Tuesday 1 March

Blackboard expands virtual classroom offerings with new partnership – Educators NZ

… what was once a very disjointed student experience and labour-intensive setup process.” Virtual Training Labs powered by Skytap, a combined solution for self-service virtual classrooms, is available today with pricing on a subscription and usage basis.

Male teachers outnumber females at Hamilton’s Rhode Street School – Stuff.co.nz

Male teachers seemed to gravitate towards intermediate level or above, and move out of the classroom into management. There were not often teachers of junior students and physical contact, such as kids trying to hold their hand, could be an issue, he said.

Minister meets education experts in Estonia

Education Minister Hekia Parata has met with the Estonian Education and Research Minister Jürgen Ligi and education experts in Tallinn to learn about the rapid progress Estonia has made in lifting educational achievement. “New Zealand’s education system is recognised around the world as being one of the best, but there’s more we can learn from other countries in order to systematically lift achievement,” says Ms Parata. …

MPs pay respect to “a revolutionary of our time” – Māori Television

Surrounded by some of the most brilliant Māori academics of our day, these are the last pictures Te Kāea have of Ranginui Walker here at Parliament. “He was never afraid to … Like Dr Walker, Kelvin Davis has built a career in education. But he says …

Labour asks auditor general to rule on school charges

Labour has asked the auditor general to investigate the practice of some schools charging parents to participate in out-of-zone enrolment ballots highlighted by the Weekend Herald .Three schools have been identified by the Herald…

Barriers to education for older people

How does New Zealand measure up when it comes to education opportunities for older people? Professor Brian Findsen of Waikato University is a specialist in adult education and has written the first comprehensive global analysis of education for older adults. Including some of the barriers that stand in the way of retirees who want to return to study.

ERO report raises quality issues in early education

An Education Review Office report on early childhood education shows that a significant number of services are in breach of important regulations and this is having an impact on quality.

Dr John Wood incoming Chair of Chancellors’ Group

Universities New Zealand has announced that Dr John Wood CNZM QSO, Chancellor of the University of Canterbury, is the incoming Chair of the Chancellors’ Group. The Chancellors of each of the eight universities meet formally on a regular basis …

Nelson schools the only ones free of ministry intervention

Nelson is the only region of New Zealand not to have had government intervention in its schools in the last five years.



Monday 29 February

Charter schools given $60k in performance payments despite contract issues

Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information Act showed that only one of five charter schools fully complied with their contractual requirements in 2014, but four of them received the one per cent of “operational payments” that are …

Te Wharekura o Manurewa frustrated by stalled relocation

“In 2014, charter schools were coming on stream and schools like us got pushed down the list of priority. “The goodwill we had established with the ministry suddenly disappeared. Their attitude changed.” Ad Feedback. Nathan says he suspects the school …

Wellington game makers launch new, future-focused app

The NZ Council for Education Research (NZCER) has collaborated with Wellington-based game developers Gamelab on a new venture that’s designed to get people thinking and learning about the biggest changes our world is undergoing. The duo has …

More fees further undermine ‘free’ education, Labour says

New Zealand’s ‘free education’ is back in the spotlight, with the Labour Party hitting out at fees for school enrolment ballots for out-of-zone students. Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says charging parents to enter their kids in school …

Family backs Waikato-Tainui’s Language Strategy – Māori Television

Huirama Matatahi says, “I learnt the language at our local kōhanga reo, at school and from my elders. The language is predominately heard in tribal gatherings.” Waikato-Tainui have more than 60, 000 tribal members. According to Statistics New Zealand, …

$3.7m available for NZ-China research centres

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced a call for proposals for three multi-institution New Zealand-China Research Collaboration Centres to be supported as part of the new Catalyst Fund international research programme. ..

Future-proofing New Zealand classrooms – Stuff.co.nz

“However, there is no consistent evidence that the use of open learning spaces make any positive difference to student achievement.” Parents would be “reluctant” to accept the new teaching practice without evidence of progress and achievement …

Foreign land deals get OK after school donations

Foreigners making substantial financial donations to New Zealand schools are getting big land purchases approved.The latest Overseas Investment Office decisions released this morning showed two such cases.Glenorchy Homestead of…

Top schools in out-of-zone payment row – Cash for ballot places

Two prestigious Auckland schools have been ordered by the Ministry of Education to stop asking parents to pay for the right to enter their children in out-of-zone ballots.Auckland Grammar School and Cornwall Park District School…

Music teachers point to crisis in primary schools

Music teachers say primary school music is in crisis with meagre funding from the Education Ministry and too little effort made by Colleges of Education. Music Educators New Zealand Aotearoa which represents teachers up and down the country say they’ve had no support from the Ministry or resources since the roles of specialist music advisors were cut 7 years ago. They say teacher trainees get just three hours over three years at Colleges of Education on how to teach music in the classroom. Menza chairperson Tim Carson and Lisa Rodgers, head of early learning and student achievement for the Ministry of Education.

