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.
Connecting schools to the ICT industry
The ICT industry is finding great results connecting with schools through its in-school outreach programme, TechHub.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Sector Voices: the biggest challenge facing education
We asked prominent people from within the sector what they perceived to be the biggest challenge currently facing New Zealand education. Here is what they had to say.
Linwood College hits back at criticism
Earlier this year it was making news for becoming New Zealand’s first science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM)-focused school, but this week Linwood College is in the media for all the wrong reasons.
NZEI’s online tool strengthens division over IES
Primary teachers’ union the NZEI Te Riu Roa has released a new online tool that allows schools to compare benefits of the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy with other options, such as more resourcing for teacher aides and smaller classes.
New Zealand universities stable in world rankings
*The positioning of New Zealand universities in the 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings, released today, remains stable; however, an overall lack of improvement suggests more investment is needed for universities to be globally competitive.*
Class size debate continues
STEVE THOMAS continues the debate about Labour’s class size policy, clarifies some of the issues around education funding and class sizes, and raises new questions.
Education Ministers in waiting
Education Review editor JUDE BARBACK catches up with Nikki Kaye, who is tipped to become Education Minister in May, and Labour’s education spokesperson Chris Hipkins about what the future holds for New Zealand education.
Lessons learned and looking forward: a changing of the guard at the PPTA
JUDE BARBACK meets with new Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) president Jack Boyle and catches up with his predecessor Angela Roberts.
Meeting MIT’s new CEO
Education Review asks the new CEO of Manakau Institute of Technology (MIT) GUS GILMORE about innovation, enhancing opportunities for Māori and Pasifika students, and what he hopes to achieve in his new role.
“Just like a game of tennis” Serving on a school board
On the back of the triennial Board of Trustee elections and this year’s New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) conference, Education Review asks NZSTA’s Elaine Hines about where new trustees should be channeling their enthusiasm.
Election time looms for school boards
With this year’s triennial board of trustee elections looming, there is much that schools need to be thinking about in terms of the election process, managing the transition to a new board and supporting new board members. JUDE BARBACK reports.
Catholic primary schools look to the future
Incoming national president of the New Zealand Catholic Primary Principals’ Association (NZCPPA) DANNY NICHOLLS says attracting suitably qualified staff is a challenge for Catholic schools.
Getting answers from Council’s new CE
Education Review asks Education Council’s new chief executive DR GRAHAM STOOP about his priorities for the Council, his response to Council opposition, his views on Communities of Learning and his hopes for the Education Act review.
Getting to the CoRE of Māori research
The Tertiary Education Commission’s decision to cease Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s funding prompted an outcry. JUDE BARBACK investigates allegations that the funding process was flawed and explores what the future holds for Māori-led research.
Are teaching-only universities the way of the future?
The Australian government has recently put into Parliament a suite of potential changes to the higher education (HE) landscape that has generated a conversation about teaching-only universities across the Tasman.
How do Kiwi universities measure up on the global stage?
The positioning of New Zealand universities in the recently released 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings remains stable, however more investment is needed for our institutions to retain global competitiveness.
The end of the Aussie fee-free PhD (and what it means for NZ)
Australia is about to start charging postgraduate researchers fees. Does the change signal an end to the Kiwi PhD brain drain? JUDE BARBACKS reports.
Note sharing: cheating the system or yourself?
JUDE BARBACK looks at the rise of note-sharing sites and the tenuous legal and ethical questions they raise for universities.
Criminals in the classroom
Are teacher education providers selecting the right people?
Improving governance or Government power grab?
The Government’s plans to reform university and wānanga governance councils to create smaller, skills-based councils have been opposed by many in the sector.
One big happy family: uni, polys and wānanga collaborate
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato have been working together for more than a decade to increase tertiary education opportunities in the Western Bay of Plenty.
Lessons in leadership: what can New Zealand learn from the International Successful School Principalship Project?
ROSS NOTMAN considers New Zealand research findings from an international educational leadership project and what they mean for the new leadership roles emerging from the Government’s $359m plan to help raise student achievement.
Not for the faint-hearted: leadership of a charter school
JUDE BARBACK visits New Zealand’s first partnership school, South Auckland Middle School, and talks to Alwyn Poole about the joys and challenges of getting a new school up and running amidst staunch opposition.
The yellow brick road to EDUCANZ
The notion of EDUCANZ’s so-called ‘independence’ is questioned as the new legislation makes its way through Parliament.
Minister says Woolston and Phillipstown schools are to merge
Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced that the merger between Woolston and Phillipstown schools in Christchurch will go ahead.
Taking on the Ministry. What happened at Phillipstown School
GRAY CLEVELAND and TONY SIMPSON give the full story behind their David and Goliath court battle with the Ministry of Education and how unwavering community support kept them going.
Despite unrest around the current school decile system, the Ministry of Education says there are no plans yet for a formal review. JUDE BARBACK considers what’s in a number.
Leading learning and change across the country
JUDE BARBACK takes a closer look at the Learning and Change Networks initiative that is empowering New Zealand schools to raise achievement – and gaining global recognition.
The perils of working with incorporated societies: a cautionary tale
Murrays Bay Intermediate principal COLIN DALE discusses the challenges that emerged when an incorporated society, designed to run a music school attached to the school, viewed its role beyond what was intended. With the matter reaching High Court, Dale’s compelling account reveals an aspect of school management that other schools should heed with caution.
PPP: behind the scenes
Education Review asks Jason Wozniak of Aurecon about the decisions made and lessons learned from designing, building, and furnishing New Zealand’s first Public Private Partnership (PPP) schools at Hobsonville Point.
Surrender and retain
The new Education Amendment Act will allow teachers to search and seize student devices in order to hold perpetrators of cyber bullying to account, but student privacy issues prove to be a sticky issue. By JUDE BARBACK.
Education: Beeby’s, Tomorrow’s and Today’s
RENEE GERLICH’s research into the history of New Zealand education reveals how various policy decisions over the years have done little to fulfil early education director Clarence Beeby’s vision of equality in education.
Signs of a world-class education
Amid a fairly tumultuous year for New Zealand education lurk many, many examples of positive, inspiring learning initiatives.
The Salisbury story
When Judge Dobson overruled the Ministry of Education’s decision to close Salisbury School, many were relieved. But the threat of closure has cast a question mark over the future of special education in New Zealand.
Sir Paul's great legacy
The late Sir Paul Callaghan was a world class scientist, great leader, and strong advocate for a more prosperous New Zealand. Education Review looks at the life and times of this great man and how his legacy continues.
PTEs and the Watchdog
Private training establishments catering for international students have rarely strayed from the media spotlight in recent years as concerns over corrupt and ill-equipped institutions continue to grow.
Difference in opinion:charter schools
The New Zealand Government’s recent announcement of the new charter schools policy has met with mixed reactions. Here, two experts voice their opinions.
A city turning the tables?
ROBIN DUFF reflects on how Christchurch schools are coping one year on since Canterbury’s devastating earthquake.
Codes of practice
PETER COOLBEAR analyses the implications of codes of practice for domestic tertiary students.
Analysing tertiary spending - Bucks and bangs ...
The government applied $4.3 billion in operating expenditure to providers and students in the tertiary sector in 2009. About a quarter of that was spent on supporting students through loans and allowances.