Friday 19 January

Survey finds new teachers disillusioned and overworked

A survey of primary and ECE teachers in the first few years of their career has found that 17 per cent expect to leave the profession within five years of graduating…

Editorial: NCEA, assessment and attitudes must change

Senior school students received their NCEA results this week and few will have been surprised. Their teachers will have ensured that most of them got their required credits from internal assessments before they sat the national exams…

Cost of Education Almost Double Rate of Wage Increase

The cost of education in New Zealand has soared 42 per cent in the past decade, almost double the 22 per cent rise in wage growth in the same period, according to exclusive research released today…

Half of all high school teachers quit within 5 years

Schools are desperately trying to fill hundreds of teacher vacancies with just two weeks until students return…


Thursday 18 January

Alwyn Poole: Ministry of Education needs a shake-up

The crises in the New Zealand education system are well documented; a teacher shortage (quantity and quality), significant actual and comparative decline against international measures, a qualification system of messy and mixed credibility, the failed numeracy project, millions spent on national standards (and thrown away) …

Multimillion dollar boost for te reo

Efforts to get more people using te reo Māori at home and in the community are getting a boost with a new regional funding model…

Stuart Middleton: We pay lip service to learning and teaching languages

One might have thought New Zealand had by now understood the critical importance of teaching languages other than English…

Ako fund boosts Maori research efforts

Projects funded in the latest Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund are expected to make significant contribution to improving success for Maori and Pasifika tertiary learners…

Wednesday 17 January

Government pledges support for schools without staff

Schools are considering innovative ways to tackle the teacher shortage.

There are around 370 teacher vacancies in both our primary and secondary schools, most in Auckland.

How hard was that NCEA Level 1 Maths exam

While students glow or wallow in the wake of learning their exam results on Tuesday morning, the NZQA has released the provisional results of the tricky NCEA Level 1 exam that left some students and teachers “angry and frustrated”.

40pc of kiwi adults unable to read at functioning level

The Book Council says it is becoming increasingly alarmed at the literacy rate of New Zealand adults and children.


Tuesday 16 January

NCEA results today

About 140,000 school students will find out today how well they have done in New Zealand’s annual examination ritual – a rite of progress that may look completely different by the end of next year…

Schools may start new year without teachers, principals

Many schools around the country may be affected by the continuing teacher shortage…

Maori language revival plans failing

The guardians of te reo Māori have been challenged to stop being precious and to give the language a reason for surviving…

Te reo experts say Professor Paul Moon’s claims Moari language is in trouble are ‘ludicrous’ and ‘white noise’

Experts in Te Reo Maori Professor Pou Temara and Professor Rangi Matamua have responded to Paul Moon saying his claims that the Maori language is in trouble are ridiculous and out of sync and and example of “white noise”…




Monday 15 January

Monolingual no more: Kiwi kids take up diverse languages

Our primary schools have responded with a dramatic increase in the numbers learning at least the basics of foreign languages at school….

Campaign to focus on Fees Free

With just one day to go before almost 168,000 students will get their preliminary NCEA results, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) is reminding everyone considering tertiary education in 2018 to check their eligibility for Fees Free…

NCEA results out tomorrow – but you’ll have to guess the time

NCEA results are out tomorrow – but exam authorities won’t say exactly what time results will be online in case everyone tries to look at the same time…

Tuesday 19 December

Australia backs down on plans to charge Kiwi students higher fees

Kiwis studying at Australian universities will retain their access to government-subsidised fees…

Ako Aotearoa Appoints Helen Lomax Acting-Director

Ako Aotearoa is delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Lomax as its Acting-Director – to take effect from the beginning of February next year for a period of six months…

Early Childhood Council calls for balanced view

The Early Childhood Council (ECC) says so-called research released today about the early childhood education (ECE) sector lacks integrity and needs to be taken with a grain of salt …

School Newsletters & Visits Key Sources of Information

Delving into the school bag for the newsletter remains a reality for parents and whānau of primary and intermediate students. School newsletters remain the main source of information about their child’s school for parents and whānau, although the newsletter is more likely to be digital in higher decile schools.

‘Parents and whānau also reported school visits as the most helpful source of information for choosing a school,’ Senior Researcher Linda Bonne said. ‘Over 50% said a school visit or open day had helped them, with school websites a distant second at 19%.’

The findings are from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools 2016.

Weak parental support for national standards

Fewer than half of parents support the national standards in reading, writing and maths – and only five percent consider the controversial benchmarks when choosing a school for their children.

The findings – from the Council for Educational Research national survey of primary and intermediate schools – were published just a week after the government announced the demise of the standards.

Few Schools Able to Develop Students’ Te Reo Māori Skills

Students who start with high proficiency in te reo Māori are unlikely to be supported to further develop their reo Māori skills in English-medium schools. While many teachers think it is important students learn te reo Māori, very few are able to use the language at more than a basic level.

These findings are from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools 2016. The latest report to be released from the survey focuses on the experience of ākonga Māori (Māori students) in English-medium schools.

Ministers welcome commitment to te reo

Associate Education Ministers Kelvin Davis and Jenny Salesa have welcomed schools’ commitment to tikanga Māori and te reo Māori.

A New Zealand Council for Educational Research report Ākonga Māori in English-medium primary and intermediate schools, released today, shows a majority of principals recognise the importance of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori for all students.

Most teachers are using te reo Māori

Most teachers are using te reo Māori at some level in the classroom, a survey has found.

The Council for Educational Research council’s national survey of primary and intermediate schools found just 1 percent never use the language with students.

Mainstream dead end for reo learners

The Council for Education Research has confirmed what many Maori whanau have found – that students who start with high proficiency in te reo Maori are unlikely to be supported to further develop their reo skills in English-medium schools…

This NZ Education News feed will resume on 15 January 2018. Happy holidays.

Monday 18 December

Free fees and changing degrees: The changing face of higher education

Nine years ago, when he gave his maiden speech in Parliament as a fresh-faced 30-year-old Labour MP, Chris Hipkins​ related how his time in higher education politicised him…

Opinion: Fiona Ell – “There is more to learning to teach than copying a good teacher”

Last week the Education Review Office (ERO) released a report about newly graduated teachers’ preparedness and confidence to teach. Confident and well-prepared new teachers are an important part of an education system, especially when there is a shortage of teachers and schools need to employ a higher proportion of beginning teachers…

Children with Learning Difficulties Missing Out on Support

Only school-aged children with extreme needs receive services from an educational psychologist. This means the majority of children and young people with a wide range of learning difficulties are missing out on timely and needs-based access to educational…

New design and communication degrees take a world view

New design and communication degrees take a world view. Wintec has launched new Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Communication degrees for 2018 to prepare students for a rapidly changing workplace…

Digital Skills Shortage Should Sound Warning Bell

A major report released today shows that New Zealand has a significant and growing digital skills shortage, primarily due to the speed and scale of the increase in demand for tech skills…

ERO to investigate special education in schools

Schools’ work with children with disabilities and challenging behaviour will investigated by the Education Review Office next year…