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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.

February 2017

October 2016

August 2016

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    EDs Letter

    I’m often guilty of compartmentalising. In following news of political unrest over Brexit, the Syrian crisis, climate change, the rise of Donald Trump, the turmoil of our housing and dairy industries, I often fail to connect the dots of what it all means for New Zealand education.

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    Caution needed over CoLs

    Following NZEI Te Riu Roa’s concerns about Education Review’s article ‘Communities of Learning – “game changing”’ that appeared in our last issue, Education Review extended the invitation to NZEI to contribute an article to give voice to the union’s concerns. Here, MELISSA SCHWALGER discusses some reservations around Communities of Learning (CoL) and how these are being addressed.

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    Better funding, not bulk funding

    PPTA president ANGELA ROBERTS says teachers are dismayed to see bulk funding included in the Ministry of Education’s school funding proposals.

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    Online learning communities: COOL idea or not?

    The proposal for new online learning communities has sparked suggestions that we’re about to unleash online charter schools onto New Zealand education.

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    Joining the dots between education and the workplace

    At this year’s Higher Education Summit there was a call for better linkages between education and industry to address the skills gap threatening many sectors.

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    Universities and schools interface with businesses

    On the same days as the Higher Education Summit, businesses in Auckland and Wellington opened their doors to university and secondary school students to give a glimpse of the corporate and tech careers that await them.

June 2016

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    Communities of Learning “game-changing”

    JUDE BARBACK looks at two established Communities of Learning and finds enthusiasm and optimism for the new initiative is overriding some of the earlier negativity surrounding the controversial IES policy.

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    Are New Zealand’s scientists too scared to say what they think?

    The fight for the mighty research dollar is creating some significant barriers to scientists commenting on controversial issues. ELIZABETH McLEOD discovers why some of our leading minds are calling for a Commission for Science.

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    An end to job-hopping for beginning teachers?

    Education Review looks at the NZEI Te Riu Roa’s new charter, which aims to prompt best practice when it comes to employing beginning teachers.

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    Express to Success

    In an effort to raise Māori achievement rates for NCEA Level 2, the Ministry has partnered with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa to provide five learning support hubs.

April 2016

February 2016


    The sector speaks up: the future of New Zealand education

    Education Review’s outstanding ‘Sector Voices’ special e-edition was published at the end of 2015, bringing together the varied and considered opinions of leaders, principals and teachers to reveal the key issues New Zealand education faces going forward. Here is a taste of some of the topics and views that emerged.

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    Are we failing our students with learning differences?

    GUY POPE-MAYELL says the recent Select Committee Inquiry [into the identification and support for students with the significant challenges of dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools] provided a chilling insight into the problems that students with learning differences can face. He outlines some of the issues and potential solutions.

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    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.

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    The importance of parent voice

    With so much attention on teaching practice, policy decisions and student agency, it’s easy to forget one of the most influential stakeholders in a child’s schooling – the parents. JUDE BARBACK looks at the importance of making parents and whānau part of the education conversation.

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    The power of the IEP – getting parents on board

    Sharon Fuemana and children

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    Online assessment – what’s stopping us?

    JUDE BARBACK looks at where the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is at on its digital assessment journey.

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    Acceleration groups – finding the formula for success in maths

    SUE TAYLOR discusses how priority learners can achieve better outcomes through focused, high-impact mathematics instruction from their own classroom teacher than from intervention programmes.   

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    The Great Outdoors

    The physical environment plays an important role in children’s education and in shaping their development. Here, US teacher and Fulbright scholar LAUREN ZAPPONE MAPLES congratulates New Zealand for providing students with well-supported outdoor education opportunities.

October 2015

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    Research and the real world

    Internship programmes for postgraduate students align with New Zealand’s tertiary education strategy as they help connect the dots between postgraduate education and the workplace. Yet where is the funding to support such initiatives? JUDE BARBACK investigates.

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    Research funding – spoilt for choice?

    Tertiary sector research manager STEPHEN COX understands the difficulties that universities and institutes of technology face in finding appropriate external research funding opportunities. 

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    New Zealand’s best interests at the CoRE

    Education Review discovers a new Centre of Research Excellence tackling some big research issues for the benefit of New Zealand.

October 2014

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    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.

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    Selecting your research supervisor … it’s your choice!

    Dr CHRISTOPHER THEUNISSEN of Manukau Institute of Technology says selecting the right supervisor is an important decision for any research project.

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    Achieving a work-life-study balance

    DR CHRISTOPHER THEUNISSEN discusses how a supported distance teaching and learning model can help ensure student success in a time poor environment.

May 2014

March 2014

December 2013

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    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.

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    Sun sets on Teachers Council

    With the new Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand set to replace the New Zealand Teachers Council next year, teachers are anxious that their new independent statutory professional body truly is independent. JUDE BARBACK looks at how things are evolving.

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    The Novopay nightmare – when will it end?

    The Ministry of Education’s troubled payroll system is allegedly on the mend, but at what cost? JUDE BARBACK reflects on Novopay’s painful journey so far.

