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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.

Opinion: government contradicts itself with online learning for school children

ANDREW GIBBONS says the government’s legislative plans to open the market for online primary education contradicts its existing early childhood education policy.

Te Reo’s doubtful future and the prospect of compulsion

Professor PAUL MOON says making Te Reo compulsory in schools is not the answer.

New Zealand’s first charter school – three years on

JUDE BARBACK checks in on New Zealand’s first charter school nearly three years on to find out how it is progressing, in spite of ongoing opposition to the partnership schools model.

What to do with Charter Schools

ALWYN POOLE says the legislative changes that are required to allow the effective continuation of charter schools are obvious.

Inequality of school achievement: why the events of 2012 will not fix the problem

JOHN CLARK examines the long tail of underachievement through key events this year, including the class sizes controversy, charter schools debate, National Standards, and the Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement.

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.

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.

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.

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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