Tuesday 26 July

Facelift not enough for Wainuiomata High School

The government is announcing that Wainuiomata High School is due for a facelift, but anything less than a total rebuild will not be enough, claims Ginny Andersen, Labour candidate for Hutt South.

High school students not learning enough about Asian countries: survey

The survey has raised concerns school-leavers might be missing out on opportunities coming as New Zealand grows closer to Asia.

Government responds to tertiary education report

Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Paul Goldsmith have today released the Government’s response to the most extensive review of tertiary education in more than a decade, and outlined its plan for delivering a responsive, innovative, and effective tertiary education system.

NZQA acts against 27 institutions

Over-crowding and dubious marking of students’ work have prompted the Qualifications Authority to take action against 27 tertiary institutions in little more than a year. Our Education Correspondent, John Gerritsen, has the details.

15 NZQA exams to be trialled online this year

Fifteen subjects will now be available to do trial exams online as NZQA continues with its plan to have all exams online by 2020 .

Break the Silence: PM’s chief science adviser releases report on youth suicide

The evidence-based discussion paper analyses the multiple factors involved in youth suicide and includes potential approaches to reduce New Zealand’s rates – which are among the highest in the developed world.

Books and reading linked to good literacy, numeracy

Books and reading are closely linked to good numeracy, literacy, and problem-solving skills among 16 to 24-year-olds, analysis of the 2014 Survey of Adult Skills shows.

Flexibility in tertiary models key to addressing skills

The deepening skills shortage is a key concern for employers which is why the EMA is keen to understand further detail around the Government’s announcement on tertiary models today.



Tuesday 25 July

Labour concedes the charter school debate

Labour has essentially conceded the charter school debate, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Wellington College headmaster Roger Moses to retire next year

Wellington College’s long-serving headmaster, Roger Moses, is to retire.

Auckland institution loses NZQA accreditation

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has withdrawn accreditation for three business programmes at the International College of New Zealand (ICNZ), meaning that ICNZ can no longer deliver these programmes to students.



Monday 24 July

Labour plays to its power base on education

Labour has released details of its full education policy, which will bring a smile to the face of teachers and union supporters but contains little that has not already been seen before.

Education at the forefront for young Māori voters

In the third part of Newsroom’s spotlight on election perspectives, Paige Janssen speaks to four young Māori voters about the issues they’ll prioritise at September’s election

Male early childhood teachers almost quadruple – but lobbyists point to continued ‘sexism’

Men teaching in New Zealand preschools have almost quadrupled in nine years – but lobbyists want more support to overcome persistent “sexism” in the sector.

Zealandia plans bush classroom in expansion of education programme

A concept drawing of Zealandia’s bush classroom, which has been granted resource consent.

Rising concerns over Auckland teacher staffing

Auckland Primary Principals Association president Kevin Bush said the city’s schools had been struggling to hire teachers this year.

New teachers quit city, delay kids, due to unaffordable housing

Two-thirds of Auckland’s new teachers plan to leave the city, and many female teachers are postponing parenthood because of the city’s housing costs, a new survey has found.

Labour to ‘tweak’ special character schools, save charter schools from closure

Labour’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins says special character school legislation will be loosened, which will “quite possibly” mean some charter schools will be able to transition and remain open.

Friday 21 July

Digital curriculum completely misses the point

“We don’t need an additional learning area; we need the flexibility to integrate when and where appropriate and effective.”

Principals Applaud Demise of National Standards

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) President, Whetu Cormick, is delighted at Labour’s announcement that they would scrap national standards if they become the Government in September.

Educators welcome Labour’s plan to fix public education

Educators welcome Labour’s commitment to put the ‘free’ back into free public education and to developing a plan to fix the chronic teacher shortage, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

New mental health resource expected to fill a gap in schools

The new book will help teachers teach their students about wellbeing, resilience, and how to deal with issues they don’t like within schools.

It’s hoped a new mental health teaching resource will help to fill a gap, as schools struggle to deal with the increasing mental health needs of students.

Modern classrooms in all schools by 2030: Labour’s election pledge

Labour has pledged to upgrade old school buildings to ensure every school has “modern” classrooms by 2030 – a policy included in an election manifesto that drops last campaign’s promise to reduce class sizes.



Thursday 20 July

Effort to help school leavers be better prepared for the workforce

Run and led by industry and designed to help school leavers become ready for work, the Work Ready Passport programme is seeking interest from employers to take part.

Shortage of ‘quality teachers’ taking a toll on schools in south Auckland

Mangere school principal Scott Symes of Sir Douglas Bader Intermediate says over the last three years the issue of teacher shortages has “progressively gotten more challenging”.

Risky Behaviour Around Water Slow to Change

Water Safety New Zealand’s (WSNZ) Public Attitude and Behaviour Survey for 2017 has revealed while safety messages are getting through risky behaviour is slow to change.

Jonty Mills says aquatic education needs to be more of a priority. A survey commissioned by WSNZ and conducted by the New Zealand Council of Educational Research (NZCER)WSNZ -last year revealed only around a quarter of primary schools provide a barely acceptable level.

Outstanding Māori and Pasifika trainee teachers honoured

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has congratulated 30 highly-accomplished Māori and Pasifika student teachers who have been awarded Kupe Scholarships.

Cuts to Otago University support roles puts teaching at risk

University of Otago Vice-Chancellor Harlene Hayne has announced plans to cut 182 full-time equivalent jobs from some of the university’s most vital support services.





Wednesday 19 July

Which Kiwis are seeking the skills to pay the bills?

Tertiary Education Commission chief executive Tim Fowler says tertiary organisations are aware of the need to offer a variety of skills beyond technical competency.

Educators welcome new te reo in schools

The Maori Language Commission commissioned the New Zealand Council for Educational Research report, which proposes raising the status and increasing the use of te reo by making it a core curriculum subject beginning in Year 1 in 2020 until it is included in all levels up to Year 13 by 2037.

Young people have the power to stop bullying culture

A father who put an anti-bullying sign outside his daughter’s school to protest the physical assaults the 9-year-old endured at Waimairi School, in Christchurch, has reignited the conversation around the prevalence of bullying in this country.

Lagging salaries compound NZ’s teacher shortage crisis, union says

Christchurch Boys’ High School headmaster Nic Hill says teaching needs to stop being marketed as a “cruisy” job.

Education Ministry owns up: ‘We gave the wrong answer on special needs students’

The Ministry of Education has proved that students are not the only ones who make mistakes – the ministry itself has owned up to giving a wrong answer to Parliament.

Bluff Marae Taking An Early Lead With Kids Coding

The latest announcement by Nikki Kay with kids computational thinking being introduced to the school curriculum for ages 5 through to 10 is a long needed upgrade to an education system that hasn’t been changed for the last 10 years, is well overdue and some of the kids in Bluff aren’t waiting for it.





Tuesday 18 July

Lack of fluent te reo Maori speakers could hamper teaching in South Canterbury

A New Zealand Council for Educational Research report proposes raising the status of, and increasing the use of, te reo by making it a core curriculum subject.

Christchurch family’s fight for special-needs son ‘highlights mainstreaming challenges’

Phil Dobson says his family’s experience with his son Alex at Christchurch’s Merrin School highlights shortcomings in the Ministry of Education’s inclusion policy.

Studying in Auckland included as part of the curriculum

Auckland is set to welcome a new group of Korean international students, thanks to an agreement which sees the inclusion of studying in New Zealand’s largest city as part of the curriculum at the training institute, Koguryeo College.