Thursday 31 March

Questions and Answers – March 30

Hon HEKIA PARATA: Yes, I stand by the statement I actually made, which was in reference to the report of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, not the ministry’s, and I was quoting a parent who stated that she considered it a lifesaver for …

School up on health and safety –

What the new law does is clarify who is responsible for managing risks, including in situations where there is more than one organisation involved (such as during school field trips or education outside the classroom). In those situations it makes it …

Why kids shouldn’t have laptops in the classroom –

Why kids shouldn’t have laptops in the classroom … I no longer agree with having laptops in the classroom. Of course, kids should … He claims that laptops have introduced slackness to teaching, and inhibited discussion and debate in the classroom …

Education technology critical for developing 21st century skills – Educators NZ

It can personalise learning, engage the disengaged, complement what happens in the classroom, extend education outside the classroom, and provide access to learning to students who might otherwise not have sufficient education opportunities,” the …

Ministry of Education refuses to include New Zealand Land Wars in curriculum

Secretary for Education Peter Hughes in a written submission said that requiring schools to teach a specific subject would be contrary to the spirit and underlying principles of the curriculum. Intervention would be “unnecessary” and “likely to result …

Reports reveal problems with new schools

Independent reviews show some of New Zealand’s newest schools have faults that make them noisy, prone to leaks, and too hot in the summer. Education correspondent John Gerritsen reports.

Study finds highschools not providing adequate sun protection

Research by Otago University found 10 Dunedin high schools failed to to provide sunscreen to half their students on sports days, and only 3% wore hats in the sun. Mohamed Hassan reports.

Starpath launches Toolkit to raise student achievement – (press release)

The Toolkit is based on the comprehensive use of academic counselling and clear checklists for NCEA attainment – especially for University Entrance; embedding data utilisation skills among staff; the active use of data for quality academic planning …

Australian University teaching of colonial history causes anger

A top Australian university has rejected claims it is trying to rewrite the nation’s colonial history after it encouraged students to use the terms “invaded” and “occupied” for the arrival of British settlers.The University of New…

Transitioning from school to University

Liz Morris is the Career development Services Director for Diocesan, and has spent more than a year looking at why so many first year students drop out of tertiary study, and how best to help them make the transition from school to university.

Wairarapa College principal Mike Schwass resigns

The principal of Wairarapa’s largest school has resigned amid mounting pressure over its financial crisis.

 Minister pays tribute to Sir Brother Pat Lynch

 Education Minister Hekia Parata has paid tribute to Sir Brother Patrick Lynch KNZM for his service to education as he steps down from his role as CEO of the Association of Proprietors’ of Integrated Schools (APIS) after 22 years.



Wednesday 30 March

Designing a shared campus for separate single-sex schools –

Analysis by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research in 2012 showed that 42 per cent of those leaving state boys’ schools attained University Entrance – compared with 23 per cent of male students leaving co-educational schools. Ad Feedback.

Record number of entries for education awards

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she is delighted by the record number of entries for the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. “It’s fantastic that so much of the excellent work being done every day has been put forward, so it can be …

Income premiums for study options revealed

New information has been released today which shows what graduates go on to earn once they have studied in different disciplines at universities and other tertiary providers. Four factsheets on the national employment outcomes for young domestic graduates, released by the Ministry of Education, follow the earnings and employability of students for the first nine years following graduation

Ara Institute – Canterbury’s newest tertiary institution

The official launch of the newly formed Ara Institute of Canterbury, a merger of Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) and Aoraki Polytechnic, took place today with events being held in Christchurch, Timaru, Oamaru and Ashburton to mark the occasion. Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Louise Upston joined staff and guests on campus for the dawn service where the new name was announced. …

Maori parents count most support – New Zealand Herald

Almost half (48 per cent) of all Maori people surveyed told Statistics NZ’s General Social Survey they have more than 10 family members and friends who “help and support” them by providing emotional support, lending or giving them things, helping out …

Scholarship recipients encourage Maori into university study – Auckland

“I’m happy to show Maori students about this opportunity that all these cool things can happen if you work hard.” Te Paa spent six months at the University of Missouri and says he learned a lot about himself and his Maori culture while overseas …

School’s tree climbing ban stays, despite Minister’s call to ‘calm the farm’ –

A school says it won’t reverse its tree climbing ban, despite the Government’s assurances about new workplace safety laws. Workplace Relations … “Anybody who says that (schools should be worried) has been very badly misinformed,” he said. He also …

Youth justice school gives kids a boost –

Child, Youth and Family, school, and health services staff work with about 300 teenagers each year. “They do need a lot of support,” Lomax says. “A lot of our students have been traumatised – especially in care and protection [schools].” Achievement …

South Taranaki community wrestles with possible changes to schools

A super-school teaching children from pre-school to tertiary is one of five possibilities being mooted for education in South Taranaki.