Principals frustrated by charter school bonuses

More much-needed teacher aide time, providing more digital devices in the classrooms and supporting the cost of outdoor excursions are just some of the ways principals at public schools would spend a $20,000 bonus if they received one.


Friday 26 February

Westpac joins partnership to improve education – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Westpac NZ CEO David McLean said it was time to try new ways to improve the education and health outcomes for disadvantaged communities and Mana-â-riki’s focus on helping children at home and school had that potential. That was why Westpac was …

Complaints to Education Council about teacher sexual conduct double in 2 years – Stuff.co.nz

Because their behaviour in front of kids and outside the classroom is important,” Greig said. “They are role models and, as a parent, I want teachers that I respect, that I know aren’t on drugs, that are law-abiding types of people in front of my kids …

Emotional scars for Fijian children could take years to heal – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

As well as implementing ‘child friendly spaces’, Save the Children will work with UNICEF to set up temporary classrooms to help get schools up and running, and will distribute school bag kits to students to ensure they are prepared to head back to school.

Maori NCEA pass rate doubles – waateanews.com

Maori NCEA pass rate doubles. Education Minister Hekia Parata has released provisional NCEA data showing the percentage of Maori and Pasifika students achieving Level 2 has more than doubled over the past eight years. The percentage for Maori …

Minister attending sixth annual ISTP in Berlin

Education Minister Hekia Parata will today travel to Europe to attend the sixth International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) in Berlin. She will be accompanied by teachers and union leaders from New Zealand. …

New ways to analyse data from social agencies

AUT Economics Professor, Rhema Vaithianathan discusses the revolutionary ways data from social agencies is being used by academic researchers. For the first time, almost all the information on people that is gathered by social agencies, including the education and health systems – is being made available to academic researchers. The data is anonymised, but allows for cross referencing across different agencies. Professor Vaithianathan says specialists like herself are best placed to analyse this information to assess whether different programmes are working, and what the gaps are in terms of those most in need.

School trustee elections will make a difference – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Every three years, parents of students enrolled at state and state-integratedschools around the country select the people who will be ultimately accountable for the education their children receive. Parents may nominate any eligible member of the …

Massey uniform won’t change, board says

Massey High School’s uniform will remain the same, despite a petition by a student to change it due to students getting too hot in the summer heat.



Thursday 25 February

1000 primary and secondary schools in deficit – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Almost 1000 schools – or 40 per cent – of New Zealand’s state and integrated primary and secondary schools are in deficit, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Figures obtained by Labour show that in 2014 there were 994 schools which ..

New Zealand teachers are super satisfied with their jobs, study finds

94% of NZ Yr 7-10 teachers feel they can make their expectations about student behaviour clear, compared to the TALIS average of 91%, 93% in Australia, 89% in Singapore, and 93% in Finland. 92% of NZ Yr 7-10 teachers enjoy working at their school,

Pupils to be moved as Canterbury school overflows capacity – Stuff.co.nz

The ministry said plans to provide a five-classroom block to house the area’s roll growth experienced “technical delays” and would not meet its April deadline. The new estimated completion date would be July. It proposed to lease an off-site space …

University lecture theatres could become redundant as technology takes over – Stuff.co.nz

Victoria University student Ly-Ly Wood has experienced online lectures, but thinks nothing is a substitute for being at campus. Future students may never have to set foot in a lecture theatre as technology moves tertiary …

Education key priority for Pasifika in Future of Work

Education, re-training and entrepreneurship must be key priorities if Pacific Islanders are to be winners in the changing nature of work Labour’s latest Future of Work paper has found. “The Pasifika and Future of Work paper released today shows Pacific .

Outputs Or Outcomes; The Difference Matters – Briefing Papers

They do not mention that their students may rarely meet the high achievement researchers and that many of their teachers may not have been included in the PBRF exercise. That reminds us that not only has PBRF … Although not generally the way it was presented, the row over the NCEA standards was about the degree to which the outputs were aligned with the real educational outcomes with which the sector is concerned. The fear has been that the objectives of …

Māori and Pasifika closing achievement gap

Education Minister Hekia Parata today released provisional NCEA data showing that more Māori and Pasifika students are achieving Level 2 than ever before. “NCEA Level 2 is the passport to a better future so this increase is great news for our young Māori and Pasifika students,” says Ms Parata. …

Teacher confidence a good sign

New research showing the overwhelming majority of teachers believe in their ability to make a difference for kids has been welcomed by Education Minister Hekia Parata. “Several surveys have established a link between teachers’ self-belief and higher levels of student achievement and motivation so I am delighted that our teachers are confident in their ability,” says Ms Parata. .

