27-30 November 2015

Education Legislation Bill 2015 introduced

Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the Education Legislation Bill 2015 introduced today will amend eight statutes to improve administrative and governance arrangements for educational entities and funding organisations across the education sector. Ms Parata says the Bill includes several improvements already signalled by the Government, as well as aligning the law with modern language and practices. Such changes include allowing schools to change their opening hours with the agreement of their community. …

Turakina Māori Girls’ College to close

Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata has announced that Turakina Māori Girls’ College will close on 27 January 2016. The decision follows a second round of consultation about the state-integrated Presbyterian Māori girls’ boarding school during which two submissions were received. …

Interim Redcliffs decision announced

Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata has made an interim decision to close Redcliffs School in Christchurch because of ongoing concern about the unstable cliff behind the school. “I know this isn’t the decision some had hoped for,” says Ms Parata. “However, I have considered the submissions, including expert advice, and I remain concerned about the potential for future disruption to education provision if the school returns to the Main Road site. …

New visa to grow more value from international students

Steven Joyce | Immigration

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse have announced a new student visa designed to make New Zealand more competitive for retaining and attracting top international students. The Pathway Student Visa will allow international students to undertake a pathway of up to three consecutive programmes of study with selected education providers. A pathway can be offered by a single education provider or in partnership with other selected education providers. They will be valid for a maximum of five years. …

Marlborough colleges to co-locate

Hekia Parata | Education

Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges are to be co-located on a new site in   a development costing up to $63 million that will equip them with state-of-the-art buildings and technology, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. “Co-locating the two schools on one site will enable them to share specialist facilities and strengthen the opportunities for collaboration between two key members of Blenheim’s newly-formed Community of Learning,” says Ms Parata. …

Blenheim schools congratulated

Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata today congratulated Blenheim’s 18 primary schools, one intermediate and two high schools on becoming the first Community of Learning to agree on the achievement challenges that will drive collaboration between the schools. “Blenheim has been the first region in the country to step up to the collaboration challenge and I want to acknowledge its leadership and the enthusiasm that this reflects,” says Ms Parata. …

Southland to get new Trades Academy

Steven Joyce | Education

A brand new Trades Academy will open in Southland next year, meaning secondary school students in every region of the country will now have the opportunity to gain practical skills while studying towards NCEA credits and tertiary qualifications, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. …

New Zealand tops OECD countries in education investment

Educators NZ
A new report highlights New Zealand’s ongoing commitment to educationand significant investment into tertiary education. According to the new OECD report titled Education At a Glance 2015, New Zealand invests a larger portion of its public spending in …

New Zealand has a new education leadership centre

Educators NZ
The Ministry of Education is funding a new centre for education in an effort to encourage leadership and growth in the sector. The Centre forEducation Leadership Excellence was announced by Education Minister Hekia Parata and will be established by …

Fewer frontline staff in education despite spin

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
While National is busy trumpeting less back office public servants, it has glossed over the fact there are fewer frontline staff in special education and teacher numbers are falling, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “There are now 41 …

Kura next best thing to school, says iwi

New Zealand Herald
The small community boasts one of the Bay’s most active Kohanga Reo, and Mr Barber said the Arataki kura offers parents an accessible educational pathway for their children. “In the past people have had to move into town so their kids could go to a …

Universities to sponsor charter schools

3News NZ
Universities will be able to sponsor charter schools under proposed law changes and the ACT Party says the move will deliver “huge opportunities” for teaching and learning. It’s an important change to the rules aroundcharter schools and it’s part of a …
Government Steps Up Attack on Education Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Wide-ranging education changes shouldn’t be rushed

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
“Likewise, allowing tertiary institutions to sponsor charter schools is an unnecessary extension of the model, and enabling the State Services Commissioner to approve changes to terms and conditions of employment raises a raft of questions and concerns.

