Tuesday 31 May

Hubs help Maori teens with NCEA – New Zealand Herald

“Through the Ministry of Education we know [education achievement] statistics for Maori and Pasifika is very low and statistics for disengaged youth are very high. This is about supporting youth to achieve a minimum of NCEA Level 2.” A maximum of 35

A day in the life of a US high school – by John Hughes – Stuff.co.nz

Someone’s mashed up the best bits from John Hughes’ movies and it’s the best high school film ever. The Hollywood teen film icon was the man behind eighties classics like Some Kind of Wonderful, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink …

Parata: ‘Most’ schools to get extra funding – Educators NZ

Education Minister Hekia Parata says is pleased with how the education sector has reacted to the Budget 2016 announcement last week, saying most schools will receive extra funding as an outcome of the target discretionary funding announced. … Th

Initiative to ignite female students into tech careers

Young New Zealand female students have the opportunity to be mentored by high profile technology companies at Shadow Tech Day in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland over the next three months. More than 230 … During Shadow Tech Day each student is …

The rise of international education

OPINION: Most New Zealanders know that tourism is booming.

 

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Monday 30 May

Housing crisis has huge impact on education

That’s having a huge impact on their education. “The National Government often trumpet national standards data, but how is that data supposed to have any validity when some sch

Willie Jackson appointed to Te Mātāwai – Māori Television

Seven representatives are set to be chosen by iwi, another three from the ‘Reo Tukutuku’ cluster which represent Māori Language Stakeholders in media, education and community will join Mr Jackson. Furthermore, the Minister of Māori Development Te …

Schools luring teachers to Auckland with help of accommodation – Stuff.co.nz

Principals struggling to fill teaching positions have resorted to buying houses for staff as a last ditch attempt to offset the impact of the housing crisis. A “perfect storm” has created a secondary school teaching shortage, exacerbated by teachers …

Kahurangi Taylor: youth initiatives in Waiuku

Kim Hill talks to the Project Development Manager for Te Rangatahi o Ngati Te Ata, a Waiuku-based project to support young people within her iwi, that was the recipient of a Youth Group Award at the Youth Week Awards 2016.

The brave new world of school funding – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Since the school reforms of 1989, school operational funding has included an element of measuring disadvantage, based on census data, to provide additional support for schools and hopefully improve learning outcomes. The model was very … The data …

Data sharing protocol will make life easier for grads

Universities New Zealand is delighted to join a global initiative that will make it easier for international students to transfer to our universities and for New Zealanders to do further study overseas.

 Lyndon McLeod – The Swedish School Lunch Revolution

 School kids in the Swedish town of Gislaved regularly enjoy a rosemary-scented lamb stew that awarding winning Kiwi-born chef Lyndon McLeod learnt in his nana’s kitchen in Kaitangata, South Otago.In Sweden, school pupils receive a cooked lunch at school every day.

How can we make work safer for early childhood teachers? – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

She added that bullying should have no place in early childhood education and witnessing staff being bullied could have a negative knock-on effect on children, their learning and their behaviour.

 

Friday 27 May

Government continues to invest in schools in Wellington – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

The Government will invest around $4 million from Budget 2016 to provide new classrooms in the greater Wellington region, including Wairarapa, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today at Mt Cook …

Rachael Leafe – promoting educational achievement

She has enjoyed the opportunity to be a representative for the community on Petone’s Sacred Heart Primary School Board of Trustees for the last four 4 years, to promote the educational achievement of all the children at the school. Communication with

Shifting the Levers of Education

Socio-economic factors can have an impact on educational outcomes which is why we last month became the first government in 43 years to lift real benefit rates for beneficiaries with children. It is also why we support breakfast in schools programmes

Educator to explore Hawaii links with Maori – New Zealand Herald

Karine Te Kanawa won the 2016 Margaret M Blackwell Travel Fellowship and said the award was “one of the highest honours” that could be given by the Ministry of Education to an early childhood educator. She would be travelling to Hawaii to study their …

Inaugural Matariki Awards Showcase Māori Success – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

As an acknowledgement of their contribution to the Education sector, Otago University Dean and Professor Suzanne Pītama, Waikato University Professor and Pro-Vice Chancellor Māori Linda Smith and Melbourne University Professor Elizabeth McKinley are …

Parents may end up with more schooling costs

Parents who already struggle to pay school donations could be hit by a funding freeze on schools’ operational costs, education representative say.

