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.
Secondary principals to vote on changes to IES policy
The PPTA’s Secondary Principals’ Council and Secondary Principals’ Association will vote on an interim agreement that introduces some key changes to the Government’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative.
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.
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”.
Building bridges and opening doors
CHRIS HENDERSON believes global competencies are the foundations for our future.
Digital data: a leadership tool or Big Brother watching you?
Dr LOUISE STARKEY’s research into how schools use data revealed inconsistencies among schools’ attitudes, approaches and capabilities and identified room for the development of data expertise across New Zealand schools.
Pathways to school leadership
Education Review asks a principal, a senior leader and a middle leader to share their thoughts on the opportunities and challenges at various levels of school leadership.
New support on its way for beginning principals
Education Review takes a look at a new initiative to support beginning principals.
How Macs are improving opportunities for Māori leaders
LIZ HAWES discusses how the Ministry of Education, the New Zealand Principals’ Federation and Te Akatea, the Māori Principals’ Association have worked together to develop a professional learning development programme for teachers of Māori learners.
Principals: changing focus from management to leadership
MILLA INKILA says The Mind Lab by Unitec is helping principals to attain a shift in focus from management to leadership.
The path to principalship
TRACEY GURNEY shares her path to a principal position at Ballance School, a small rural school in Pahiatua, Manawatū.
A matter of principal
Education Review asks New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) president IAIN TAYLOR discusses how the role of school principal has changed over the years and how to manage the challenges of this demanding position.
Learning leadership for principalship
JAN ROBERTSON says we need school leaders who are ready to step up to address the challenges in New Zealand education: that of isolated competitive schools, of inequity in student learning outcomes and inequity in the quality of teaching.
Reflections of a first-time principal
Education Review asks Ruawai Primary School principal CURTIS GAYLOR about taking the step to the position of principal and what he’s learned along the way.
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.
Profile of a principal
Education Review asks three principals of very different schools their thoughts on leadership.
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.
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.
Signs of a world-class education
Amid a fairly tumultuous year for New Zealand education lurk many, many examples of positive, inspiring learning initiatives.
A collaborative approach to student achievement
Principal WENDY KOFOED shares how a collaborative teaching inquiry model at Newmarket School is helping to raise achievement levels of Māori and Pasifika students.
Lessons learned after years in education
DIONNE CHRISTIAN talks to retiring principal Grant Barnes about the changes he’s seen in a teaching career spanning half a century.
Real victims of education politics
Teaching can be a stressful occupation, made more stressful by intense political scrutiny and change. JUDE BARBACK looks at the causes, consequences, and coping strategies of teacher stress.
Kiwis in Oxford
JUDE BARBACK talks to New Zealander FELICITY LUSK about becoming the first woman to lead a prestigious boys’ school in Oxford.
Learning the lessons
MARIE CAMERON reflects on the lessons for schools, from research into beginning teachers
Managing the excitement
The thrill of starting a teaching career is a real asset for new teachers, but one that needs to be managed carefully, suggest school support advisers
Helping new teachers through the labyrinth
Good mentoring and induction are a whole-school responsibility