Sector welcomes Te Whāriki update
New Zealand’s early childhood education curriculum Te Whāriki has been updated for the first time time since it was first published in 1996. The early childhood education sector has welcomed the update, but some have voiced concerns about the level of funding earmarked for professional development for teachers to lead the updated curriculum.
New chief executive for EDUCANZ
Dr Graham Stoop has been appointed chief executive of the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ). He will take up the position on 9 November.
Recommendations to ECE welcome – but funding needed
A new report from the Advisory Group on Early Learning recommends that early childhood education (ECE) services and schools have a more formal responsibility to work with children and their families as they make the critical transition from ECE to school.
Cultivating a 'maker culture' in the classroom
The ‘Maker Culture’ ─ the general term given to inventors, designers and creative types ─ is gaining ground as a great tool to activate creative learning and innovation in the classroom.
EDUCANZ members announced
Education Minister Hekia Parata’s announcement yesterday of the members of the new teacher professional body, the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ) has angered teacher unions.
Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards finalists named
Education Minister Hekia Parata says eleven entrants have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards.
Opinion: Should teachers pay registration fees under EDUCANZ?
The PPTA is considering placing payment of professional certification fees by the Ministry of Education in the Secondary Teachers’ Collective Agreement. By ANGELA ROBERTS.
PPTA members vote to boycott Educanz
Members of the secondary teachers’ union, the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA), have voted to boycott nominations for the new teachers’ professional body Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (Educanz).
Ministry disputes NZEI’s IES claims
The Ministry of Education disputes the NZEI Te Riu Roa’s claim that the Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative favours high-decile schools.
Massey researchers find IES evidence doesn’t stack up
A team of Massey University education policy specialists has highlighted 11 areas of concern about the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success (IES) programme.
Controversial Education Amendment Bill passes its third reading
The legislation underpinning the new professional body for teachers, EDUCANZ (Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) passed its third reading last night.
Safer Internet Day drives the cybersafety message home
Today is Safer Internet Day (SID) in New Zealand, run by NetSafe in partnership with CORE Education, and supported by a large number of New Zealand organisations including New Zealand Police and Vodafone.
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.
Top teachers recognised
Five outstanding New Zealand teachers have been recognised at the 2014 ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA).
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.*
From tweeting to meeting
Members of a Twitter network for New Zealand educators, #edchatNZ, are preparing to meet face-to-face at the inaugural #edchatNZ conference in Auckland. Registrations have opened for the event, which will take place at the new Hobsonville Point Secondary School in Auckland over the 8-9th of August this year.
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?
Education Ministers in waiting
Education Review editor JUDE BARBACK catches up with Nikki Kaye, who is tipped to become Education Minister in May, and Labour’s education spokesperson Chris Hipkins about what the future holds for New Zealand education.
Election year special: What do we want New Zealand education to look like?
With a General Election looming, Education Review asked political and sector leaders for their respective thoughts on the direction that New Zealand education should be taking.
9 (other) things that would make ECE better
As more children are enrolling in early childhood education than ever before, the sector is concerned about keeping up with demand and offering a quality service. Education Review highlights nine areas in which improvements could be made.
The yellow brick road to EDUCANZ
The notion of EDUCANZ’s so-called ‘independence’ is questioned as the new legislation makes its way through Parliament.
The transition between ECE and school
How well aligned are our ECE and school sectors? JUDE BARBACK looks closely at a child’s transition from early childhood education to school in New Zealand.
Sun sets on Teachers Council
With the new Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand set to replace the New Zealand Teachers Council next year, teachers are anxious that their new independent statutory professional body truly is independent. JUDE BARBACK looks at how things are evolving.
The Novopay nightmare – when will it end?
The Ministry of Education’s troubled payroll system is allegedly on the mend, but at what cost? JUDE BARBACK reflects on Novopay’s painful journey so far.
Making learning stories come alive with technology
Early childhood settings are embracing new software to share children’s portfolios with their families, but JUDE BARBACK asks whether people will mourn the inevitable loss of the printed learning journeys or embrace technological change?
Privacy in the cloud
‘Cloud’ computing is rapidly becoming more than just another buzzword in our digital lives. The expected paradigm shift has implications for schools that are not yet fully understood, and with data integrity on everyone’s mind these days, Education Review, looks at exactly where the buck stops.
There’s no iPad in team or is there?
Tablet devices are excellent for individual independent learning, but do they promote collaboration in the classroom? JUDE BARBACK finds out.
The Ministry of Education’s new payroll system Novopay has caused many problems for many schools. JUDE BARBACK considers whether it is one mishap too many for New Zealand education.
The Teacher Brain Drain
Current oversupply of teachers is forcing new teacher graduates to consider looking for jobs overseas, but is teaching abroad all it’s cracked up to be?
Must try harder: ERO’s report card
Education Review Office’s evaluation report on New Zealand schools was a dose of reality to the sector. With an education system suggested to now be less-than-world-class, what is it going to take to raise student achievement to the levels required? JUD
Early childhood education in 2012: a round-up
Qualifications necessary in ECE
A letter published in the New Zealand Herald some time ago conveyed the author’s sentiments effectively.
The role of the ECE teacher
How can we do the best we can for young children in early childhood services?
What it means to be an ECE student
NICOLA DUNHAM considers all angles in her research concerning the academic identity of field-based early childhood initial teacher education students.
In Piaget's footsteps
American professor Alison Gopnik is emerging as a leading light in child psychology. LAWRENCE WATT reports.
From Nelson to Nepal
Last year Education Review talked to Nelson early childhood teacher SERINA ESPOSITO prior to her volunteer adventure in Nepal. Here, we find out about how she got on.
Thank a teacher - Every morning, from my kitchen window, I watch school children waiting at the school bus stop near my house.
Growing strides for footsteps
footsteps provides in-home education to pre-school children for free. JUDE BARBACK talks to footsteps’ managing director Kevin Christie about this remarkable organisation’s rapid growth and future plans.
New teachers, listen up
An education lecturer, a researcher and a teacher who has recently completed her first year of teaching all give their tips on what new teachers should be prepared for in 2012.
Culture bonus for Australian teacher
KATE RUSSELL interviewed Australian teacher Amanda Pethybridge about working on this side of the ditch
Hungarian technique meets a special need
Auckland-based ZSOFIA OLAH’s journey teaching children with motor disorders began many years ago in Budapest. She shares her training memories and outlines Conductive Education
Associations, unions and more – here’s a brief guide to the education sector.
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?
Success in the early years
New to early childhood education? Education Review talks to an award-winning teacher about starting your career on the right note.
What kind of teacher are you?
How can prospective teachers choose which branch of the profession to enter?
These parents are doing it
MAUREEN WOODHAMS outlines a world-leading organisation built on the core value of parents laying a lasting foundation for their children’s learning.
From special needs
to success for all?
A spade is now a spade
GEOFF VAUSE reports on expectations now placed on providers of teacher education.