The primary years – NZC, Cambridge or IB?

While the vast majority of New Zealand primary schools follow The New Zealand Curriculum, a small number favour the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme or the Cambridge International Primary Programme. Here, proponents of each system discuss the relative merits and weaknesses.

Achieving thesis perfection

PROFESSOR ALISON JONES gives her 12 top tips for postgraduate writing success.

Is the board of trustees model working?

DR STUART MIDDLETON questions the effectiveness of New Zealand’s current system of school governance.

Enrichment or acceleration or both? How to best provide for gifted students

The research shows the enrichment classes are not enough to cater for gifted students. What should schools be doing instead? JUDE BARBACK investigates.

Current challenges in secondary schools

A new report on New Zealand’s secondary schools provides many useful insights into current issues for teachers and schools, writes New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) chief researcher CATHY WYLIE.

The gender divide: men in ECE

KATE RUSSELL investigates why there are so few male early childhood education teachers in New Zealand.

Making tomorrow’s history today: the importance of alumni

A school’s recognition and celebration of past students’ achievements can benefit its current students. But without a past, are new schools at a disadvantage? JUDE BARBACK talks to three high schools about the importance of alumni.

NCEA vs other systems: the downside of picking sides

The 10th anniversary of NCEA reveals there is still division in the ranks, with many elite schools offering alternative options for students.

iPads: do they have a place in ECE?

The debate continues on the use of ICT in early childhood education. JUDE BARBACK looks at the New Zealand stance.

Qualification necessary in ECE

A letter published in the New Zealand Herald some time ago conveyed the author’s sentiments effectively.
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