Strengthen public education, don’t undermine it

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
The Government today released the Education Legislation Bill, which makes several changes including creating new types of charter schools and paving the way for principals to take over the management of other schools in what appears to be a new …

Charter School Funding: The (Updated) Facts

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
First, the funding for the charter schools was adjusted to remove two components produced by the funding model: “Property & Insurance” and “Centrally Funded Services”. The Ministry propaganda argued that these costs were paid for by the Ministry for …

17 Hutt schools with 5000 students joining 2 ‘learning communities’

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Two “Communities of Learning” involving over 5000 students in seventeen schools have been established in the Hutt Valley. Communities of Learning are funded through the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative. They are …
Mum pulls 9-year-old son from sex ed class, saying content is beyond his years Stuff.co.nz

How important is sex education in NZ schools?

“Sexuality education”, as it is called, sits in the New Zealand Curriculum under the Health and Physical Education strand. Every two years, school boards must consult with their communities about the content of their programme and classes are then …

Lisa Rodgers: NCEA is not a pass or fail system

This time of year marks the culmination of months of hard work. Tens of thousands of our kids have been working all year to give National Certificates of Education Achievement, or NCEA, their best shot. They want to succeed, and…

Maori girls school to close after 110 years

A secondary school for Maori girls will be closed after 110 years because of concerns about its debt and governance.Education Minister Hekia Parata confirmed this morning that Turakina Maori Girls College in Marton, 40km north-west…

‘Our job is not to censor. We’re not serving the political elite, business or corporations’

Is academic freedom in New Zealand really under threat?

Education Minister Hekia Parata announces colleges decision at special assembly

Blenheim’s colleges are to become two single-sex schools on one site, costing $63 million.

Editorial: Redcliffs School decision galvanises an already determined community

EDITORIAL: No amount of sound reasoning, compelling data and community spirit seems enough to sway Minister of Education Hekia Parata from her apparent doggedness to shut Redcliffs School.

‘Critical lack of local teachers’

Education leaders have hit out at a dearth of home-grown physics and maths teaching graduates – revealing some schools would be in serious strife if it weren’t for overseas recruitment.This year just eight physics teachers graduated…

Badging – a new way to personalise learning

Digital badging is an emerging education trend that offers a fluid, informal and flexible way for people to learn in different contexts and be recognised for the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired. As the name suggests, it is a…

Huge consequences of student loan debts

More than $11 billion is owed to the student loans scheme – and an expert is warning the debt is having huge consequences.Student loan debt grew by more than $3 billion in the past five years to $11,688,600,000 as of June 30, according…

The highest paid public servant boss

Education Ministry chief executive Peter Hughes was the highest paid public servant boss last year, overtaking Treasury chief executive Gabriel Makhlouf and getting at least $30,000 more than the year before.Mr Hughes was paid a…

Educator’s stock heads south

Things were looking up for Intueri Education Group shareholders at the start of this month.On November 6 this column noted a 40 per cent gain in the stock since October 22, to $1.51, partly propelled the private training provider…

New visa will help attract international students

Universities have today thanked government for listening to recommendations and introducing a new student visa to make New Zealand more competitive for retaining and attracting top international students. The Pathway Student Visa will give international …

Editorial: Teachers need an Auckland pay rate

One of the many unfortunate consequences of Auckland’s grossly over-priced housing is the barrier it presents to people moving to the city. New Zealanders in other parts of the country have to lower their sights considerably to…

Lack of trust in National Standards on the agenda for Blenheim schools

In Blenheim, 21 primary, intermediate and secondary schools are the first CoL to get off the ground and their shared school results have revealed despite National Standards being implemented in 2010, there was still inconsistencies with it. Because of …

Education Minister’s farewell a ‘huge compliment’

Parsons was a “firm advocate” of national standards, and was proud of New Zealand’s education system. “It’s one of the best in the world,” he said. Parsons had worked in the education system for 24 years, and before that he spent 23 years in the military.

$63m college site-sharing plan ‘a wonderful opportunity’ for Marlborough

Stewart said Marlborough Girls’ College was going to get some moveable classrooms to replace its leaky library, and those could possibly be used in the new development. Marlborough Boys’ College principal Wayne Hegarty said he understood the $63m …

Ngatahi education initiative to provide long term support

Auckland stuff.co.nz
The long term intervention will be guided by navigators who will follow each year level of school students through primary, secondary and tertiaryeducation providing academic oversight, advocacy and support. The navigator will form a relationship …

Large CEO pay rises harming tertiary education

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
TEU national president Sandra Grey says these figures reveal growing inequality in tertiary education. “Our members have been campaigning to make sure the people who earn the least get the biggest percentage pay rise. We are working hard for a Living …

