commission's video-on-demand platform, NZ Film On Demand, now has more than 100 titles for educators (and all NZ'ers) to access. 

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    Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia announced

    Paul Goldsmith, Minister for tertiary education, skills and employment, today announced the recipients of the latest funding round of the Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia (PMSA). 

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    Celebrating World Oceans Day with a new educational resource

    A new marine outreach educational resource has been launched across New Zealand today to mark World Oceans Day on the 8th June.

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    Funding for more Auckland schools: "huge investment" or crafty PR?

    Minister of Education Nikki Kaye and Associate Minister Tim Macindoe are calling it a “huge investment in schools in our fastest growing city”. Labour’s Chris Hipkins says it’s a crafty bit of National PR. 

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    New Apprentice app makes learning on the job easier for all

    Otago Polytechnic has modified an existing productivity app, designed to make life easier for apprentices, their employers, and polytechnic staff. 

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    ECE organisations bands together for more funding

    Three organisations representing New Zealand's early childhood education (ECE) sector, have come together today to warn that Government funding decisions are placing high quality early childhood education at risk. Their collaboration comes after last month's Budget failed to increase per-child hourly rates, which have remained roughly the same since 2008.

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    New media site for Kiwi kids

    *A new media initiative will see primary school aged children enjoying a "huge range of content" that will be safe, interactive and ad-free.*

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    More support needed for teachers using digital technology for learning

    The recent findings from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 shows that the use of digital technologies for learning varies across classrooms and some teachers want more support in this area.

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    The convergence of technology, culture and future-focused education

    The NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit this month is expected to tap into some key areas emerging from the education budget.

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    ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards open

    *Do you know a fabulous teacher in your local community who has made a real impact at the grassroots level? If the answer is a resounding ‘yes,’ now is the time to nominate them for the 2017 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (ASG NEiTA).*

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    More than 500 principals sign open letter to Government

    More than 500 school principals from throughout New Zealand have signed an open letter to the Government asking for the funding needed to pay schools' support staff more.

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    Budget 2017: Research funding welcomed; teaching & learning, industry training neglected

    The sector has welcomed some targets of the tertiary education provision from this year's Budget but pointed out many gaps as well.

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    Budget 2017: Education - looking forward or playing catch-up?

    Increased and targeted operational funding, along with the promise of new schools and classrooms, has done little to satisfy the sector that the Government is thinking long-term or delivering enough to make up for funding shortfalls of the past.

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    Budget 2017: ECE sector “gutted” at seventh straight year of per-child funding freezes

    While the early childhood education (ECE) sector has praised initiatives in yesterday’s Budget to support services with children from benefit-dependent households and children with special learning needs, representative bodies say overall the funding package is tantamount to a cut, due to it not keeping pace with inflation.

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    The power of the b-word: knowing when to use it and how to deal with it

    With Bullying-Free NZ Week happening this week, JUDE BARBACK suggests we need  to make sure our children understand what constitutes bullying and how to deal with it.

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    Blogging beats the summer learning slump

    A research project has found that children who blogged about their summer holidays had less of a “summer slump” in their reading and writing skills than those who didn’t.

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    Unions: ITE changes are "all appearance and no substance"

    Teacher unions say the changes announced for teacher education aimed at improving teacher quality and supply are more about "appearance, not substance" and will not address the nationwide teacher shortage.

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    Changes to initial teacher education announced in Budget

    In the run up to Budget Day, Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a number of changes affecting initial teacher education (ITE) that are aimed to improve the supply and quality of teachers.

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    Metro schools proposed for urban areas

    High-growth urban centres like Auckland could see "metro schools" introduced in the near future. The metro school model has been proposed as a way of meeting education needs in intensified areas where the large areas of land associated with a traditional school may be hard to acquire.

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    Tertiary education Bill passes first reading

    The Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament, amid some concerns from the sector.

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    "Biggest reform to education in 30 years" - Education Amendment Bill passes final reading

    The Education (Update) Amendment passed its third and final reading yesterday heralding the “biggest reform to education in nearly thirty years”.

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    Concerns over CoOLs continue to surface as Education Amendment Bill faces final reading

    As Parliament debates the third and final reading of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill this week, primary teachers’ union NZEI Te Riu Roa has voiced its concern that submissions have not been taken into account in drafting the legislation.

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    What is the best age for starting school?

    With the Education (Update) Amendment Bill facing its final reading this week, the public is focused intently on the proposed cohort entry policy which would allow children to start school prior to their fifth birthday. Here, Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM evaluates the international research and experience and considers what this means for New Zealand’s youngest learners.

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    Finalists selected for Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards

    Fourteen finalists representing 10 early learning services, schools and kura have been chosen from 142 entries in the prestigious 2017 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.

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    World rankings note NZ's reduction in tertiary education funding

    The latest Universitas21 rankings report singles out the New Zealand government for criticism for its reduction in tertiary education funding.

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    Charter schools report reveals "mixed results"

    A recent evaluation report of New Zealand’s eight charter schools showed “mixed results” for student achievement and engagement, with some schools failing to reach their contracted targets in these areas.