Calls for more support to help university students

The 2016 university year has kicked into full swing – but only 66 per cent of students are expected to graduate..


Tuesday 29 March

Children ditching local schools to commute for ‘better’ education –

In Blenheim there are schools overflowing with kids while others have classrooms sitting empty. At the end of 2015, Witherlea School closed its doors to out-of-zone siblings due to its increasing roll and shortage of space. School officials have called …

Driving lessons will count towards an NCEA pass – in literacy –

It has drawn mixed feedback from teachers and driving instructors who have questioned its relevance to the classroom, however the Ministry of Education said it was not compulsory for schools or tertiary educations and that it was optional for them to …

Poverty the main reason for truancy – Newshub

One of the country’s largest truancy services says poverty is one of main reasons some students are bunking or being kept home from school. The National Urban Maori Authority (NUMA) runs three attendance services that work to get truants back in class …

Teacher re-writes history books for schools – New Zealand Herald

The CPR helps schools meet all the Treaty obligations set by the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Curriculum, she said. The books take kids through pre-colonisation Maori in New Zealand, British history, the arrival of European settlers to New …

Hunger hits middle-class kids too

School staff are dipping into their own pockets to feed teenagers at a middle-class Auckland college, as growing numbers of students turn up hungry.The situation echoes survey findings from last year pointing to growing poverty…

Some Southland schools reborn, while others decay –

Plans are afoot for other schools as well. Rockdale Park Primary, in south Invercargill, was sold by the ministry to Hot Group Developments Ltd in July 2007 for nearly $300,000. The school was demolished, and last week a “for sale” sign was visible at …

Youth justice school gives kids a boost

New Zealand’s youngest criminals may be in custody for adult-level crimes, but they are “still children” who need an education, JODY O’CALLAGHAN reports.

 Wellington principal criticises parents sending their children out of zone

Wellington parents looking for “upward mobility” are sending their children to schools they perceive as better, wealthier, and populated with families “like themselves”, a principal says.


Southland farmers say dairying downturn affecting children

Southland farmers are concerned the dairying downturn is affecting their children with some parents struggling to meet additional school costs, while the schools themselves brace for significant roll changes at the end of the season.

Class of their own: Home-schooling a ‘path of discovery’

Seven per cent of New Zealand’s school population are taught at home. Last year, 5558 children from nearly 3000 families were home-schooled.Education reporter Jody O’Callaghan meets a North Canterbury home-educating family.


Thursday 24 March

School Trustees Association must explain rogue actions

They also support looking at what lessons can be learned for state schools from a report into charter schools, which highlights the removal of parent and community membership on school boards. “What kind of membership organisation advocates for …

Big drop in teacher graduates getting a job prompting a return to bonding –

In 2000, 23 per cent of teacher graduates gained a full-time job in the classroom and that has steadily declined since. Wellington College headmaster Roger Moses says planning needs to begin for a large group of teachers. …

$1.1m investment to help half a million children learn first aid skills

Teaching Kiwi kids how to prevent injuries and ensuring they have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency are the goals of the St John in Schools programme, officially launched today by ACC Minister Nikki Kaye at Clendon Park School in South Auckland.

Christchurch school says vulnerable children need protection

A school that flagged concerns about Christchurch child sex offender Robert Burrett with police and the Ministry of Education two years before he was charged, calls for a better system to protect vulnerable children.

School Trustees left red-faced over submission

The School Trustees Association is apologising profusely to schools and to politicians for a submission it made to a select committee opposing extending paid parental leave for new parents.


Tuesday 22 March

Smarter land purchasing for future school needs

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Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye says a more comprehensive approach is being put in place to meet the growing demand for land for schools. “With an additional 107,000 school students expected in Auckland alone by 2040, the Ministry of Education is ensuring it has greater flexibility to obtain land for schools,” says Ms Kaye.

What really happened at Rangiora High School? – New Zealand Listener

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As part of her current doctoral research, she has delivered papers on bicultural leadership and raising Maori achievement across the world. When she took over at Rangiora High, the school had gone through tough times. The Education Review Office (ERO) …

NZ tertiary subjects in global top 50

Dentistry students at the University of Otago have got something to smile about – the course has been ranked the 12th best dentistry course in the world.In data released today, the QS World University Rankings by Subject reveal…

 ERO maths report shows need for quality teaching in early years

 An Education Review Office report linking early mathematics skills to later academic achievement is another indication of the importance of quality teaching in early childhood education.

