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The sector speaks up: the future of New Zealand education

Education Review’s outstanding ‘Sector Voices’ special e-edition was published at the end of 2015, bringing together the varied and considered opinions of leaders, principals and teachers to reveal the key issues New Zealand education faces going forward. Here is a taste of some of the topics and views that emerged.

Is ‘mat time’ a waste of time?

ANITA MORTLOCK shares her research about the common practice of ‘mat time’ in New Zealand schools.

Play-based learning: producing critical, creative and innovative thinkers

STEPHANIE MENZIES enters a plea to bring play back into the classroom.

Buried in paperwork

It’s thought to be one of the biggest complaints teachers make: too much paperwork. But what exactly does this mean? Marking and moderation is only the beginning, writes MELISSA WASTNEY.

Are we coding for coding’s sake?

More and more Kiwi kids are learning to code, but are teachers empowering their students to think critically and solve problems, or just introducing them to the latest tech fad? By JUDE BARBACK.

Play misunderstood: the divide between primary classroom

SARAH AIONO of Longworth Education suggests that a successful play-based learning environment requires a level of skill by teachers not easily understood by school management.

The Herald’s report: the trouble with NZ’s primary schools

Thousands of children begin secondary school each year without the reading, writing or maths skills needed to make it through. The Herald's 'The Primary Issue' is the first of a series that looks at what more can be done to raise achievement for all Kiwi kids.

Te Reo’s doubtful future and the prospect of compulsion

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

NCEA review picking up pace

Education Minister CHRIS HIPKINS says the NCEA review is an opportunity to improve the assessment system.

School boom in the bay

What prompts the building of new schools? Who makes the decisions and how are they made? JUDE BARBACK looks at one of the fastest growing areas in the country for answers.
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