Scheme helping to drive technology at Marlborough primary schools – Stuff.co.nz

Children at a Marlborough school have been given some fuel for thought. Mayfield School was presented with four Acer Chromebook laptops on Tuesday as part of the Southfuels programme Fuel for Schools. Principal David Nott says the school has so far …

More students but less money

The overall cut to tertiary education in this year’s budget will cause real harm to students, their families, and communities.

Budget 2016 insulting to early childhood education – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

More and more of our members are telling us they are struggling to afford providing their teachers with professional development,’ said Mr Diggins. ‘How can we expect children to have a high quality ECE experience if the sector can’t afford to develop

Thursday 27 May

Annual education investment to exceed $11b – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Additional investment in early childhood education, children with special needs, and new schools and classrooms takes annual education spending above $11 billion for the first time, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. “Education is the key to the …

HEAT Software integrates with Apple edtech to empower digital classroom – Educators NZ

The software’s integration with ASM manages and delivers all of the learning content, licences, and class roster information from Apple’s portal to the students, teachers and classrooms where it is needed automatically. LANrev integrates teacher …

Extra support for students with special needs

Budget 2016 delivers extra support to students who need it most, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. “In line with our strategy of directing extra funding to where it is most needed, we are putting an additional $42.1 million of operating funding over the next four years into services for students with special needs,” Ms Parata says. …

Extra support for most at-risk students

Budget 2016 uses a Social Investment approach to direct an extra $43.2 million of operating funding over four years to schools educating about 150,000 students most at risk of educational failure, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. The schools targeted for this new funding have students who have spent a significant proportion of their lives in benefit-dependent households. “Most of these households do a great job of helping their children do well at school,” Ms Parata says. …

$882.5m investment in school property

Budget 2016 provides $882.5 million for school property, comprising $727.3 million of capital funding and $155.2 million of operating funding over the next four years, Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye say. “The package provides for growth across New Zealand, as well as investment in public private partnerships and significant investment in Canterbury. It will provide nine new schools, 480 new classrooms, two school expansions and the relocation and rebuilding of three schools and a kura.” …

Annual education investment to exceed $11b

Additional investment in early childhood education, children with special needs, and new schools and classrooms takes annual education spending above $11 billion for the first time, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. “Education is the key to the future and this investment, at a time of low inflation, demonstrates the Government’s ongoing commitment to raising achievement for all our kids,” Ms Parata says. …

$34.6m boost for te reo Māori

Budget 2016 provides $34.6 million of operating funding over four years to support the revitalisation of te reo Māori across key Māori language initiatives. The new funding provides all New Zealanders with access to more te reo Māori – a great advance for the Māori language, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says. “The funding will enable whānau, hapū and iwi to play a greater leadership role in the design and planning of initiatives that makes a real difference to the revitalisation of the Māori language,” Mr Flavell says. …

Rapid path to teaching te reo – New Zealand Herald

My brother Preston and other members of our Bidois whanau, including Kim Ngarue Ratapu, had come to the Awahou Marae to do our pohiri and karakia for our te reo Maori students from the Palmerston North programme that Carolyn and I were students on.

$761.4m for an Innovative New Zealand

The Government is making a major investment in growing innovation in Budget 2016, through the Innovative New Zealand package to encourage entrepreneurship, skills and economic growth. “Innovative New Zealand is a series of 25 initiatives that will see $761.4 million invested over the next four years in science, skills, tertiary education and regional development initiatives. These will help diversify the economy, and support more jobs and higher wages for New Zealanders in the decade ahead,” Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says. …

Fact Sheet 2 – Innovative New Zealand: $256.5 million Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment

Summary A total of $256.5 million in operating funding over the next four years will be invested across the tertiary education sector through Budget 2016’s Innovative New Zealand package as the Government continues to incentivise the provision of skills for the 21st century. This package will encourage training in disciplines such as science, engineering, agriculture and the trades as we continue to grow a high-value, diversified New Zealand economy. …

Te Wananga o Aoteraroa set to open homework hubs – Stuff.co.nz

The Education Ministry has contracted Te Wananga o Aotearoa to create Express to Success homework hubs to help Maori and Pasifika students achieve NCEA. The hubs will operate in Mangere, Kaikohe, Hamilton, Kawerau and Gisborne where whanau …

Budget 2016 overview – Voxy

$883 million to deliver 480 new classrooms, nine new schools, two school expansions and the relocation and rebuilding of three schools and a Kura. This includes … Almost $10 million for extra MÄ ori and Pasifika Trades Training. This …

Māori language gets $34.6m cash injection

The revival of the Māori language has been given a cash injection of $34.6 million.

Budget promises funding for nine new schools

The Budget featured a mixture of spending on education pressure points such as school property and special education and relief for tertiary institutions.

Budget 2016: School property and early childhood the big winners – Stuff.co.nz

Most schools will receive nothing extra in their day-to-day funding from this year’s Budget with money going specifically to under-achieving kids instead. Education Minister Hekia Parata said the targeted $43.2 million would focus on children at the …

International students excluded by programme sell-off

Tertiary Update Vol 19 No 18 Victoria University’s decision to privatise its foundation studies programme will exclude dozens of international students from the university, say staff and students. The university has confirmed it will outsource its international students’ foundation studies programme to a private company. TEU organiser Nicki Wilford says the about 60 students will lose their place in the […]

 

Wednesday 25 May

Charter Schools – Throwing good money after bad

Today’s announcement that the government will fund another seven charter schools and an independent body to support them comes as a huge disappointment to Principals across the nation. ‘Only a few months ago, the Minister was closing the Whangaruru …

Bruce’s education documentary ‘does not disappoint’

Inside NZ Education – A Special Report’. As is typical of Bruce’s work, … Bruce went further, examining how national standards affect students, which, in his words, promote the similarities between students rather than their differences. He found …

Manawatu school principals hopeful of funding boost for teacher aides – Stuff.co.nz

“It minimises behaviour issues, which has a positive impact on that classroom for everyone.” Foxton Beach School principal Hamish Stuart said teacher aide hours had been a casualty of a decile increase at the school in 2014. “Since we had a large cut …

$22.5 million campus to boost creative tech education in Wellington

A $22.5 million arts campus dedicated to New Zealand’s creative community will be built in Wellington by 2018. The facility, named Te Auaha New Zealand Institute of Applied Creativity, is a campus that will be powered by Whitireia New Zealand and the …

Duncan Greive: Everything that’s wrong with TV3’s ‘special report’ – New Zealand Herald

One of the few things he said that no one would argue with is that education is supremely important to this and every other country. It’s a critical area, and New Zealand clearly has problems in the area, particularly in early childhood teaching and …

KPMG: Maori kids to learn skills of future leaders – New Zealand Herald

Ariana Paul believes Young Engineers and Squiggle have the potential to have a major impact on the statistics for Maori education, which lag behind those of the general population. Photo / Supplied. Maori children need to avoid the trap of being …

 

 

Tuesday 24 May

Iwi Grows Education Opportunities – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Brendon Wilson, Chairman of Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō said the partnership established with Workforce Development Ltd would provide iwi members currently in employment with foundational education, such as Literacy & Numeracy via workplace training …

Waitakere Community of Learners are helping students achieve goals

They are learning and taking on more of an understanding about National Standards and NCEA. “I haven’t met a teacher, principal or parent yet who doesn’t want the best for all our Waitakere students – so there is a huge groundswell of goodwill and …

Teacher aides get more funding but what else will the Budget deliver for schools? – Stuff.co.nz

ANALYSIS: Last year’s Budget answered schools’ cries for more cash at their disposal and extra help for special needs children. With Budget Day just around the corner there’s only been one slice of the education pie offered up ahead of Finance Minister …

Want to use Apple at your school? JAMF offers solution for full integration – Educators NZ