Making Te Reo ‘cool’ essential to language’s future

Massey News (press release)
Dr Poutu, 30, says her parents’ generation didn’t grow up speaking Māori either, but made sure she was raised at Kohanga Reo (early education) and Kura Kaupapa Māori (primary school) and Wharekura (secondary schools). “My generation and the current …

Maori success in education calls for celebration

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All reader responses posted on this site are those of the reader ONLY and NOT those of University World News or Higher Education Web Publishing, their associated trademarks, websites and services. University World News or Higher Education Web …

School ditches junior exams

An Auckland high school is skipping NCEA Level 1 to reduce assessment stress for its students, giving the teenagers an extra year before facing exams.Hobsonville Point Secondary School says the first year of the NCEA qualification…

Fewer Maori university graduates

“Maori graduates are critical for Maori futures and the future of New Zealand,” lead author Dr Reremoana Theodore says. “We know that highereducation is associated with benefits to the individual graduate, such as employment and better health, and to …

Behind closing doors: Turakina Maori Girls College

Wanganui Chronicle
Education reporter Liz Wylie spends an uplifting day at soon-to-be closed Turakina Maori Girls’ College. Take a drive down Hendersons Line in Marton during the next week and you may get to hear some splendid singing coming from Turakina Maori Girls …

Te Kura Māori o Ngā Tapuwae in South Auckland impressed globaleducation leaders

Māori Television
A South Auckland Māori medium school has impressed some of the world’s most powerful education leaders with their cultural learning systems. Global Education Leaders’ Partnership is committed to transforming learning systems but indigenous education …

Educator will take Makoura to next level

Wairarapa Times-Age
Mrs Feringa said trustees believed Mr Green’s extensive curriculum, cultural, and pastoral experience “as well as his unwavering commitment to quality education, means he is the right fit for Makoura College”. James Cook High School is a large decile 1 …


Thursday 26 November

Education summit explores implications of tech in the classroom

Educators NZ
New Zealand was one of the countries represented at the recent Bett Asia Leadership Summit 2015 in Singapore, which focused specifically on the current education technology landscape. The summit, held this November 17-18, saw a number of Ministers .


Turakina Māori Girls’ College to close

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Education Minister Hon Hekia Parata has announced that Turakina MāoriGirls’ College will close on 27 January 2016. The decision follows a second round of consultation about the state-integrated Presbyterian Māori girls’ boarding school during which …

Progress should be celebrated

Otago Daily Times
The NCEA assessment system is underpinned by a rigorous and well-embedded system of quality assurance, writes the Ministry of Education’sLisa Rodgers, responding to criticism of the NCEA by columnist Peter Lyons published yesterday. This time of year …

Support call for first in family students

Maori university students are three times more likely to be studying humanities or education subjects than they are commerce or science. That’s one of the results coming out of the Graduate Longitudinal Study New Zealand being done by Otago University.

Study confirms NZ’s commitment to education

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata have welcomed a new report showing that New Zealand invests a larger portion of its public spending in education than all but a handful of other OECD countries. Education At a Glance 2015, which was released overnight, shows that New Zealand ranks in the top two OECD countries for expenditure on both school and tertiary education as a percentage of total public expenditure. ..

$1 million to engage young Kiwis with science and tech

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced nearly $1 million of new funding to 25 additional projects around the country to engage more young Kiwis with science and technology under the Unlocking Curious Minds contestable fund pilot.

Parent vows to fight closure of Redcliffs school

A parent of a child at Christchurch’s Redcliffs Primary School says she will continue to fight to try to stop the Education Minister shutting the school.

New Zealand still lags behind on per-student education spending

New Zealand devotes more of its budget to education than almost all other OECD countries – yet still lags behind in per-student spending.

Mount Albert Grammar School will welcome new principal Patrick Drumm in 2016

Drumm has been principal of Botany Downs Secondary College for the past year and will take over at MAGS in 2016. He replaces Dale Burden, who has been headmaster at the school for 13 years

Twizel pupil Joshua Toon, 8, beats 6 million kids to win World Education Games

Stuff.co.nzTwizel pupil Joshua Toon, 8, beats 6 million kids to win World Education GamesStuff.co.nzTwizel whizkid Joshua Toon can make a claim to being the smartest 8-year-old in the world.

