Wednesday 23 December 2015

Collective spirit drives Maori students
They found all students endorsed the goal of education being mastery or developing skills and increasing learning rather than outperforming their peers. They also found Pakeha students were less likely to believe they could succeed in mathematics than …

Tackling childhood obesity through education in Nelson
The programme runs once a week for 10 weeks and each session will involve an active play component, snack time and a nutrition educationsession. It was developed in the United Kingdom and had also been implemented in parts of Australia. “Families are …



Tuesday 22 December 2015

Nearly 100 significant school property projects progress over holidays

Nikki Kaye | Education

Classes may have stopped but the Government’s investment means lots of building work will be happening in schools over the holidays, with around 100 significant projects of over $3 million each currently on the go, says Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye. “Christmas and New Year is an important time to undertake redevelopments because it enables the least disruption to students and teachers,” says Ms Kaye. …

New charter school gets thumbs-up

Radio New Zealand
Later in 2015, it emerged some parents were unhappy with the school – butEducation Minister Hekia Parata said it was the result of a souring in the school’s relationship with a private Māori Christian school with which it was sharing its Henderson site.

Schools pushed to limit by roll growth

There are more children than classroom space in some parts of New Zealand and some schools have been forced to use their halls for teaching.

Numerous advantages to learning other languages

The Dominion Post
I have heard all the arguments against compulsory Maori, usually made by Pakeha. Yet Education Minister Hekia Parata is also against compulsion saying that it hinders interest. Does her theory apply to Maths or English as well as Maori? Or are they …

Many school finances run in the red

Hundreds of schools are operating in the red and extras like outdoor education programmes, new library books and computers could be axed.The Ministry of Education’s annual report on schools for last year shows about 15 per cent…

Monday 21 December

Parents ditching schools with modern classrooms –

Paparoa Street School in Christchurch have two or three teachers working together at a time in big open classroom spaces. Principal Philip Harding told Radio NZ that teachers loved it, but parents struggled with the idea because it was so different to …

$1.2m extra to expand Fruit in Schools

Jonathan Coleman | Health Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Fruit in Schools programme will be expanded to include an extra 77 schools, benefiting an additional

More female leaders in schools – Radio New Zealand

Education Ministry figures show women have almost closed the gender gap in school leadership, with nearly as many female principals as men. But the other gender divide in teaching – the dominance of women teachers in the workforce – has increased …

Charter school experiment costing Maori in mainstream –

New Zealand First’s education spokesperson says Maori and Pasifika children are missing out because charter schools are being held up as the sole solution to educational under-achievement. Tracey Martin says the decision to close Te Pumanawa o te …

Inspiring teacher retires from Foxton Beach school –

A Foxton Beach teacher who has been inspiring young minds for more than 30 years is retiring. Sue Mortensen isn’t your regular teacher. She stands at 3″10, or 116cm. With her new entrant students she looks them in the eye. A bonus, she says.








Thursday 17 December 2015

$1.125 million for new education research projects

Educators NZ
The New Zealand Council for Educational Research manages the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative on behalf of the Ministry of Education. “A lot of this research is focused on improving outcomes for all students, no matter their backgrounds,” says …

Education Act Update receives ‘huge’ response

Educators NZ
The Education Act Update has received more than 1,800 submissions from the general public and sector groups, which is considered a ‘huge response’ by the Ministry of Education. The Update was implemented to address theEducation Act, which became …

Pasifika Education Centre has funding support for 2016
On Tuesday Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce and Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga announced $763,000 funding will be given to the Pasifika Education Centre in Papatoetoe for 2016. The TertiaryEducation Commission told the centre’s …

Sexually abusive behaviours in New Zealand secondary schools on the rise
It’s the latest in a string of increasingly common cases of sexually abusive behaviour in New Zealand high schools, which experts are linking to easy-use technology and access to graphic pornography. But is the term “predator” a fair assessment? And …

Should teachers be the primary decision maker about tech in the classroom?