JAMF Software recently announced the release of a new version of their Casper Suite, including full support for Apple School Manager. This integration improves deployment workflows and adds photo support for both Apple’s Classroom app and Shared iPad …

School calls for Maori trustees – New Zealand Herald

Whanganui High School needs more Maori representation on its board of trustees as it addresses issues around Maori students. That is the message from board chairman Randal Southee following the latest Education Review Office (ERO) report. The report …

Addressing ‘critical shortage’ of te reo Maori teachers high priority for Labour – The Southland Times

Southland Girls’ High School teacher Bill Claridge, principal Yvonne Browning, MP for Palmerston North Iain Lees-Galloway, Labour education spokesperson Chris Hipkins, Labour nominee for Southland Liz Craig and MP for Te Tai Hauauru Adrian Rurawhe …

Rosemary McLeod: Time to stand in the way

Secretary for Education Peter Hughes advised that requiring schools to teach a specific subject would be contrary to the “spirit and underlying principles of the curriculum.” So schools that prefer to ignore embarrassing history are doing just fine …

The Mind Lab by Unitec launches “Where to Next” campaign

The Mind Lab by Unitec is calling on New Zealand teachers to crowd-source its future locations through a new online initiative launched today.

 

 

 

 

Monday 23 May

Andrew Little: Pre-Budget Speech 2016

At the same time as National has poured millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money into privately run charter schools, our public education system is struggling. In the last year alone, National has cut funding for pupils by $150 each. And so schools load …

Parents fork out millions to schools

This week the New Zealand Council for Educational Research published a survey into the challenges of secondary schools and funding was a key issue. Just 14 per cent of principals said government funding was sufficient. The document also pointed to …

Education goes back to the future with virtual reality

A world first initiative aims to bring a virtual reality classroom to at-risk youth and high-needs learners. “This is an incredibly exciting, and the beginning we hope of what will be a massive project,” Jimmy McLauchlan, of the Methodist Mission …

Evolve Education turns to profit, misses prospectus target

Evolve Education Group, the childcare operator, turned to a profit in its latest year, although earnings undershot the target in its 2014 prospectus.Profit was $15.6 million in the 12 months ended March 31, from a loss of $8.1 million…

Digital devices make little difference for primary kids, says study

The boom in iPads and other technologies used in the classroom makes little difference to children’s achievement in their primary years, a new study says.The study compared two classes of 8-year-old children – one with digital devices..

Christchurch’s Banks Avenue School could face long wait to rebuild – Stuff.co.nz

According to a consultation pamphlet distributed by the school, the Ministry of Education is considering three locations: Christchurch City Council-owned Burwood Park South, the Shirley Boys’ High School site and the school’s current site on Banks Ave …

Endeavour School triples its roll in first year-and-a-half – Stuff.co.nz

Kids on the roll at the Hamilton primary school might be Russian, Indian or Colombian, and some are from families which left Auckland for the more affordable northern suburbs of Hamilton. Endeavour was a long-awaited school for the Flagstaff suburb and …

World Class: Bryan Bruce doco investigates New Zealand schools and how to fix them – Stuff.co.nz

Inside NZ Education – A Special Report, in which he spells out how an out-of-date testing philosophy; class sizes; an unbalanced, decile-based competitive schooling structure; a preoccupation with rankings and teachers’ administrative burdens are …

Polytechnic drop out joins ICT Graduate school board – Stuff.co.nz

It’s a perspective that could be invaluable to the Wellington ICT Grad School, one of three such schools that Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce announced in the 2014 Budget would be set up with $29 million of funding over four years.

Hundreds of new scholarships to support more students

Hundreds of new scholarships to support more students University of Auckland – Media Release – 23 May 2016 Hundreds of new undergraduate scholarships will be provided by the University of Auckland to help entry-level students transition into university …

Work experience builds life skills for rural Taranaki students – Stuff.co.nz

Coastal school principal Janelle McKenzie said they developed the workplace skills program after a review of their curriculum last year, and had been running it since the beginning of 2016. “What it means is students experience real life, one or two …