Celebrating Education Review's 20th Anniversary

Reflecting on Education Review's biggest topics from the past 20 years

  • Jude

    Letter from the Editor

    The 20th birthday of Education Review provides a good opportunity to reflect on the changes the magazine has seen in that time. Over this e-edition and the next, we will bring you some of the main issues that have confronted the education sector over the past two decades.

  • Charter schools

    Charter schools in New Zealand

    From the moment the Government announced plans to launch charter schools in New Zealand, there has been strong backlash from the teacher unions and some opposition parties.

  • Ed council

    Education Council era begins

    The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand has been operating for just over a year now, after taking the place of the New Zealand Teachers Council in November 2015, after much debate about its independence. 

  • Investing

    Investing in Educational Success

    At the beginning of 2014 the Prime Minister boldly announced the Government’s intention to invest an extra $359 million in funding over the next four years, and $155 million a year after that, to help raise student achievement through its Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy.

  • Class size

    The big U-turn on class sizes

    The pre-Budget ‘at a glance’ summary in 2012 didn’t ruffle many feathers. Most schools interpreted it to mean they were relatively unaffected by the Ministry of Education’s proposed new staffing ratios, although some questions were raised about why technology staffing appeared to be missing.

  • Christchurch

    The Christchurch Education Renewal Plan

    The earthquake that hit Canterbury on 22 February 2011 left a deep mark on New Zealand history and no reflective issue on the country’s education would be complete without looking at how Christchurch schools grappled with the aftermath and managed to move forward.

  • Novopay

    The Novopay nightmare

    Novopay was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The year 2012 had already been a turbulent year for schools, so the last thing they wanted was a problem with the Ministry of Education’s new payroll system.

  • Postgrad

    The path to postgrad Initial Teacher Education

    Teacher education providers have been pushing for years for a master’s level qualification to become the minimum requirement to become a teacher, but there have been many roadblocks along the way preventing a transition to postgraduate initial teacher education (ITE). With the 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.

  • Teacher ed

    Changing times for teacher education

    1998 was an interesting time for teacher education, as a change to the education legislation and a teacher education review opened the door for mergers between university education departments and colleges of education.

  • Decile

    Changing the decile system

    The decile system is older than Education Review. Indeed, deciles have been around for some 25 years, however, schools had their deciles recalculated in 2014 for possibly the last time, as the system is due to be replaced with a new funding mechanism. A funding review is underway.

  • National standards

    Introducing National Standards

    National Standards were a flagship education policy introduced in New Zealand in 2010 to assess all children aged five to 12 (or from year 1 to year 8) as being at, above, below, or well below benchmarks in reading, writing, and maths.

  • Exams

    Introducing NCEA

    The introduction of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) was one of the key changes to New Zealand secondary school education over the past 20 years.

  • Parliament

    Ministers of Education

    Over the past 20 years Education Review has seen eight Education Ministers come and go.

  • Qualification

    The evolution of the qualifications framework

    Implementation of the national qualifications framework was high on the education agenda when Education Review first started publishing.

  • Children at school

    Special education

    Special education was a hot topic for Education Review in its early years, as the Government  moved towards a major $40 million reform called Special Education 2000.

  • Classroom

    The 10th anniversary of Tomorrow’s Schools

    In 1999 Education Review reflected on what the Tomorrow’s Schools reforms had done for New Zealand education, 10 years since it was introduced.

  • UCOL

    The growth of private training establishments

    Private training establishments grew rapidly in the late 1990s. By 1995 they accounted for about 16 per cent of equivalent full-time tertiary students (EFTS). PTEs began to fill the space vacated by many polytechnics as they moved away from vocational and ‘lower level’ courses to supply diploma and degree courses.

  • Digi tech

    The rise of digital technology

    When Education Review began in 1996, technology was beginning to emerge as an important topic for schools, although it didn’t occupy the publication’s pages nearly as much as it does today.