Education Models

Policy

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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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    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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    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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    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: 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?

February 2017

October 2016

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    ED's Letter

    The Productivity Commission’s recently released draft report on its inquiry into new models of tertiary education tentatively raises the suggestion of Student Education Accounts, the idea being that the Government’s annual investment into tertiary tuition and training could instead be divvied up between every resident. The upshot would be every 16-year-old having access to $45,000 to spend on training of their choice, at a time that best suits them.

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    What the Commission found

    The education sector has had much to say about the Productivity Commission’s eagerly anticipated draft report on its inquiry into new models of tertiary education.

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    University Entrance: always a bridesmaid?

    DR JOHN BOEREBOOM says University Entrance (UE) has always been the bridesmaid of the New Zealand secondary school qualifications. In this article he questions whether the present requirements for entry into universities are fair and valid.

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    Offshore delivery of education boosts economic growth

    A new report shows the revenue from New Zealand’s education services delivered offshore rose to $171 million last year, an increase from an estimated $104 million in 2012.

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    What does the Tertiary Education Amendment Bill have in store?

    The proposed Education (Tertiary Education and other Matters) Amendment Bill is looking to make things fairer for private training establishments (PTEs). 

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    New tertiary education models around the globe: would they work in New Zealand?

    The New Zealand Productivity Commission’s 2016 tertiary education issues paper has highlighted several innovative new tertiary education models that are making an impact overseas.

August 2016

June 2016

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    Communities of Learning “game-changing”

    JUDE BARBACK looks at two established Communities of Learning and finds enthusiasm and optimism for the new initiative is overriding some of the earlier negativity surrounding the controversial IES policy.

April 2016

October 2015

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    Research and the real world

    Internship programmes for postgraduate students align with New Zealand’s tertiary education strategy as they help connect the dots between postgraduate education and the workplace. Yet where is the funding to support such initiatives? JUDE BARBACK investigates.

October 2014

June 2014

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    Open education: possible future or utopian idea?

    JUDE BARBACK considers the debates around open access and open educational resources.

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    Improving governance or Government power grab?

    The Government’s plans to reform university and wānanga governance councils to create smaller, skills-based councils have been opposed by many in the sector.

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    Crossing the threshold

    With one professor describing it as “the most important and innovative teaching development in the last 20 years” and an increasing number of faculty and students singing its praises, we find out what is the fuss over the ‘Threshold Concept Theory is all about.

May 2014

March 2014

December 2013

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    Venturing into un’charter’ed territory

    The opposition to charter schools intensifies with the announcement of the first five partnership schools in New Zealand. JUDE BARBACK weighs up the arguments as the new schools prepare to open their doors.

September 2013

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    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.

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    Education: Beeby’s, Tomorrow’s and Today’s

    RENEE GERLICH’s research into the history of New Zealand education reveals how various policy decisions over the years have done little to fulfil early education director Clarence Beeby’s vision of equality in education.

January 2013

December 2012

October 2012

September 2012

  • League Tables: Learning from experience

    If there was a league table for international education systems, New Zealand would likely rank near the top. Will the introduction of primary school league tables see our ranking plummet?

  • Pathway of the poor

    JUDE BARBACK talks to Australian expert, Dr John Polesel, about the need for quality, structured, and well-resourced vocational education and training programmes at secondary schools.

February 2012

  • A Kiwi education: what our students really think

    Education Review asks six new student leaders to reflect on their New Zealand education as they approach the end of their secondary schooling.

  • Getting the best from National Standards

    Jenny Poskitt advises teachers how to get to grips with Overall Teacher Judgments, to help them get the best out of National Standards for their students.

  • Finding middle ground

    Is our intermediate school system working? JUDE BARBACK asks why there is a growing band of support in New Zealand for middle schools, encompassing Years 7 to 10.

December 2011

  • Transportability of NCEA overseas

    How do NCEA qualifications stack up in other countries? ANGELA PEREZ of NZQA reports.

  • Common philosophy, shared goals

    New Zealand’s Open Polytechnic and India’s National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) are undertaking an exciting new collaboration.

  • Method behind the madness

    JUDE BARBACK considers whether some of the world’s more unorthodox education systems would work in New Zealand.

  • Thinking at the heart of the curriculum

    The New Zealand Curriculum requires the integration of multiple learning outcomes. CLINTON GOLDING looks to Australian curricula for answers.

  • Preparing global citizens

    New Zealand schools can learn from the success of Hutt International Boys’ School’s internationalisation programme. Education Review talks to DEAN RABBITT.

March 2010

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    ‘Step Change' treading on eggshells

    The recent inter-party report on school choice does not go far enough, argues GREG FLEMING

  • Primary Teachers have little to fear from National Standards

    The introduction of national standards in literacy and numeracy in primary schools is creating concern among primary teachers, principals and their union.

  • Apples and Pears

    League tables are a bogey for many in the school sector, but inter-school comparisons have their place, reports JOHN GERRITSEN

  • Blurring secondary-tertiary boundaries

    It’s the school that is not a school – the tertiary high school. JOHN GERRITSEN reports

  • Opportunity knocks

    The government’s Youth Opportunities suite of initiatives promises better things for young people. But could it also be the start of a sea change for secondary schooling in this country? JOHN GERRITSEN reports

  • The year ahead

    Education Review asks education leaders to share their thoughts on the big issues looming for the school sector this year

March 2011

  • NZ Teacher

    In-depth coverage of the big issues in the education sector for teachers, students in their final year of teacher education and education leaders. An invaluable source of information, especially for new teachers and those who mentor them!

  • Standards drama rolls out backstage

    A teacher’s guide to the Alignment of Standards project.

  • More than a jam sandwich

    Adult learners return to the classroom more than 30 years after their own indifferent high school years. Carol Walden asks can they cope?

  • In the eye of the beholder

    ROSEMARY CATHCART has been an exponent for Gifted and Talented children for 30 years. She wonders why Māori and Pasifika students are seldom seen on that school roll.

  • Seeking the bigger debate

    PETER SIMPSON is the new president of the New Zealand Principals Federation.