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.

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.

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.

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.

Our so-called “world-class” education system

New Zealand is promoted as having one of the best education systems on the planet. However, are we glossing over the students who are being left behind? JUDE BARBACK questions the approach taken to address inequality in education.

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.
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