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Investing in Educational Success (IES) – moving on from stalemate

With the Government’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy now underway, JUDE BARBACK takes stock of the loose ends, most significantly how the NZEI’s new initiative will work alongside a policy it has rejected.

Charter schools one year in – are they working, and for whom?

A year since the first partnership schools opened their doors JUDE BARBACK considers what the first independent evaluation of the model should be considering.

School assessment – is it time to change NCEA and National Standards?

With issues surrounding moderation, consistency and ranking continuing to plague NCEA and National Standards, JUDE BARBACK considers some ideas touted to bring more relevancy, meaning and fairness to our national models of assessment.

Beyond the decile system

Many in the education sector believe the decile system isn’t working. Even the Minister of Education calls it “a blunt instrument”, and says she’d like to ditch it. Exactly what’s wrong with deciles, and can they be fixed? asks ELIZABETH McLEOD.

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.

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.

Investing in educational success: opinion

PAT NEWMAN thinks teachers and principals should not be fooled by the Government’s “$359 million bolt out of the blue”.

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 charter school, the state school and the union

JUDE BARBACK looks at the mounting tensions in Northland as PPTA members enforce their ban on teaching students from the new partnership school.

NZ government’s new education policy

JUDE BARBACK looks at sector reaction to the Government’s proposal to introduce new roles to help lift student achievement.
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