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.
Zero to hero: why we need phonics more than ever in the digital age
Massey University’s TOM NICHOLSON discusses the importance of phonics in helping children become better spellers – and why spelling is important.
Counterargument: is our main goal really to produce a generation of good spellers?
Teacher JAMES THOMLINSON discusses how the way writing is assessed forces teachers to put too much emphasis on aspects such as spelling and punctuation.
Closing the rich-poor divide in literacy
Massey University’s PROFESSOR TOM NICHOLSON says we need to redesign the literacy that is taught in our schools so that it works for those in lower socio-economic communities.
Building bridges between home and school: empowering parents and improving reading
Fulbright Scholar and Northcote College teacher DAVID TAYLOR’s research in New Zealand and the United States found that initiatives to encourage better parental involvement in students’ reading not only resulted in improved reading habits, but also had significant additional benefits.
From New Zealand to Nigeria: making meaning of the Bring Back the Girls campaign
From New Zealand to Nigeria: making meaning of the Bring Back the Girls campaign.
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.
The write path to remedial spelling
The campaigner, the Ministry, and the schools. JUDE BARBACK considers the different stances when it comes to addressing remedial spelling in schools.