World Class Education Leaders Visit Pakuranga College

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Pakuranga College will be playing host to education leaders from the UK, Australia, South Africa and the United States today. New Zealand is hosting the 12th Global Education Leaders

Academic freedom at stake

Tertiary Update Vol 18 No 40 An attempt by police to prevent a crime researcher using public data raises important academic freedom questions.

Wednesday 25 November

Manawatu teachers retiring after more than 80 years combined


In three weeks the pair will say farewell to their schools, their classrooms and their students. Rachael Macrae has been teaching for 41 years. For the past 17 years she has been in the same classroom at West End School in Palmerston North.

National recognition for a creative Hawke’s Bay early childhood programme

Me Noho Takatū meaning ‘Be Prepared’ was developed by a Hawke’s Bay collaborative working group providing bilingual resources for Hawke’s Bay Kōhanga Reo and Early Childhood Education kaiako/teachers, whānau and children, to support their …

New direction and more opportunities for youth development

Nikki Kaye | Youth Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced changes for the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) which will see significantly more youth development.

Maori success in education calls for celebration

Maori success in education is being celebrated as new research shows more are graduating from university – with more than half being the first in their immediate family to do so.

Kiwis heading off younger on OE
New Zealand Herald

More are Maori, they’re earning a good wage and the top sector they work in is health and community services. Just over 16,000 people participated in this year’s Every Kiwi Counts Survey 2015, by New Zealand.

 Schools still struggling in Northland

Nine Northland schools remain under Ministry of Education intervention despite the return of Northland College to self-governance. The Kaikohe … Other Northland schools that returned to self-governance this year are Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whangaroa …

Surge in number of Māori PhD graduates at Massey University
Māori Television

Over a fifth of PhD graduates are Māori scholars with two PhDs written in te reo Māori. A total of 11 out of 52 PhDs being conferred are by Māori, covering a range of topics such a s science, horticulture, nutrition, the environment, health, education …

Peter Lyons: NCEA pass rates hard for parents to cope with

I was at my sister’s house for dinner the other night. My nephew is sitting level 1 NCEA. He nonchalantly stated that he had almost missed an exam last week because he thought it was in the afternoon when it was actually in the morning….

Why NZ Shouldn’t Copy Asia on High Stakes Testing

Dr. Yong Zhao, an internationally acclaimed scholar, author, and speaker, says the best lessons from Asian education systems in places like Shanghai, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore, do not relate to what helped them achieve their high flying status, but to what they are turning to. He’s been presenting his latest research “lessons that matter: What should we learn from Asia’s school systems,”  at the Global Education Leadership Partnership (GELP) event which is being hosted by New Zealand for the first time ever.

School students at Hobsonville Pt take on environmental responsibility – Auckland stuff.co.nz

Schools students are getting up close and personal with creepy crawlies to track them and record their numbers. Insects are part of a biodiverstity project at Hobsonville Pt. Students from both the secondary and primary school have been monitoring some.

Foreign students ‘not here to study’ – Peters

Thousands of Indian students are coming to New Zealand to find work, Winston Peters says. “Their goal is not to study,” the NZ First leader said today. “Low-skilled jobs are being taken over by foreign students desperate to earn to pay off debt.

Monday 23 November 2105

NZ teachers help select best educational resources for 2015

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Working with Māori children with special education needs: He mahi whakahirahira (NZCER Press) won the award for Best Resource in Higher Education. The book explores physical disability, intellectual disability, vision and hearing impairment, autism …

The results are in! N4L Customer LifeCycle Survey Report Published

We worked with the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to design the survey, and commissioned them to independently review and analyse the results. A big thank you to the 350 respondents – life as a …

Education experts to convene in Auckland

Hekia Parata | Education

Education experts and policy makers from 12 countries are about to gather in Auckland for a three day summit devoted to meeting the needs of students in a rapidly changing world, says Education Minister Hekia Parata. Ngā Kāwai Hono – Where the web of relationships and virtual connections meet is being jointly hosted by the Government and Global Education Leaders’ Partnership (GELP). It will be the 12th summit organised by the partnership established in 2009 to bring together key education thinkers. …

