Friday 20 October

Provide more water fountains at playgrounds, say researchers

Provide more water fountains at playgrounds, say researchers A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found that only six per cent of Wellington City children’s playgrounds have drinking water fountains. The study looked at all 47…

Educators call on new government to take action

Teachers and educators have huge hope that the new Labour led Government will herald the rebuilding of New Zealand’s public education system and restore our children’s birthright to a free, world-class education…

What does new govt mean for education?

Education was also a key election issue. With huge pressures on Auckland schools especially, RNZ education correspondent John Gerritsen says there are high expectations.

Liam Rutherford: Public education crisis isn’t coming – its here

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, when talking about the education of New Zealand’s children its this: our children go to school to learn the critical and creative skills they’ll need to grow up in the 21st century. And, for that, they need teachers.

ECE sector has high hopes for new government – ECNZ

The formation of a new coalition government today is welcomed by Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand (ECNZ). Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party all promised to increase investment in quality early childhood education (ECE) in their pre-election manifestos.

SPCA educating children about animal abuse through new storybook collection

The SPCA has released a series of storybooks as part of its nationwide education programme for New Zealand primary schools.

 

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Thursday 19 October

A briefing to the incoming Education Minister

Soon the new Government will be announced and incoming Ministers will begin receiving their briefings (BIMS). Shane Cowlishaw does the work for the bureaucrats and writes a BIM for whoever is the next Education Minister.

Unitec reverses enrolment outsourcing decision

The move to the firm Concentrix in April last year cut 86 jobs from Unitec and staff later blamed the shift for a drop in student numbers.

Students and staff hit hardest by constant upheaval

Tertiary education institutions across New Zealand are restructuring how courses and services are delivered, causing unnecessary stress and uncertainty for thousands of staff and students.

Wednesday 18 October

New book aimed at bridging divide for school parents

Bali Haque has just published his second book that bridges the gap between secondary schools and parents.

New era dawns for teachers and pupils of Te Kura o Ngāti Hauā

Ngāti Hauā kaumatua Rewi Rapana couldn’t wait to see the day, when the aspirations of his tūpuna were realised for Te Kura ō Ngāti Hauā.

University group pushing for mental health support in intermediate schools

A new petition is calling for more support for intermediate-aged children suffering from mental illnesses.

 

Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 October

Growing Up Monolingual Inspired Academic To Learn Te Reo

An academic’s childhood growing up in a monolingual education system inspired him to learn te reo Māori as an adult, and to a research career in bilingualism…

Educators NZ – Propellerhead helps Kiwi kids get access to digital education

More Kiwi kids will have access to tech education, thanks to New Zealand software company Propellerhead.

Tenacity, teamwork may replace rote learning in Kiwi schools

Rote learning may be finally on the way out of our schools, as 4000 Kiwi students try out a new system of measuring the skills that employers really want – such as tenacity and team work.

 

Wednesday 11 & Thursday 12 October

Truth or fable: Are teachers underpaid? We unpick the figures on both sides

The PPTA said the Ministry will always find something to suggest they don’t need to pay teachers more. Of course, the Ministry disagrees.

A 2015 report by the independent New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) found that more than 60 per cent of secondary teachers worked more than 10 hours per week outside of the time students were at school, while 18 per cent worked at least an extra 20 hours.

A Haeata student gives her view on modern learning

Author Kimberley Baker, 12, a student at Haeata Community School, says the new school’s Modern Learning Environments are helping everyone to learn, even if it takes some time to adjust.

Housing, education, health and ‘first world wages and jobs’ the focus for Winston Peters

Winston Peters says he’s never stopped thinking about the four things that will change the lives of Māori – housing, education, health and “first world wages and jobs”.

Maori programme Inspire in Education takes shape

A man who struggled in education when he was younger has developed a programme to help keep more Maori students in school and achieving later in life.

 

Tuesday 10 October

Kiwi accent might affect literacy, experts say

The vowel shift that creates the saying “fush and chups” could hinder the way Kiwis learn English…

Scholarships offered to boost Maori in IT

A lack of diversity in information technology is behind a move to encourage more Maori to step into the industry. The IT school, Enspiral Dev Academy is offering 42 web development scholarships for Maori students to increase the number of Maori working in IT. Te Manu Korihi’s John Boynton reports…

South Canterbury schools seeing society’s pressures bear down on youngsters

South Canterbury Principals Association president Jane Culhane said school staff were increasingly aware of the importance of safeguarding children’s mental health…