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PETER COOLBEAR, director of Ako Aotearoa, discusses incentivising established good tertiary teaching practice to help meet government targets for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Failing to keep up New Zealand universities slip down the rankings

New Zealand’s universities took a dive in this year’s QS World University Rankings. JUDE BARBACK considers whether global university rankings really matter.

Making learning stories come alive with technology

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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.

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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.
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