$250,000 to Centre for education leadership

Hekia Parata | Education

A Centre for Education Leadership Excellence is to be established to build leadership across the education system, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. …

$6m rebuild for Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, Te Kuiti

Nikki Kaye | Education

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced that around $6 million will be invested to redevelop Te Wharekura o Maniapoto, near Te Kuiti, Waikato. “This redevelopment will see the wharekura’s existing buildings replaced with a brand new two-storey building that will provide students with a fresh, bright learning environment,” says Ms Kaye. “A new multipurpose space, containing specialist learning spaces and a covered, all-weather outdoor playing area will also be built.” …

Insight for 22 November 2015 – What More Can be Done for Children?

It’s been two decades since New Zealand signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Philippa Tolley asks how well the country is living up to its commitments.

Is NZ looking after its children?

Insight meets ill children in cold Housing New Zealand properties and asks if New Zealand is doing enough to care for its children.

Study reveals profile of Māori university graduates

Nearly half of recent Māori university graduates are the first in their immediate family to attend university, one third are parents and the majority (70%) are female, new research from the National Centre for Lifecourse Research shows.

Maori under-represented at university – study

3News NZ
Maori are under-represented at New Zealand universities and more support services are needed, a study says. The Otago University study found nearly half of recent Maori graduates are the first in their immediate family to attend university, one third …

The teacher ‘talent drain’

Senior education officials say the teacher drain from Auckland is reaching crisis point – leading to calls for an “Auckland allowance”.The Auckland Primary Principals’ Association (APPA) has released to the Herald on Sunday findings…

Technology key to revitalising language and culture

TangataWhenua.com: Maori News & Views
Technology is key to the revitalisation of indigenous language and culture according to Kiwa Digital, winners of the Digital and Information Communication Technology Award at last night’s Nga Tohu Maori awards. … Recent projects include the bilingual …

Pushy parents cause kids to fail – study

Overly ambitious parents may harm their children’s academic performance, a study suggests.A child put under too much pressure to succeed can feel anxious, under-confident and frustrated, meaning they are less likely to do well in…

Parents shop around the elite schools

A move by one of the country’s most exclusive private schools to take girls at a younger age has seen an exodus of 50 students from two of its competitors.King’s College will welcome female students at Year 11 from next year, causing…

Children with learning differences ‘losing their childhood’

Children with learning differences fall through gaps in the education system unless they have a supportive teacher, money, and proactive parents.

Government supports new school communities of learning

Auckland stuff.co.nz
Bayswater School, Belmont Primary, Belmont Intermediate, Devonport Primary, Stanley Bay, Takapuna Grammar School and Vauxhall School have formed the Devonport Community of Learning. Communities of learning are groups of schools working …

Ministry accountable for ‘shamoozle’ says MP

Hawke’s Bay Today
The school will move to the Arataki area from its current Albert St, Hastings address. The new building will allow the school to provide a kohanga reo, a primary school, intermediate, a high school, whare wananga (tertiary) and a taikura (education for …

AUT staff end strike that delayed releasing grades

Academic staff at AUT have ended a strike that caused a delay in the release of students’ final grades. Tertiary Education Union members at the university went on strike last Friday after rejecting a pay increase offer from AUT….

Bulk of Kiwi kids feel unsafe online – survey

Four out of five New Zealand children go online worried about what might happen to them, a survey suggests.

British woman chief for Cognition Education

The organisation worked with schools and governments to deliver educational services and support within the United Kingdom and Middle East. Cognition Education said this the experience would be very valuable because it has plans to expand its range of …

Ministry of Education happy to help out Waitara High School

This week it was confirmed Waitara High School, Taranaki, asked to go under limited statutory management to help with the running of theschool. Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey said it was not unusual for …

NZ reputation at risk from Indian student exploitation

Immigration officials are warning New Zealand’s reputation as a destination for international students is at risk because of widespread evidence that Indian students are taking on debts for study here that lead to their exploitation…

Wellington East Girls’ College will rebuild its ‘heart’ thanks to $39m upgrade

SUPPLIED. Artist impression of the new school block that will keep the old facade, but expand the classroom size from nine to 28. That would add 31 classrooms and increase the school’s capacity to 1250 students. Board chairwoman Amanda Malu said the …