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    Venturing into un’charter’ed territory

    The opposition to charter schools intensifies with the announcement of the first five partnership schools in New Zealand. JUDE BARBACK weighs up the arguments as the new schools prepare to open their doors.

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    PBRF gets ready for shake-up

    A review of New Zealand’s tertiary education funding system, the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF), looks set to place more emphasis on commercialised research, a proposal that has attracted some criticism. Will this and other changes result in a new and improved funding process for tertiary education organisations?

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    Rethinking deciles

    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.

July 2013

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    EdTech sector Lights the way forward

    The inaugural EdTech conference this year highlighted opportunities for New Zealand to lead the way with learning technology. Education New Zealand’sMIKE BOOKER reports.

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    Leaping the red tape to London

    Passports held hostage, visa hold-ups, trouble with teacher registration and police checks ... forget the horror stories of gaining entry and employment into the UK – recent law changes, helpful agencies and a good attitude will see you in a London classroom before too long. JUDE BARBACK reports.

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    The big wide world – but at what cost?

    Concerns over health and safety, increasing inequality between and within schools, financial pressure on parents, and difficulty with fundraising all create hurdles for the overseas school trip. However, many schools believe these obstacles should not stand in the way of offering their students the chance to experience the world.

January 2013

December 2012

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    Education in Review: reflections on 2012

    Education Review asks the sector to reflect on the twists and turns education has taken this year and their hopes and expectations for 2013.

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    The Christchurch conundrum

    Mixed reactions emerge as Christchurch communities take part in consultation about the proposed education renewal plan.

  • NovoPAIN

    The Ministry of Education’s new payroll system Novopay has caused many problems for many schools. JUDE BARBACK considers whether it is one mishap too many for New Zealand education.

  • The silver lining of cloud-based learning

    Cloud-based learning is transforming teaching and learning in New Zealand schools, with increasing support for BYOD initiatives and educational apps.

  • Bulk buying: the pros and cons of Government procurement reforms

    The introduction of all-of-Government contracts have been a significant part of the Government Procurement Reform Programme, aimed at improving procurement and achieving greater cost efficiencies. Yet, despite the savings, most schools opt out. Why?

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    Charter Schools: answer to underachievement or mad experiment?

    Of all the controversial issues New Zealand’s education sector has faced this year, charter schools remain one of the most contentious. Education Review gets both sides of the story.

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    Decile decisions

    The Education Review Office’s decision to scrap decile ratings from its school reports raises the question of the purpose and usefulness of the school decile system. JUDE BARBACK reports.

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    Early childhood education in 2012: a round-up


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    Failure to launch: postgraduate initial teacher education

    The Ministry of Education’s welcome u-turn in June on its policies concerning class sizes and teacher cuts had a knock-on effect for the proposal to move initial teacher education to postgraduate-level. Now confusion reigns among providers and prospecti

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    Public property: schools’ achievement

    *The decision to make National Standards results public has angered many schools and unions. But will it help lift performance as predicted?*

October 2012

September 2012

  • League Tables: Learning from experience

    If there was a league table for international education systems, New Zealand would likely rank near the top. Will the introduction of primary school league tables see our ranking plummet?

  • 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.

  • ENZ’s bold new plans

    Education Review asks Education New Zealand CEO GRANT McPHERSON how the new government agency plans to achieve its international education targets.

February 2012

  • Finding the magic number

    Education Review delves into at what is driving the push to increase class sizes and why the education sector is so opposed.

  • 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.

  • Students encouraged to Be Healthy, Be Active

    Teachers have welcomed a new resource for year 7 and 8 students, Be Healthy, Be Active – Kia Ora, Kia Korikori, as perfect for starting the school year, with its focus on making good choices around healthy eating and physical activity.

  • Hekia’s hopes for New Zealand education

    New Zealand’s new Minister of Education, Hon HEKIA PARATA gives Education Review an insight into her background and shares her aspirations for New Zealand’s education system.

  • Our big bullying problem: are we getting anywhere?

    New research shows that New Zealand’s schools’ anti-bullying policies are not up to scratch. What else can we do? JUDE BARBACK confronts this uncomfortable topic.

  • Playing at parenting: Plunket’s role in our schools

    Plunket does more than provide check-ups for two-year-olds and playgroups for new mums. JUDE BARBACK looks at what Plunket is achieving through its Education in Schools programme.

  • Codes of practice

    PETER COOLBEAR analyses the implications of codes of practice for domestic tertiary students.

  • Mentoring new teachers: putting the new guidelines into action

    The Teachers Council reports good feedback from the newly implemented Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring and Mentor Teachers and looks to the next steps.

  • Finding middle ground

    Is our intermediate school system working? JUDE BARBACK asks why there is a growing band of support in New Zealand for middle schools, encompassing Years 7 to 10.

June 2010

March 2010

  • State of the relationship

    Relations between the Minister of Education and teachers do not appear to be good. JOHN GERRITSEN assesses the implications

  • The year ahead

    Education Review asks education leaders to share their thoughts on the big issues looming for the school sector this year