Revisiting NZ school qualifications 130 years on

Twenty years after NCEA was first mooted, New Zealand is once again revisiting its qualification system. FIONA CASSIE looks at the 130-year-plus history of our school qualification system.

Demystifying the d-word: the need for death education in New Zealand schools

While attitudes are slowly changing, the subject of death is still cloaked in stigma and taboo. JUDE BARBACK examines calls to educate children about death, dying and ageing.

“You’re about to go off the edge of a cliff” – UK expert fears...

Headmistress of a low-decile inner-city London school, Katharine Birbalsingh, believes traditional teaching methods and a curriculum driven by content are the hallmarks of a quality education. JUDE BARBACK was among those to attend her presentation last night.

Is it time to change New Zealand’s “white, middle-class” approach to reading?

Our approach to reading in New Zealand assumes children come to school with “white, middle-class experiences” and we need to take a good hard look at how we structure literacy learning. By Anna Clements.

Life after National Standards: business as usual, or opportunity for change?

Rachel Helyer Donaldson talks to schools about finding the new normal now that National Standards are a thing of the past.

Do Cambridge exams plug an NCEA-shaped hole?

As NCEA comes under scrutiny, Education Review questions whether Cambridge exams do a better job than our national school qualification at preparing our students for university study.

New NCEA report: “We should be weighing credits – not counting them”

The Ministry of Education says it will look closely at the New Zealand Initiative's suggestion of weighing NCEA credits, rather than simply counting credits, in order to effectively measure student and school performance.

NCEA not up to standard, new report says

The flexibility of NCEA may also be its drawback, according to a new report by public policy think tank the New Zealand Initiative (NZI).

Inclusive education – where are we going wrong?

New Zealand has one of the most inclusive education systems in the world. Research shows we are better at including students with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms than most other countries. Yet the stats, international assessment rankings and anecdotal evidence show that we’re not so crash-hot when it comes to meeting the needs of our priority learners and our students with special educational needs. JUDE BARBACK asks why.

How important are school pools?

MELISSA WASTNEY asks how the phasing out of swimming pools in our schools is affecting young New Zealanders, and what is involved in keeping school pools open.
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