Educational philosophy Reggio Emilia taken up by Far North schools

Auckland stuff.co.nz
Recently the kids were captivated when a bird flew into the classroom. Bawden created a unit on native birds and perspective from a bird’s eye view. Wijay Rakete, 6, says art is his favourite and he really likes making the totem poles in class “because …

17 Hutt schools with 5000 students joining 2 ‘learning communities’

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Two “Communities of Learning” involving over 5000 students in seventeen schools have been established in the Hutt Valley. Communities of Learning are funded through the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative. They are …

Thursday 19 November 2015


Greater access to workplace literacy and numeracy training

Steven Joyce | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has announced changes to the Workplace Literacy and Numeracy Fund which will see more workers be able to access training. “After feedback from employers and staff, I have decided to relax some of the criteria so the fund will be more accessible and an even better fit for businesses,” Mr Joyce says. …

$39m boost for Wellington East Girls’ College

Hekia Parata | Education

Wellington East Girls’ College’s historic main block is to be completely rebuilt as part of a $39 million redevelopment, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. “This is an exciting development,” says Ms Parata. “Once the work is complete almost half the school’s teaching space will have been upgraded and transformed into flexible, open and light spaces that can be changed to meet learning and teaching needs.” …

Speech to Bett Asia Leadership Summit 2015

Nikki Kaye | Education

Raising the potential for digital technology to transform learning in New Zealand schools Introduction – the Government’s vision for the future of digital education New Zealand’s education system has long provided the foundation for the social and economic success of our country.  We know that differences in education and skills between countries explain the difference in rates of economic growth more than any other single factor. …

Giving a new spin to the old school idea

New Zealand Herald
Rotorua and Taupo Maori and Pasifika youth finding it hard to stay at school to get worthy qualifications are being offered a new opportunity. Count Me In is a project set up by the Ministry of Education to help Maoriand Pasifika people aged 16 to 18 …

Preparing students for the real world

It’s that time of year again. Employers are on the lookout for bright young talent, and new graduates need to stand out among a sea of contemporaries looking for work. Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) runs programmes that benefit…

Call for all major religions to be taught in schools

About 250 Methodist Church ministers and lay people voted at its national conference in Blenheim on Tuesday to ask the Ministry of Education to have all religions, like Hinduism, Muslim, Buddhism, Sikh, and Judaism, taught in schools. It follows …

Education Minister Hekia Parata holds mystery assembly in Blenheim

A decision on the future of Marlborough’s colleges might be announced next week, when Education Minister Hekia Parata visits a combined Marlborough Boys’ and Marlborough Girls’ assembly. Marlborough Boys’ College principal Wayne Hegarty said he …

principal keen to strengthen community ties

In the last five years he has been working as a professional development facilitator at Waikato University, which he has enjoyed as it has taken him back into secondary school classrooms. Now appointed to Kaikoura High School he is looking to make an …

Limping my way through New Zealand’s education system

… school and looked for an outside option. They found out about SPELDNZ, which didn’t just offer extracurricular teaching but helped figure out ways around my learning difficulties. … Along with the new educational demands the stigma of being the …

Teachers reveal bizarre things parents say

Forget about kids saying the darnedest things, it seems some parents have a tendency to spout amusing, shocking comments too.In response to a Reddit user’s question asking for the most outrageous things parents have ever said to…

Head of King’s College resigns after a year

The head of one of the country’s most prestigious private schools has tendered a shock resignation after only a year in the job.King’s College headmaster Mike Leach will leave the school early next year to go into private consultancy.The…

Shopping for scholarships

Scholarships are a great way of keeping costs down and gaining academic profile.Jade Leung left Auckland University with zero debt. That’s thanks mostly to the large number of scholarships the engineering student applied for and…

Excellent education recognised with PM prize

EducationHQ New Zealand
To be eligible for the 2016 Awards, entries must be focused on improving outcomes for children and young people – in early childhood education, primary school, or secondary school, in English, Māori, or Pasifika-medium; be from a licensed or …