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    Ambitious new targets for writing and maths

    The government has set an ambitious new goal of 80 per cent of Year 8 students reaching the national standards in writing and maths by the end of 2021.

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    Fee increase likely for Kiwis studying across the ditch

    Proposed changes by the Australian government could see New Zealand citizens studying at an Australian university being charged the full-fee rate, breaking the long-standing reciprocal arrangement between the two countries that allows students to study in each other's universities at the domestic fee rate.

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    New Education Minister invited to work alongside teacher aides

    *As schools launch into term two today Members of Parliament are heading back to school to experience the work of teacher aides and other school support staff. The invitation has also been extended to new Education Minister Nikki Kaye.*

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    Tertiary Institution Council appointments

    Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith has today announced 13 appointments and reappointments to the governing councils of nine tertiary education institutions (TEIs).

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    Nikki Kaye announced as new Education Minister

    Prime Minister Bill English has today announced the appointment of Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education, replacing Hekia Parata who has announced her resignation from politics.

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    Union disappointed at "stumbling blocks" in draft pay equity bill

    Primary teachers’ union NZEI Te Riu Roa has described the Government’s announcement of a $2 billion package to lift the wages of care workers as a “fantastic breakthrough for pay equity” and is eager to see education support workers also afforded justice. While mediation with Ministry of Education on the union's pay equity claim is progressing, NZEI says it is disappointed with the draft Pay Equity Bill released last week.

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    Increase in fees will make life difficult for ECE

    The proposed hike in teacher registration fees by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand will adversely affect early childhood education (ECE) centres and teachers, says the Early Childhood Council.

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    Sector welcomes Te Whāriki update

    New Zealand’s early childhood education curriculum Te Whāriki has been updated for the first time time since it was first published in 1996. The early childhood education sector has welcomed the update, but some have voiced concerns about the level of funding earmarked for professional development for teachers to lead the updated curriculum.

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    Education Act Update passes second reading

    Despite frustration from some corners of the education sector that their submissions did not appear to be taken into account in the latest version of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill, the proposed legislation passed its second reading yesterday in Parliament.

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    Teachers face big increase in fees

    The amount teachers pay for their annual practising certificates could soar from $73 to $170, under changes proposed by the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. The Council has opened consultation with the sector on the proposed changes to the fee structure.

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    Tertiary education students struggling to afford basic needs, says report

    A new report shows that tertiary education students are struggling to afford their basic needs, including affordable accommodation. It also shows that students from private and higher decile schools are more likely to attend tertiary education than other students.

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    Celebrating progress of Christchurch's "second-to-none" school network

    Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will visit three Christchurch schools today to celebrate the completion of new classrooms and facilities, which are part of redevelopment projects valued at around $20 million.

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    Teachers recognised as NZ's top digital learners

    Three teachers have been recognised as the country’s top digital learners, winning the prestigious NEXT Foundation Expert Teacher Award at The Mind Lab by Unitec’s graduation in Auckland yesterday.

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    New research shows level of ECE underfunding

    According to a report by Infometrics, commissioned by primary teachers' union NZEI Te Riu Roa, the early childhood education sector is $260m worse off in 2017, owing to cuts that were made to funding for qualified staff in 2010, and funding failing to keep up with inflation.

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    Tertiary education staff "struggling under weight of impossible demands"

    Staff at tertiary education institutions are experiencing higher levels of stress, unsustainable workloads and are feeling more alienated from their jobs compared to a decade ago according to the results of a survey published today by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU).

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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.

  • NZ flag

    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.

  • blackboard money tree

    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.

  • News phone

    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. 

  • Newspaper

    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.

  • Chris Whelan

    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.

  • blackboard money tree

    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.

  • Tracey Martin

    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).

  • child binoculars

    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.

  • laptop

    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.

  • Trident

    Students leading sustainable living efforts

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

  • NZ flag

    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.

  • kindy pencils paper

    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.

  • Teacher and students PC

    $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.

  • hands up classroom

    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.

  • Rototuna Junior High School

    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.

  • Trident

    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.

  • hands up classroom

    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.

  • Fonterra video icon 2016 02

    Fonterra Grass Roots Fund

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

  • blackboard money tree

    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.

  • lecture theatre women

    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.

  • News phone

    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.

  • tutor student

    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.

  • child binoculars

    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.

  • brain cogs thinking

    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.

  • lightbulb

    #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.

  • Newspaper

    Redcliffs to stay open

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

  • Tork Edu Future Generations med

    Bringing sustainability into the classroom

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

  • laptop

    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.

  • Copy of 164A7532

    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.

  • brain cogs thinking

    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.

  • Newspaper

    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.

  • BOH 8206

    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.

  • blackboard money tree

    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.

  • News phone

    "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.

  • pathway start feet

    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.

  • blackboard money tree

    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.

  • Louise Green

    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.

  • NZ flag

    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.

  • lecture theatre women

    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.

  • hand up classroom

    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.

  • Newspaper

    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.

  • NZ flag

    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.

  • 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.

  • News phone

    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.

  • Newspaper

    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.