Educators NZ
… in partnership with the Jefferson Education Accelerator, reveals teachers want to move ed tech decision making closer to the classroom, with many wanting a bigger, more active role in dictating what technology and materials are used in their …

School rolls grow

The school could start 2016 with 540 pupils, and will have eight newclassrooms before 2017’s enrolments. Orewa College principal Kate Shevland expects an additional 100 students. An extra class in year 7 will cope with numbers, predicted to reach 1920 …

Academic stars reap awards for tertiary study
Proxime accessit Matt Cox was going to study science at the University of Otago. Marlborough Boys’ College principal Wayne Hegarty attended the ceremony. “It’s a nice way to celebrate the achievement of highly achieving students in the region,” he said.

Charter school in Northland may be terminated

Education minister Hekia Parata is proposing to terminate one of the country’s first charter schools due to poor poor teaching, low achievement and an inadequate curriculum.Te Pumanawa o te Wairua, at Whangaruru in Northland, has…

Wednesday 16 December 2015

Public has its say on future of education

Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she is delighted so many members of the public have taken the opportunity to have their say on the future of education. When submissions on the proposed update of the Education Act closed last night 1814 submissions had been received. …

Support for Pacific language education

Steven Joyce | Pacific Peoples

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Minister for Pacific Peoples Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga have announced $763,000 funding for the Pasifika Education Centre in South Auckland. “The Pasifika Education Centre (PEC) did not qualify for the full amount of the contestable Adult and Community Education (ACE) funding which it applied for, but I consider the work the centre does around Pacific languages and cultural education boosts Pasifika skills and is in the national interest to be funded,” Mr Joyce says.

Schools facing big roll drops

The Education Ministry is predicting some regions will experience a a big drop in the number of children enrolling at schools over the next 30 years.

School fights falling roll and perceptions

The uneven spread is causing a headache for principals. At high school level, in particular, there is a clear trend by decile, where schools in more affluent areas appear more popular than their poorer neighbours. The Government…

Principals grapple with capacity problems at region’s schools

High schools in rich areas are so full they’re funding their own classrooms to take extra students, while those in the poorest neighbourhoods are struggling for numbers.A Herald analysis of classroom capacity at state schools…

New charter schools will cost taxpayers – Labour

3News NZ
There are fears that privatising the construction of New Zealand schools will see communities lose out. The Government intends to build and maintain six new schools using a public private partnership with expressions of interest opening next year.

Future of learning more important than flag debate

Today’s announcement of a review of the Education Act introduces an important opportunity to debate and build a strong national consensus around what is needed to ensure we have a high quality, free public education that meets the needs of every child…

99 teachers investigated over ‘psychological state’ in six years
Victoria University’s Faculty of Education associate dean for teacher education, Robin Averill, said extensive “pracs”, or practical classroom experience, ensured prospective teachers were well enough mentally at that point. “We don’t shy away from …

New iPad learning tool will change the way you teach

Educators NZ
Apple has launched a new education tool designed to bring the classroom together, directly on iPad. iTunes U aims to help educators organise their classrooms in a seamless fashion, enabling teachers to deliver lessons, grade assignments and stay …

A new modern learning environment for Kaikoura Primary School
The old wooden building which had been used for classrooms was refurbished and now housed the office block and learning centre, complete with library and meeting room. “It is all designed to provide a collaborative learning space. “The buildings are …

Monday 14 December 2015

Writing tips sought for tamariki
Research on improving the writing skills of Maori, Pasifika and boys is one of six projects to be funded under the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative. Education Minister Hekia Parata says the projects will benefits teachers and students for …

Dr Jessica Hutchings

Dr Jessica Hutchings is a kaupapa Maori researcher who says that growing food for one’s community is a political act. She is promoting Maori food sovereignty and the system called hua parakore – Maori organic growing, which involves organic practices grounded in a Maori world view.

Six projects funded in 2015 round

Six projects have been funded in the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) 2015 funding round. They were announced by the Minister of Education Hekia Parata here.