Tertiary education centre in Kaikohe moves forward

Auckland stuff.co.nz
An esteemed professor is spearheading the idea to set up a tertiaryeducation centre in Kaikohe after noticing problems around the town. Dr Peter Harwood says opportunities in Kaikohe appear to be limited. “There are challenges such as a young …

Broken promise leaves schools chasing truants

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
“A recent PISA survey found New Zealand stood out as having one of the strongest links between skipping school and maths achievement. “National also promised to crack down on truants by prosecuting more parents. Yet fewer parents have been …

New wireless system encourages classroom collaboration

Educators NZ
Promethan, the education technology solutions provider, has launched a new product to encourage collaboration between teachers and students within a modern classroom setting. ClassFlow Connect is a wireless system that enables users to connect, …

Jono Naylor praises local schools for working together

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
“This means local kids in Palmerston North will benefit from shared teaching practices and expertise, with teachers working alongside each other on goals to help improve educational outcomes in the classroom,” Naylor said. “I’m proud our schools …

Standing ovation for Rotorua special school students

Collins said it was a huge achievement for her students to participate in something like this and she wanted nothing more than for them to be exposed to as many opportunities as main stream students were. Kea Streetstudent, and kapa haka leader …

17 Hutt schools with 5000 students joining 2 ‘learning communities’

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Two “Communities of Learning” involving over 5000 students in seventeen schools have been established in the Hutt Valley. Communities of Learning are funded through the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative. They are …
Mum pulls 9-year-old son from sex ed class, saying content is beyond his years Stuff.co.nz

Wednesday 18 November 2015

Another 54 Communities of Learning formed

Hekia Parata | Education

Another 444 schools have formed themselves into Communities of Learning, taking to 793 the number that have agreed to work systematically together to raise student achievement, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. “This is a terrific development because it means that one year into the four-year roll out of the programme about a third of our students are in line to benefit from their schools sharing expertise and resources.” …

NZ and Viet Nam universities celebrate partnerships

Steven Joyce | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce has today joined representatives from the University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) to witness the signings of their new strategic partnerships with selected Viet Nam institutions. …

Changes to Education Act concern Waitakere principals

Auckland stuff.co.nz
“We, as an association, are concerned that the focus of the minister and the ministry appear to be on regulatory change rather than addressing the urgent issue of new classrooms for the increasing number of school aged children in Waitakere …

Tuhoe: Let us run schools, healthcare, welfare, housing

New Zealand Herald
One of New Zealand’s most famous Maori tribes, Tuhoe, is negotiating to take over social services for its people in an ambitious bid to end welfare “dependency”. The iwi wants to take over welfare payments, schools, healthcare and housing within its …

Unwanted disruptive schoolboy ‘one of dozens’ of cases

A 7-year-old Wanaka boy who is unwanted by the schools in his area is one of dozens of similar cases around the country, says the MP who initiated an inquiry into kids with learning difficulties.The child, who was recently diagnosed…

Changes to Education Act concern Waitakere principals

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“We, as an association, are concerned that the focus of the minister and the ministry appear to be on regulatory change rather than addressing the urgent issue of new classrooms for the increasing number of school aged children in Waitakere …

Schools plan programme for Waiheke’s brightest kids

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A committee represented by the three schools on the island – Waiheke HighSchool, Te Huruhi and Waiheke Primary – has been formed with the objective of offering an extension programme called, “One Day a Week” to gifted students. “We hope to open by no …

Parents are dropping kids at school early so they can get to work on time

Trustees association president Lorraine Kerr said on Tuesday she agreedschools should have responsibility for pupils from 30 minutes before schooluntil 15 minutes after school. But in reality many teachers would keep an eye on pupils outside of those …

Rototuna Junior High School has 600 enrolments, still under construction

Rototuna Junior High School has 600 enrolments, still under construction … More than two months out from Hamilton’s newest school opening, 600-plus online enrolments have been completed. Rototuna Junior … Most schools start a lot smaller than that.”.

Govt rush cheats thousands of students

Media Release: New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations The national student union is encouraging students who may have been shortchanged by the way the Government implemented the Social Security Act to file today to claim back any money owed before …

Computers roll out to Papakura schools

Students are leaving pencils and paper behind in favour of a project focused on growing digital learning and health.

