Teachers’ Strike: Premature Exhortation?

Lyall Lukey, Convener of the recent Education Leaders Forum “Valuing Educators-Revaluing Education” argues that precipitate strike action is counterproductive to lifting the status and salaries of present teachers and recruiting the next generation.

Play IS learning: why play-time matters more than you think

Anna Clements looks at a Bay of Plenty school that is experiencing the joys and benefits of implementing a play-based learning approach.

Learning on beanbags: do ergonomics matter in education?

Kiwi kids are increasingly working on beanbags, but what is the impact on their bodies? And should schools be showing the same concern that employers are legally required to do, for their students? RACHEL HELYER DONALDSON looks at some of the effects of learning in a modern learning environment.

Can you have a life and be a primary teacher at the same time?

A large part of the reason behind tomorrow’s industrial action boils down to one big question: can you build a life and be a primary school teacher at the same time? The four people interviewed for this story, who are in and around the day-to-day of that life, say the answer, as matters stand, is categorically ‘no’. By JAYLAN BOYLE.

We need to talk about…life-long learning

Roger Smyth discusses how micro-credentials will help resolve the emerging need for training but raises questions about how the government is going to effectively fund life-long learning.

Disruptive changes in tertiary education: complementary or contentious?

From MOOCs to micro-credentials, tertiary education and training is adapting to keep pace with a changing world. But, asks Education Central, what might that mean for New Zealand institutions, and is the degree under threat?

NCEA: How does it stack up internationally?

As teaching experts thrash out what’s working and what’s not in NCEA, Anna Clements looks at how New Zealand’s high school qualification system compares with those in other countries.

Co-existing in harmony: combining qualification systems

Some New Zealand schools choose to combine NCEA with alternative qualifications, such as the IB Diploma. How does this work in the day-to-day life of a school?

The big NCEA Review – is it heading down the right path?

JUDE BARBACK takes stock of what students, principals, unions and academics think of the six big opportunities on the table for the NCEA review – and the review itself.

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.
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