  • boy with globe

    New Zealand's universities shine in world subject rankings

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

  • hands up classroom

    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.

  • blackboard money tree

    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.

  • pathway start feet

    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.

  • exams broken pencil

    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.

  • boy with globe

    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.

  • Newspaper

    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.

  • brain cogs thinking

    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.*

Latest Issue

August 2017
  • jude barback

    ED's letter

    Welcome to EducationCentral.co.nn. By now, it’s safe to say you’ll have heard about our snazzy new website, EducationCentral.co.nz.

  • Exiting Ed

    Exiting education: is there a teaching retention and supply crisis on the horizon?

    1 August 2017

    It’s been reported that just under half of secondary teachers joining the profession leave within five years of beginning their careers. Obviously that’s a worrying rate of attrition, particularly when there are concerns that a significant proportion of an aging workforce is approaching retirement age.

  • First hand exp

    First-hand experience: one Kiwi teacher’s account of teaching overseas

    Education Review asks New Zealand teacher JENNY HAY about what’s involved with teaching overseas.

  • Agency answers

    Agency answers: what are overseas schools looking for?

    Education Review asks international recruitment agency True Teaching what Kiwi teachers need to know before they apply for an overseas teaching position. 

  • Te Kura online

    Then and now: Te Kura online – a history of change

    From 100 isolated primary kids to 23,000 enrolments, Te Kura Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura) – formerly The Correspondence School – has a long tradition of adapting to meet the changing needs of the New Zealand school system.

  • Read more

    Read more, hear more, see more

    When finances are limited, as they are in most schools, teachers often rely on technology to copy and share the materials they need to support teaching and learning. But how do you ensure that the person who created the work you’re using gets paid for your use of their work?

  • Sister schools

    Sister schools: why are they are important?

    This year 10 Kiwi schools received funding to strengthen their China sister school relationships. Education Review looks at how these relationships were formed, how they have been nurtured, and the value they bring to the schools and their wider communities.

  • Little diplomats

    Little diplomats in action

    JUDE BARBACK talks to Oropi School principal Andrew King about the Little Diplomats programme, which has helped its students to build their intercultural competencies and the school to build its relationship with its sister school in China.

  • Eyeing up china

    Eyeing up China (from outside Auckland)

    JUDE BARBACK looks at how schools outside Auckland have a point of difference when it comes to attracting Chinese students.

  • Asia ready

    Are our school leavers Asia-ready?

    A new report from the Asia New Zealand Foundation reveals that fewer school leavers think Asia-related skills and knowledge are important – a trend that experts describe as “alarming”.

  • Overseas ECE

    Is there room for overseas ECE providers in New Zealand?

    As massive United States ECE provider Primrose Schools considers expansion into New Zealand, JUDE BARBACK looks at the implications for local ECE providers.

  • Coeducation

    In defence of coeducation

    In this second instalment of a two-part series looking at single- and mixed-gender secondary schooling, JAYLAN BOYLE speaks with principals of two South Island coeducational schools. While both believe wholeheartedly in the model, they are also conscious of the bigger picture – good schooling. 

  • Future learning

    What does the future of learning look like?

    Author of The Future of Learning, MARK TREADWELL, says we need to embrace learning systems that have proven over thousands of years to be far more equitable and successful than rote learning has proven to be over the past 200 years.

  • International competencies

    Should we assess students’ international competencies?

    Growing good global citizens is becoming an increasingly important focus for schools. But how do schools know if they’re hitting the mark? JUDE BARBACK looks at the many ways in which schools are encouraging their students to be internationally capable and the scope for measuring this. 

  • Global citizenship

    How international students can enhance a school’s global citizenship

    Murrays Bay Intermediate in Auckland is a good example of a school that actively demonstrates global citizenship, with its international student programme playing an important role in this.

  • International students

    The role international students play in our schools and economy

    GRANT McPHERSON, chief executive of Education New Zealand, says international students do more than just fuel our economy.

  • Building bridges

    Building bridges and opening doors

    CHRIS HENDERSON believes global competencies are the foundations for our future.

  • Disobedient teaching

    Behind Disobedient Teaching

    DR WELBY INGS provides an insight into his inspiration for writing what has become the most popular book in education circles at the moment, Disobedient Teaching.

  • Feel brave

    Feel brave: innovative pedagogy in emotional health

    AVRIL McDONALD discusses how teachers can weave emotional health seamlessly into the classroom.

  • ZERO to hero

    Zero to hero: why we need phonics more than ever in the digital age

    Massey University’s TOM NICHOLSON discusses the importance of phonics in helping children become better spellers – and why spelling is important.

  • Good spellers

    Counterargument: is our main goal really to produce a generation of good spellers?

    Teacher JAMES THOMLINSON discusses how the way writing is assessed forces teachers to put too much emphasis on aspects such as spelling and punctuation.

  • Assess repeat

    Assess, report, teach, repeat… boring

    When teacher CHRIS MAY recognised the same disengagement in his students as he once exhibited as a student, he was inspired to set up an initiative that strove to make learning more practical, contextualised and relevant to their lives, both in and out of school.