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Student Loan info to be shared with Australia

Steven Joyce | Revenue

A tax bill introduced to Parliament today will allow information on student loan borrowers living in Australia to be shared between Inland Revenue and the Australian Taxation Office, ensuring defaulters pay their outstanding loan balances.   …

Half the children getting English language support in school Kiwi-born

Nearly half of the kids needing English language support at school were born in New Zealand.

Creative skills = global opportunity

If you’ve got a son or daughter who’s creative and likes playing with the latest technology, you’re lucky, says Dr Suzette Major, campus manager of SAE Creative Media Institute, “because in the 21st century that’s an area where they’re…

Primary school teachers can’t afford to live in Auckland

Teachers are leaving Auckland in search of a cheaper lifestyle. Skyrocketing property prices and steep living costs could soon lead to a shortage of experienced teachers in the city’s primary schools. The latest Auckland Primary Principals’ Association …

NZ universities want Vietnamese students

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Young Vietnamese people are heading offshore to study in greater numbers than ever before and New Zealand universities are keen to edge their way even further into that market. There are around 2000 Vietnamese studentsin New Zealand at the moment …

Schools refuse to take young 7-year-old

A Wanaka family is struggling to find a school for their son owing to his bad behaviour. The 7-year-old boy was excluded from Wanaka Primary Schooland all other schools in the area refused to take him, the Otago Daily Times reported. The boy’s parents …

Three partnership schools proposed for Hamilton

It hopes to set up a secondary school in Hamilton, trust chair Cath Rau said. “Our point of difference is that we’re offering a late immersion programme,” she said. “It might appeal to students, for example, who are in English medium who later on …

Decision time

Around the country this month, as final NCEA Year 13 exams take place, parents are asking where the years have gone and wondering how that adorable excited five-year-old, setting off to school for the first time, has managed to become…

Wanaka boy excluded from primary school and no other school will take him

A Wanaka family are at a loss as to what to do after their 7-year-old son was excluded from Wanaka Primary School and all other schools in the area refused to enrol him.The family, who have asked not to be named, said yesterday…

Waitara High School administration asks for Ministry of Education help

Whilst the Ministry can itself trigger an intervention at a school, schools are also able to request the use of an intervention to resolve a problem. On the Ministry’s website it states “in a number of cases, boards have requested statutory support to …

Summer slaves

I have no research to back this up, but I’m pretty sure summer is the most loved season by everyone – especially students. I say students in particular because we have more than just a two-week Christmas holiday to look forward to….

Did the education system fail you?

“It’s not the children who have a disability, it’s the the education system which has the disability,” teacher Sarah Sharpe told the select committee. We want to hear your stories from school. Did you struggle your way through your school days without …

Few young mothers are engaging in education

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Young mothers in the New Zealand workforce 1994–2014 shows that while 82 percent of 15–19-year-old women without dependent children were ineducation, just 29 percent of mothers the same age were. Most teenage mothers in this group were aged …

Kiwi tertiary education provider rolls out Commvault IT solution

IT Brief NZ
New Zealand’s Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) has upgraded its data protection and information management with Commvault’s integrated solution. In partnership with local ICT consultancy, Spark Digital, SIT chose Commvault’s single powered data …

Sylvia Park School’s new Innovative Learning Spaces

The traditional classroom is being replaced by an interactive space where no two days are the same. … As more classrooms are built to accommodate roll growth, the Innovative Learning Environment is becoming a common theme in Auckland schools.

Relationships flourish at Playcentre

Scoop.co.nz (press release)
Within this community of engaged adults children are supported to play, use their imaginations and extend their learning in a way that follows their interests and meets their needs. The Playcentre model builds reciprocal … “If the government wishes …

AUT staff withhold exam results as part of union strike

In a public post on the university’s Facebook page, Jazmin Cullen condemned the staff’s actions on behalf of the AUT student body. “Students do not deserve to be punished because of a disagreement with your employer,” she said. “We have chosen to go to …

Taranaki polytech axes courses

Radio New Zealand
In 2014, the Western Institute of Technology had to withdraw the qualifications of 400 Maori performing arts students and enrolments have since declined. The Tertiary Education Commission has indicated 2016 funding for the polytech will be based on its …