Creative subjects battling for mana – New Zealand Herald

It’s the largest Maori and Pacific Island performing arts festival in the world and it started at Otara’s Hillary College (now Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate) with four schools. Last year, more than 10,000 students from 64 schools took part. … Peter O …

Tertiary education sector under productivity scrutiny

The Productivity Commission this morning kicks off a year-long investigation of tertiary education.

Thousands of teenagers miss out on getting UE

For the second year running, thousands of teenagers have missed out on getting University Entrance.

The importance of degrees

In an uncertain world, how do you advise your children about the best university course for them when you no longer feel certain that traditional jobs will be around in 10 years time?Even the classic options of law and accounting…

Apprenticeships close skill gaps

Recruiting specialist Hays New Zealand recently revealed research which suggests that apprenticeships may now be the ‘magic bullet’ to close the skills gap and end youth unemployment.”There has been a shift to some extent,” says…

Engaging reluctant learners through theatre

Former actor and director, Gordon Poad is now an eduction consultant who uses theatre techniques to encourage disengaged learners. He has collaborated with researchers from the University of Newcastle on incorporating dramatic inquiry into learning. He is currently in New Zealand talking to teachers for the Bretheren Church’s Westmount School about incorporating theatre techniques into the classroom.

Encouraging more women to learn to code

Pearl Robin wants more people to overcome their fears and learn to code. She has just completed the Live the Dream programme, which helps young social entrepeneurs take their ideas to the next level. She is now running beginner courses for people with no tech experience to learn how to create a website. She says too many people, especially women, assume you have to be a mathematical or tech genius to code, when the tools available on-line mean it is much easier to do.

Next steps for RNZ’s Māori strategy

OPINION: RNZ is embarking on a new long-term strategy around high-quality Māori content, te reo Māori and Māori journalism, explains Paul Thompson.


Tuesday 23 February

How Can We Measure Our Schooling System? – Briefing Papers

To avoid the narrowing effects of “pen and paper” national testing, teacher professional judgement is seen to be critically important in deciding whether a student has met the standard. The problem of course is that judgements ..

Should financial education be compulsory in NZ schools?

A new survey from Massey University has revealed young New Zealanders are lacking knowledge in budgeting, saving and investing. According to the Westpac Massey Fin-Ed Centre’s 2015 Student Financial Health Check, 16-19 year olds are failing to …

Tommy Wilson: Education can end jail cycle – New Zealand Herald

Last week was my second “lag” inside Waikeria prison trying to get an understanding, from the inside, just why it is our Maori men are ending up inside in ever-increasing numbers. We all know the statistics. We have had them thrown at us like a turned …

Research tackles literacy, obesity and mental health

A new research project aims to slash the number of children who struggle to read and make New Zealand the only country in the world to successfully reduce childhood obesity.

Massey High School uniform revolt gains momentum

The Massey High School uniform revolt is quickly gaining momentum. An online petition to scrap the Auckland school’s new uniform climbed to more than 1100 signatures overnight.The new uniform bans shorts and knee-length skirts and..

How can we change the way schools are funded? – Stuff.co.nz

“You’ve got all those sorts of positives coming out of a community oflearning, and then you’ve got a group of principals all talking the same language,” he says. “They’re not competitive. They’re not competing for students, they’re not competing for

Unitary Plan residential zoning changes put pressure on schools – Auckland stuff.co.nz

Orakei School principal Matthew Crumpton says construction is not keeping up with demand. FAIRFAX NZ. Orakei School principal Matthew Crumpton says construction is not keeping up with demand. “Our year 9 intake grew by about 30 students last year,” .

