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Too soon to declare qualifications dead

ROGER SMYTH tempers suggestions that qualifications are dead with some compelling evidence.

Te Reo’s doubtful future and the prospect of compulsion

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

More support needed to improve school culture, says advocacy group

In a rare move, the Ministry of Education has agreed to override zoning rules to allow a bullied student to change schools this year. Is this merely a Band-Aid solution that avoids addressing an underlying culture of bullying in our schools?

Auckland teachers tell it like it is

Two Auckland teachers share what it is like to work and live in Auckland.

Changes to initial teacher education announced in budget

In the run up to Budget Day, Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a number of changes affecting initial teacher education (ITE) that are aimed to improve the supply and quality of teachers.

“Crisis of anxiety”: a call for more counsellors in our schools

Are we are doing enough to ensure the wellbeing of students at all levels in our schools? ANNIE GRAHAM-RILEY reports.

Is our main goal really to produce a generation of good spellers?

JAMES THOMLINSON, aka 'Mr T' discusses how the way writing is assessed forces teachers to put too much emphasis on aspects like spelling and punctuation.

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.

Experts and naturals: should we make the move to universal postgraduate ITE?

As the Education Council prepares to take their pitch for a move to postgraduate ITE on the road, it seems inevitable that the proposal will get over the line.

The “Kardashian effect”: in defence of single gender education

In New Zealand, single-gender education is a choice parents can make – not a common scenario in comparable state education systems. As the debate continues to burn in the US, JAYLAN BOYLE talks to two principals of single-gender schools about why they believe their school environment is a force for good – both cite reasons that might not be immediately obvious.
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