News & Opinion

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    Rethinking school funding

    DR JOHN BOEREBOOM says that using a summative measure of assessment against outcome measures like National Standards and NCEA is unfair and too simplistic to adequately fund schools as these measures provide little information on student progress and whether schools are doing a “good job”.

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    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.

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    Unlocking Curious Minds projects need ongoing funding

    New Zealand science teachers have welcomed the $2 million of funding from the 2017 Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund, however they are concerned that the successful projects to receive funding will not be sustainable without adequate ongoing funding and support.

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    New NZ Sign Language resources for NCEA

    Education Minister Hekia Parata today welcomed the release of NCEA Level 3 achievement standards and assessment resources for New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).

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    CensusAtSchool kicks off for 2017

    Students will be able to see how their pocket money stacks up against their peers and whether they're getting less after-school screen time when they become data detectives in this year's CensusAtSchool TataurangaKiTeKura.

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    New PaCT demo site "wasted resource" say teachers

    Principals and teachers have described the Ministry of Education’s new demo website for the Progress and Consistency Tool (PaCT) as “wasted resource” as they express their frustration at more money being invested into tools that support National Standards.

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    International, award-winning storyteller to visit Kiwi schools

    JUDE BARBACK envies all the Kiwi kids who will get to see and hear the amazing storyteller Mona Williams in action as she tours New Zealand schools this year.

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    Innovation fund opens to early learning

    The government's $18m Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF) has been extended to teachers and kaiako from early childhood education services and kohanga reo.

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    More teacher training needed to realise te reo Maori goal

    Primary and secondary school teacher unions have applauded the Green Party for its commitment to teaching te reo Māori to every New Zealand child but say more investment into teacher training and professional development is needed to realise the vision.

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    Stressed out principals

    A survey of primary school principals and deputies has uncovered high levels of stress, burnout, excessive workloads and a lack of professional support from the Ministry of Education and school boards. NZEI Te Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart has described the situation as "not sustainable".

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    New NZEI and NZPF presidents gear up for election year

    With a General Election looming, the new presidents of NZEI Te Rui Roa and the New Zealand Principals' Federation (NZPF) are gearing up for a busy year ahead.

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    NCEA results out

    Students eagerly logged onto the NZQA website on Tuesday morning to check their National Certificate of Achievement (NCEA) exam results. By midday, NZQA had reported around 65,000 log-ins.

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    The rising cost of education in New Zealand

    The cost of a state education in New Zealand has climbed to $38,362 in the past 10 years, according to exclusive research released today. Private education costs have also soared over the past decade, with costs increasing by nearly 50 per cent .  

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    Beating the 'summer slump' by blogging

    East Auckland school students are beating the ‘summer slump’ – or the loss of learning that occurs during the long holidays - with a digital blogging programme run by literacy education researchers at the University of Auckland’s Woolf Fisher Research Centre.

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    Sector Voices: the biggest challenge facing education

    We asked prominent people from within the sector what they perceived to be the biggest challenge currently facing New Zealand education. Here is what they had to say.

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    Overseas student loans collection gains pace

    The Government says it has netted $150 million in additional payments since it launched an initiative four years ago to encourage overseas student loan debtors to start repaying their loans.

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    Decile system review on the cards

    Following the release of the latest decile ratings, Minister of Education Hekia Parata has confirmed her intentions to review the 25-year old decile system.

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    Sector groups oppose EDUCANZ

    The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) and the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) continue to express their concerns about EDUCANZ, the new professional body set to replace Teachers’ Council, as the underpinning legislation swiftly proceeds to its second reading.

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    Birth of #WellyED

    On the back of the success of educators’ forum #edchatNZ, another new venture has begun: the Wellington connected educators’ group, #WellyED.

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    Addressing equity gap emerging as biggest challenge for NZ education

    A New Zealand Education Review supplement that discusses the biggest challenges currently facing New Zealand education shows that many sector leaders are most concerned about the widening equity gap and the effect it is having on student achievement.

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    Top teachers recognised

    Five outstanding New Zealand teachers have been recognised at the 2014 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA).                                           

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    Schools are informed of new deciles

    The Ministry of Education has begun informing schools of the latest recalculation of school decile ratings, with all schools expected to know their new decile by 20th November.

