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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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    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.

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    Overseas student loans collection gains pace

    The Government says it has netted $150 million in additional payments since it launched an initiative four years ago to encourage overseas student loan debtors to start repaying their loans.

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    Decile system review on the cards

    Following the release of the latest decile ratings, Minister of Education Hekia Parata has confirmed her intentions to review the 25-year old decile system.

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    Sector groups oppose EDUCANZ

    The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) and the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) continue to express their concerns about EDUCANZ, the new professional body set to replace Teachers’ Council, as the underpinning legislation swiftly proceeds to its second reading.

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    Birth of #WellyED

    On the back of the success of educators’ forum #edchatNZ, another new venture has begun: the Wellington connected educators’ group, #WellyED.

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    Addressing equity gap emerging as biggest challenge for NZ education

    A New Zealand Education Review supplement that discusses the biggest challenges currently facing New Zealand education shows that many sector leaders are most concerned about the widening equity gap and the effect it is having on student achievement.

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    Top teachers recognised

    Five outstanding New Zealand teachers have been recognised at the 2014 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA).                                           

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    Schools are informed of new deciles

    The Ministry of Education has begun informing schools of the latest recalculation of school decile ratings, with all schools expected to know their new decile by 20th November.

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    2015 Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards launched

    *Education Minister Hekia Parata has launched the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, which recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching, leadership, community engagement and governance.*

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    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.

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    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.

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    Opinion - hazing: the underbelly of an otherwise excellent education

    My husband attended a prestigious boys’ boarding school in England. I attended a co-ed secondary state school in the Waikato. It is no perhaps no surprise we have fairly different views on “hazing”, the practice whereby older students administer punishments or ritualised initiation challenges for younger students.

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    N4L connects 1000th school to Managed Network

    Over 1000 schools have now been connected to Network4Learning’s Managed Network, which means more than 40 per cent of New Zealand schools are now using N4L’s services, which include fast and reliable internet connectivity, uncapped data, web filtering and network security.

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    More schools dive into the Pond

    *Network for Learning (N4L) has revealed some new features to its digital learning hub, Pond, today at the annual ULearn conference in Rotorua.*

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    Needs-based vs outcome-based school funding

    The contentious issue of school funding is on the agenda of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association’s annual conference, currently underway in Wellington.

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    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.*

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    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.

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    Primary principals shun IES while secondary principals reach agreement

    Breaking newspaper While secondary school principals are working alongside the Ministry of Education to move forward on the Government’s $359m Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative, primary school principals have voted against the scheme.

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    A different kind of education revolution

    The Innovation Partnership wants to see training for teachers on how to teach in modern classrooms and appropriate teaching methods to go alongside investment in digital technologies because devices alone can’t achieve better educational outcomes. MURRAY SHERWIN argues the case.

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    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.

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    Opinion: Class size debate – what Labour’s policy means

    PPTA president ANGELA ROBERTS asserts that there has been a lot of misunderstanding about Labour’s class size policy announcement from the 'experts' and commentariat.

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    Opinion: More teachers and smaller classes won’t mean more learning

    The Government’s proposed Investing in Educational Success scheme has been debated in detail. Now, academic STEVE THOMAS takes a critical look at Labour’s proposed education sector funding in the lead up to the election.

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    Opinion: Linking STEM programme funding to tertiary teaching practice

    PETER COOLBEAR, director of Ako Aotearoa, discusses incentivising established good tertiary teaching practice to help meet government targets for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

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    Opinion: Fully fund state schools – abolish school donations

    Associate Professor JOHN CLARK from Massey University’s Institute of Education suggests the Government has lost sight of free education and that there are more appropriate methods than parent donations to fund schools.

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    Opinion: Realising the future of education

    Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School, CLAIRE AMOS looks at why change is needed in New Zealand’s education system, what needs to change, and how to manage this change.

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    Opinion: IES – from crude proposal to detailed policy

    Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) President ANGELA ROBERTS outlines what has changed with the Government’s proposed Investing in Educational Success policy since the announcement was made in January, and why the sector should support it.

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    Opinion: Is IES a solution to the ‘achievement challenge’?

    Massey University Associate Professor JOHN CLARK takes a closer look at the proposed Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative and finds the problems it hopes to solve to be more complex than IES can manage.

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    Opinion: Excellence shared or spread too thin?

    Yesterday's announcement was a masterstroke by Prime Minister John Key's National Government. It refocussed the education debate on positive action, raising student achievement, giving teachers and principals something more to which to aspire, and most importantly, addressing the need to spread quality teaching more evenly across deciles and regions. But will the initiative work?

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    Education a major player in Budget 2014

    Education featured prominently in Budget 2014, with Education Minister Hekia Parata announcing new spending of $858 million over four years and the remainder of this year.