New public private partnership for schools

Hekia Parata | Education

The Government intends to build and maintain six new schools around New Zealand using a public private partnership (PPP), Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “A public private procurement model is an innovative and proven way to spend taxpayer money efficiently,” says Ms Parata. “It offers the significant advantage of having professional facilities managers take care of school property, freeing up schools to focus on teaching and learning. …

$12.3m to redevelop two Wellington schools

Nikki Kaye | Education

The Government will invest $12.3 million to redevelop two more Wellington schools, Newtown School and Ngaio School, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. This follows last week’s announcement of an $8.5 million redevelopment of Kelburn Normal School in the capital. “These two latest redevelopments will help address roll growth and a range of building and site issues, including weathertightness and structural strengthening, and will create exciting new innovative learning environments for students,” says Ms Kaye. …

$8.5m redevelopment for Kelburn Normal School, Wellington

Nikki Kaye | Education

The Government will invest $8.5 million redeveloping Kelburn Normal School in Wellington, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “This project will help address a range of building and site issues at the school, and create an exciting new learning environment for students,” says Ms Kaye. “The school’s main teaching block, which is past its use-by date, will be demolished and replaced with a new two-storeyed building. The new block will be repositioned on the school site to free up space for hard courts and fields. …

Student winners promoting primary sector careers

Nathan Guy | Primary Industries

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has congratulated students from Palmerston North Girls’ High School for winning the Enterprising Primary Industries Career (EPIC) Challenge today. The competition involves students promoting careers in the primary sector to their peers.   “The winning entry included posters with information on becoming a Beef Manager, Dairy Farmer and Bee Keeper and a promotional video,” says Mr Guy …

Education Ministry to ‘privatise’ school test system to save paying for $8m…
Schools have been warned they are likely to have to fork out for software to test students’ achievement after the Education Ministry balked at paying for an “urgent” $8 million software upgrade. Documents obtained by the Labour Party under the Official …

Ministry reveals fraud details in ECE centres

The Ministry of Education has revealed details of seven fraud complaints upheld against early childhood centres.

Public-private partnership for new schools

3News NZ
The Government is using a public private partnership (PPP) to build new facilities for two high schools in a new location in eastern Christchurch, three new primary schools in Auckland and a primary school in Hamilton. The plan was announced by …

Allison Henward: Children can learn from digital realm

Phones, computers, iPads and the good old television are all around us. And this can be a source of anxiety for parents, caregivers and teachers. A report from the American Academy of Paediatrics suggests the amount of time young…

Rise of Digital: Schools flooded with devices and free internet for all
Bringing a device was not compulsory and the school had devices in theclassroom for children to use if they did not have their own. The increase in technology went beyond just tablets. The software now on offer gave teachers different ways of running …

Digital technology subjects crucial in the modern world

Educators NZ
For the first time computing related subjects at NCEA level are going to count towards admission to the University of Auckland. Up until now,NCEA Level 3 credits in Digital Technologies have not been included on the list of subjects considered as best …

Assessment practices – an early childhood perspective

The speaker said that the aim of her research was to explore NZ EC teachers understandings in their assessment of four year old children’s learning, and spoke about why she thought assessment of four year old children is important. She called it a tool …

Nearly 100 mentally-ill teachers investigated by the Education Council in the …
Victoria University’s Faculty of Education associate dean for teacher education, Robin Averill, said extensive “pracs”, or practical classroomexperience, ensured prospective teachers were well enough mentally at that point. “We don’t shy away from …

Public-private schools must be carefully managed – teachers

Six new public-private partnership schools need to be driven by learning outcomes not profits, the Post Primary Teachers Association says.

New charter schools will cost taxpayers – Labour

3News NZ
“We know from overseas where these privatisation experiments have taken place, a lot of community members have lost access to school facilities outside of school hours and school groups have had to pay to use those facilities,” he says. Grant Robertson …

Five tertiary institutions are “high risk”

There’s been a big jump in the number of tertiary institutions the Government regards as high risk.