Central Otago students win grant for app-based game addressing bullying

A group of Central Otago students have attracted government funding to develop an app-based game that addresses bullying. Sticks ‘n Stones, managed by Central Otago Rural Education Activities Programme, based in



Wednesday 17 February 2016

NZ teachers among most professional

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed an OECD study that has found New Zealand teachers are among the world’s most professional. The Teaching and Learning International Study (TALIS) ranked New Zealand teachers fourth out of 35 participating countries, behind the Russian Federation, Estonia and Singapore. “This is great news, and a real bouquet for our teachers,” says Ms Parata. …

Mandarin language assistants welcomed

Forty eight Mandarin Language Assistants were officially welcomed today to New Zealand during a visit to Parliament. The graduates, from 16 Chinese universities, will spend the year assisting teachers of Mandarin in 112 schools. They are in Wellington for an orientation week run by Victoria University’s Confucius Institute. “Having the assistants in our classrooms gives students and teachers the opportunity to engage with young Mandarin speakers, providing real insight into the language and culture,” says Ms Parata.

Kiwi teachers top professionalism report – calls to scrap charter schools follow

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New Zealad teachers are in the limelight following the latest OECD study that has ranked Kiwi teachers in the top four when it comes to professionalism. Out of 35 participating countries, only teachers from the Russian Federation, Estonia and Singapore …

Teacher aides among worst-off occupations

Teacher aides should be paid in the same way as teachers, an education union says, as new research shows they are among the worst-off occupations.New research from Universities New Zealand analysed the earnings and qualifications…

Education framework bridging schools and iwi

Roly Fitzgerald is organising the Maori Education Framework where eight primary and secondary schools will aim to increase the way Maori perspectives are reflected in classrooms and across the curriculum. He came up with the plan after finding out that …

Report shows need for policy shift to address child poverty

NZEI Te Riu Roa Te Riu Roa National President Louise Green says a report released today is further evidence that the government is failing to address the impact of its policies on poor children.

Good health essential for learning

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“Seventy per cent of the children in that area didn’t meet the national standards for reading, writing and maths,” she says. “We identified that health was a common reason why children didn’t attend kindergarten and often came to school not being quite …

New principal at special character school is embracing Kaikoura life

New principal at Hapuku School Ally O’Keefe is in her element at the special character school. Ally O’Keefe is the new kid on the block at Hapuku School, near Kaikoura, having accepted the role of principal at the end of …

‘A degree is no longer a meal ticket for life’

Chris Whelan is the executive director of Universities NZ. Cameron … As a graduate of the University of Canterbury, Cameron talks about the 92 Visual and Performing Arts students who graduated from there in 2012 and asks where will they go? He also ..

Monday 15 February

Kiwi teachers top professionalism report – calls to scrap charter schools follow

New Zealand teachers are in the limelight following the latest OECD study that has ranked Kiwi teachers in the top four when it comes to professionalism. Out of 35 participating countries, only teachers from the Russian Federation, Estonia and Singapore …

International study praises professionalism of NZ’s Teachers

However, Ms Green said government funding for professional development had dropped significantly in recent years, with a greater focus on the 3Rs measured by National Standards. “Professional development in science, ICT, Physical Education and the ..

Free education: just because we paid why should they?

I could bring out the old rant about the politicians who made the decision to remove free, post-school education being the ones who benefited from it themselves, which is still a fair point. However, increasingly the generation of politicians who we

Royal Oak Intermediate use te reo Maori to combat rising costs of education

Royal Oak Intermediate is running a school-wide ‘Te Reo-athon’ to raise money in support of some of their most vulnerable families. The fundraising initiative will directly finance the ongoing costs of education at the decile 4 school. Associate …

More funding to support LGBTI young people

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye has announced $25,000 of funding towards more initiatives to support LGBTI young people. “This latest funding will help InsideOUT New Zealand deliver workshops at the 2016 Shift Hui in Wellington, and help Q-Topia deliver the RainbowYOUTH education programme in Christchurch schools,”

Parents keep quake anxious Christchurch children home from school – Stuff.co.nz

Anxiety has resurfaced for many Christchurch school children, with many kept home from school after the latest big earthquake. Aranui High, Christchurch Girls’ High, and St Thomas of Canterbury schools remain closed while damage is checked. Others are …

Editorial: Let the kids walk to school – Stuff.co.nz

There were familiar characters and landmarks on the walk from West End Primary School, in a quiet corner of Palmerston North, to our babysitters’ home just over a kilometre away: the old man who never mowed the lawns, the Polynesian church, the dairy ..

Former Kiwi student’s struggle with depression, anxiety and …

A Kiwi expat who owes more than $108000 in student loan debt says he feels like he’s being punished. … Student loan arrest will make NZ students ‘scared to come home’ * IRD monitoring 20 for possible arrest in student …

Experts want ‘outdated’ Reading Recovery scrapped in favour of new programme

A reading programme for children created here is being scrapped in Australia, and education experts want New Zealand to follow suit.