Boards benefit from investment into trusteeship

Boards of trustees of New Zealand’s state and state integrated schools have benefited from a raft of new or enhanced support services over the past two years says Lorraine Kerr, President of NZ School Trustees Association (NZSTA).

Preparing workers to work with Māori

A two-year project has been launched at the University of Auckland called Te Whaihanga: Preparing students to work with Māori, in collaboration with AKO Aotearoa through a national project award. Building on seed funding from the University of Auckland’s …

 More specialist teachers and counsellors needed in schools: Hipkins

Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins says it’s a good thing that the government is reviewing the school decile funding system.


Monday 21 March

Community of Learning cuts competition between Marlborough schools

A government scheme designed to lift student achievement will build collaboration and break down competition between schools in Marlborough, one of its lead teachers says. Under the Investing in Educational Success policy schools are encouraged to …

The NZ Initiative’s Khyaati Acharya outlines what happens when free education goes bad –

However, most of these children were not expected to stay in school much beyond the 8th grade. The majority of the children in that classroom came from very poor backgrounds; their parents could not afford college tuition and so did not encourage their …

Ministry of Education projects aim to bridge gap for special needs children

Services which help children with additional learning needs often lag behind during the jump to primary school, hampering a child’s entire education. The Auckland City Transition Early Childhood to School Project is part of a nationwide scheme to …

Government’s ECE target looks doubtful – Radio New Zealand

Dr Wylie said it was notable that the percentage of Maori and Pasifika children achieving Level 2 had increased substantially. She said the increase in the number of children going to early childhood education before they started school was good, but …

Māori language teacher Alice Patrick – Radio New Zealand

Alice trained as a teacher and has taught in primary and secondary schools – primarily as a Māori language teacher. She has worked for the Ministry of Education and has undertaken a number of contracts producing resources to improve Māori language …

Scared school principals hide homes in trust to escape tough work safety regime –

School principals plan to put their homes into trust to avoid losing them if they are held personally liable for playground injuries – just one of the unintended consequences emerging from a dramatic health and safety law change coming into force next …

WEGC Students To Discourage Peers from Attending Massey

Wellington East Girls’ College Students To Discourage Peers from Attending Massey University Over Magazine Cover.

 Scientific report identifies health and behaviour risks for kids in care

 A boom in daycare is seeing children spend up to 10,000 hours in care by the time they start school. A major childcare report shows increased risk of childhood respiratory illness, obesity, aggression and hyperactivity.

Friday 18 March

Tertiary education books an indictment on Govt

The Auditor-General has confirmed the National Government is mismanaging the tertiary education sector in a highly critical select committee report released today, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says. “The public …

Ministry of Education projects aim to bridge gap for special needs children

A new education project aims to bridge the gap in a critical moment of schooling for children with special needs. Services which help children with additional learning needs often lag behind during the jump to primary school, hampering a child’s entire …

Elizabeth McKinley – The Conversation AU

Liz McKinley is currently Professor Indigenous Education in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE) at the University of Melbourne. She has a background in secondary teaching, teacher education and leadership roles in Māori education.

Makoura College head a man of words – New Zealand Herald

The 58-year-old Birmingham native and Reading University graduate has been in education since his first child was born in October 1983, on the same day he began training as a teacher. He had … “In this respect, we have a lot to learn from te ao Maori.

Action taken against religion in schools

The Human Rights Commission and members of the Secular Education Network have applied to join court action against religion in schools.The case was brought by Jeff McClintock against Red Beach School, north of Auckland.Mr McClintock…

John Hattie: It is time to be rid of deciles

The decile system was introduced to guide equity funding to schools and in general it has worked very well. But there are two distinct aspects of deciles that need to be looked at separately.Firstly, there are clear links between…

Barbara Ala’alatoa: Deciles – why the time is right for change

Every student in the New Zealand school system has a right to succeed and thrive. Lifting student achievement for all is a complex task, especially when it comes to addressing the issues those at risk of falling behind. But good…

 Wellington region achieves ECE target early – (press release)

Wellington region achieves ECE target early. Education Minister Hekia Parata today congratulated the Wellington region on becoming one of the first three in the country to achieve the Government’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) participation target …

 Henry to judge PM’school excellence award –

He rates higher than the prime minister in many hearts, which is why Sir Graham Henry is one off the judges for this year’s Prime Minister’s Award for Educational Excellence. Education Minister Hekia Parata says before he took the All Blacks to Rugby …

ECE quantity targets are meaningless without funding

News that the Wellington region has hit the government’s early childhood education participation target is cold comfort to educators, says NZEI Te Riu Roa