New tertiary institution for region

New Zealand Herald
… of each tertiary provider and the creation of a new institution. “The key principles of the new institution should be accessible, affordable, qualityeducation and I am confident both the former institutions have their own strengths which they will …

Language success gained in translation

New Zealand Herald
… on how the EU works and what it is,” Mr Good said. Students were required to submit a translation into either English, te reo Maori, or New Zealand Sign Language, of a piece of prose or poetry, which was originally published in a different language …

There is a life after teaching

Otago Daily Times
“I’m not sure what they are, but they’ll probably be connected to education somehow because I think the whole education children learning thing is in my blood.” Mrs Moss began teaching as a 19-year-old at Te Poi School in the Waikato before teaching …

Wānanga cry foul over lack of level playing field

Radio New Zealand
A new Ministry of Education report shows wānanga students are mostly female and Māori, are middle aged, have families, study part-time and live in some of the most deprived neighbourhoods. Wānanga have the same performance criteria as other institutes.

Turbulent time for Turakina Maori Girls’ College comes to an end

Manawatu Standard
Turakina Maori Girls’ College was established as a private boarding school in 1905 to educate young Maori women. It was opened in the Turakina village but moved to Marton in 1928 as it was closer to the railway and more convenient for the girls at the …

‘Brave’ speech highlights Roncalli head boy’s battle with depression

“I had a very challenging year and wasn’t always as happy as I may have seemed.”















Thursday 10 December 2015

Research to improve student outcomes

Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata says six new research projects granted funding for the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative will benefits teachers and students for years to come. Ms Parata has congratulated this year’s recipients of the fund, which has supported 125 high calibre projects since it began in 2003.  “A lot of this research is focussed on improving outcomes for all students, no matter their backgrounds,” says Ms Parata. …

Education Legislation Bill passes first reading

Hekia Parata | Education

Education Minister Hekia Parata says parents, school boards, students and home-based early childhood education providers will all benefit from the increased flexibility proposed by the Education Legislation Bill, which had its first reading today. …

Education Legislation Bill: the details

Educators NZ
The Bill gives schools the ability to vary opening hours, allows principals to manage more than one school, and enables licensed home-based ECE providers to offer ECE and out-of-school care services for children aged 13 years and under, at the same time.

NCEA credits for driver licences

Hekia Parata | Education

Students are to be given the chance to earn NCEA credits by obtaining driver licences, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss announced today. “Too many young people are missing out on jobs because they don’t have a licence and too many others are entering the courts system because they are driving without licences,” says Ms Parata. …

2015 PM’s Scholarships for Asia announced

Steven Joyce | Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

The 2015 Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Asia have been awarded to 152 students from across New Zealand. “These scholarships are a special opportunity for young New Zealanders to study, conduct research, or take up internships in countries that are hugely important to New Zealand, both today and in the future,” says Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce. …

Microsoft deal opens up new world of learning in our schools

Nikki Kaye | Education

A new agreement with Microsoft will reduce IT complexity for schools and enhance access to the online world for students, enabling them to learn anywhere, any time and on any device, says Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye. Ms Kaye announced the new agreement between the Ministry of Education and Microsoft during a visit to Lyall Bay School in Wellington this afternoon. …

New Polytechnic for Bay of Plenty region

Education Minister Announces Decade-Old Policy
“In Parliament today New Zealand First asked the Education Minister if she would fund an increase in the number of driving simulators at secondary schools to help address these costs. She said ‘no’, saying once again that schools can fund these …

Report Card: New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa National President …

EducationHQ New Zealand
Through a Joint Initiative between NZEI and the Ministry of Education(MoE), we succeeded in remodelling the IES to become more child-centred, flexible and to include special needs education, Maori and Pasifika students and early childhood education ..

Schools’ underachievement action not always effective: ERO

Schools need to be precise with targets for struggling students if they want them to work, says a new evaluation.

Local children should attend local schools – principal
The school was only funded for five classrooms, but had acquired extra teaching space in the form of a hall. Tua Marina was in a different position to Blenheim schools as it had physical space to expand. He said he thought the situation in Blenheim …

Major equity gap in accessing special education support

Thousands of children are missing out on educational opportunities because of under-resourcing, inconsistencies and difficulties around accessing special education support. In its submission to the Educationand Science Select Committee inquiry into …