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    2015 Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards launched

    *Education Minister Hekia Parata has launched the 2015 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, which recognise and celebrate excellence in teaching, leadership, community engagement and governance.*

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    Linwood College hits back at criticism

    Earlier this year it was making news for becoming New Zealand’s first science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM)-focused school, but this week Linwood College is in the media for all the wrong reasons.

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    NZEI’s online tool strengthens division over IES

    Primary teachers’ union the NZEI Te Riu Roa has released a new online tool that allows schools to compare benefits of the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy with other options, such as more resourcing for teacher aides and smaller classes.

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    Opinion - hazing: the underbelly of an otherwise excellent education

    My husband attended a prestigious boys’ boarding school in England. I attended a co-ed secondary state school in the Waikato. It is no perhaps no surprise we have fairly different views on “hazing”, the practice whereby older students administer punishments or ritualised initiation challenges for younger students.

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    N4L connects 1000th school to Managed Network

    Over 1000 schools have now been connected to Network4Learning’s Managed Network, which means more than 40 per cent of New Zealand schools are now using N4L’s services, which include fast and reliable internet connectivity, uncapped data, web filtering and network security.

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    More schools dive into the Pond

    *Network for Learning (N4L) has revealed some new features to its digital learning hub, Pond, today at the annual ULearn conference in Rotorua.*

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    Needs-based vs outcome-based school funding

    The contentious issue of school funding is on the agenda of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association’s annual conference, currently underway in Wellington.

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    New Zealand universities stable in world rankings

    *The positioning of New Zealand universities in the 2014/2015 QS World University Rankings, released today, remains stable; however, an overall lack of improvement suggests more investment is needed for universities to be globally competitive.*

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    Class size debate continues

    STEVE THOMAS continues the debate about Labour’s class size policy, clarifies some of the issues around education funding and class sizes, and raises new questions.

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    Primary principals shun IES while secondary principals reach agreement

    Breaking newspaper While secondary school principals are working alongside the Ministry of Education to move forward on the Government’s $359m Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative, primary school principals have voted against the scheme.

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    A different kind of education revolution

    The Innovation Partnership wants to see training for teachers on how to teach in modern classrooms and appropriate teaching methods to go alongside investment in digital technologies because devices alone can’t achieve better educational outcomes. MURRAY SHERWIN argues the case.

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    Secondary principals to vote on changes to IES policy

    The PPTA’s Secondary Principals’ Council and Secondary Principals’ Association will vote on an interim agreement that introduces some key changes to the Government’s Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative.

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    Opinion: Class size debate – what Labour’s policy means

    PPTA president ANGELA ROBERTS asserts that there has been a lot of misunderstanding about Labour’s class size policy announcement from the 'experts' and commentariat.

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    Opinion: More teachers and smaller classes won’t mean more learning

    The Government’s proposed Investing in Educational Success scheme has been debated in detail. Now, academic STEVE THOMAS takes a critical look at Labour’s proposed education sector funding in the lead up to the election.

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    Opinion: Linking STEM programme funding to tertiary teaching practice

    PETER COOLBEAR, director of Ako Aotearoa, discusses incentivising established good tertiary teaching practice to help meet government targets for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.

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    Opinion: Fully fund state schools – abolish school donations

    Associate Professor JOHN CLARK from Massey University’s Institute of Education suggests the Government has lost sight of free education and that there are more appropriate methods than parent donations to fund schools.

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    Opinion: Realising the future of education

    Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School, CLAIRE AMOS looks at why change is needed in New Zealand’s education system, what needs to change, and how to manage this change.

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    Opinion: IES – from crude proposal to detailed policy

    Post Primary Teachers' Association (PPTA) President ANGELA ROBERTS outlines what has changed with the Government’s proposed Investing in Educational Success policy since the announcement was made in January, and why the sector should support it.

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    Opinion: Is IES a solution to the ‘achievement challenge’?

    Massey University Associate Professor JOHN CLARK takes a closer look at the proposed Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative and finds the problems it hopes to solve to be more complex than IES can manage.

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    Opinion: Excellence shared or spread too thin?

    Yesterday's announcement was a masterstroke by Prime Minister John Key's National Government. It refocussed the education debate on positive action, raising student achievement, giving teachers and principals something more to which to aspire, and most importantly, addressing the need to spread quality teaching more evenly across deciles and regions. But will the initiative work?

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    Education a major player in Budget 2014

    Education featured prominently in Budget 2014, with Education Minister Hekia Parata announcing new spending of $858 million over four years and the remainder of this year.