Thursday 30 June

Questions and Answers – 29 June 2016

Hon STEVEN JOYCE (Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment): Overnight last night the OECD released its survey of adult skills, which showed New Zealand’s ranking in adult literacy has improved significantly to fourth out of 33 …

New website helps students to ‘FindMyPath’

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata have today announced the launch of ‘FindMyPath’, a new website to help young people explore qualification pathways and figure out what they should study to achieve their career goals. …

Māori academics win awards to study in US – Māori Television

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) and Fulbright New Zealand offer a range of awards to Māori academics, researchers, artists and students from across the country. These scholarships have created ongoing opportunities for Māori academics and students to …

School Report: Are kids really any better than their parents with technology? – Stuff.co.nz

“I think the fact schools use devices for practically all their work prohibits that sort of restriction, I mean gaming obviously and Facebook time [should be restricted] but the trouble is kids are very proficient at flicking screens,” she said. “In …

 

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Wednesday 29 June

School Report: Academic results and information on every school in New Zealand

The School Report site has academic results and information on every school in the country. School Report includes information on all schools, including all NCEA results up to 2015 and National Standards results up to 2014. You can view individual …

Pacific literacy and numeracy skills improve

Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says new literacy and numeracy results for Pacific adults are great news. “The fact that Pacific literacy and numeracy scores are increasing at a faster rate than the rest of the New Zealand adult …

New Zealand fourth in OECD for adult literacy

“The numbers of adults accessing help with their literacy and numeracy has quadrupled between 2010 and 2013 from 36,200 to 175,000. We’re also seeing earlier identification of problems with literacy and numeracy through use of the adult literacy and …

Student achievement is improving in New Zealand but internationally Kiwis are slipping – report – Stuff.co.nz

Rodgers says international tests like PISA are “survey-based, point-in-time snapshots”. “International studies and domestic data show that we need to do more work on maths and science achievement. We agree, which is why we have a strong focus in these …

Poorly performing schools failing to improve

A third of New Zealand schools are poorly performing, some of them for up to 10 years, according to a new report by the think tank New Zealand Initiative. The report analyses Education Review Office data and says that 90 per cent of the country’s two and a half thousand schools are performing well, or demonstrating consistent high-quality performance. But it finds that 8 per cent of schools are poor performers, and more than a third of those, failed to meet expectations for at least two consecutive reviews by ERO. Kathryn speaks with report author Martine Udahemuka.

State school failure shows value of Partnership Schools

Failing state schools are avoiding closure, which shows the value of the Partnership Schools model, says ACT Leader David Seymour. A New Zealand Initiative report shows some state schools poorly perform for at least a decade. “It’s an open secret that …

 

Tuesday 28 June

NZCER restructure upsets Maori researchers

An advisory group to Te Wahanga, Te Ropu Tikanga Rangahau, says a restructure will disestablish the position of Te Wahanga manager. Despite NZCER’s stated commitment to being a treaty-based organisation, the restructuring was not discussed with Te …

The connected classroom – the Internet of Things in education – Educators NZ

A recent Cisco study predicted there will be an incredible 37 million connected devices in New Zealand by 2020, so it’s no surprise that everyone is still talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) – a concept that technologists made famous more than a …

Redcliffs school pupils offer insight into 21st century play-time – Stuff.co.nz

And so when I arrive at Christchurch’s Redcliffs Primary School to find kids playing ball, girls with skipping ropes, and structured games on the school’s back field, I’m not the least bit surprised. The year 1 to 8 school operates out of Van Asch Deaf …

Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Awards winners

These awards are for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in fields targeted to support growth and innovation in New Zealand. Ten awards were granted this year, in partnership with the Science …

Primary schools’ withdrawal narrows discussion on future of education in Hawera

Hawera’s primary schools have pulled out of discussions about possible changes for education in Hawera.

Monday 27 June

Class sizes set to increase – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

“The last time Hekia Parata tried to increase class sizes, there was a revolt around the country by parents who were able to pause class size increases.” The Minister’s freeze on operation funding for schools in this years Budget already mean schools …

On The Nation: Patrick Gower interviews Hekia Parata – Scoop.co.nz

We fund on a ratio, but a principal decides, at a school, what the class size will be. That discretion is already available and is already exercised now. So, that particular issue—. If we look at this, this would incentivise them to change that ratio …

School Report: Take a kid’s eye view

It still has all of the NCEA and National Standards results for every school, plus demographic details and links to the latest Education Review Office reports but it’s now got a whole new look and a tidier interface. SCHOOL REPORT See every school’s …

Growing up as a Kiwi kid — Sophie’s story Age 5

It is particularly important for teachers and parents to watch for signs that children are turning away from school and learning around ages 10-14, according to the New Zealand Council for Educational Research’s Competent Learners study. A follow-up …

Pasifika Education Centre doomed

… “ In a written question I asked the Minister whether he would put a bid in for more money. His answer was a blunt no. “ Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says the PEC will develop a strategy that focusses on Pasifika language and culture. “ Such a strategy will …

Linda Tuhiwai Smith acknowledged for contribution to Māori education – Māori Television

Linda Tuhiwai Smith of Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou has been acknowledged for her major contribution to education with the Te Ururangi Award at the 2016 Matariki Awards. Smith is Professor of Education and Māori Development and Pro-Vice Chancellor …

Maori Party tribute to ‘an ambassador of hope’ – New Zealand Herald

Ngati Hine Health Trust chairperson Gwen Tepania-Palmer said Mr Cooper, who was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit last year for services to Maori health, education and development over the previous 30 years, had made a huge …

Call for more school support for stressed Canterbury kids

Five years on from the Canterbury earthquakes, many children are still showing signs of stress. Our health correspondent Karen Brown says child health and education experts want children to get more help.

Unease at schools’ funding overhaul

A new proposed funding scheme for schools and teachers has been likened to 90s bulk-funding and has already received criticism by both the secondary and primary school unions.In consultation documents published on the Ministry of…

More public servants learning Te Reo

The number of public servants learning Te reo has surged.

Students develop app to help school leavers transition into real world

A Lion Foundation Young Enterprise team from Waikato Diocesan School for Girls has developed an app that aims to help school leavers navigate life out of school. Year 12 business students Shekinah Blaikie, Devon Bree, Emily Clapcott, Annabel Nesdale, …

Kiwi kids sharing stories through web coding & te reo – Educators NZ

“The project involves two full day workshops for students followed by a term of Code Club sessions ending with teachers having the opportunity to attend further professional development at our Google sponsored event Computer Science for Primary Schools …

 

 

 

Friday 24 June

Food education charity aims for national impact

It includes comprehensive resources for the garden, kitchen and volunteers, recipes, instructional videos and a range of curriculum resources aligned with the NZ primary school curriculum to ensure the programme is well integrated with learning outcomes.

$10k for Wakatipu Basin youth mentoring

The Wakatipu Youth Trust (WYT) will receive funding of $10,000 to develop mentoring opportunities for young people in 2016/2017, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “This funding will support around 20 young people to access mentoring opportunities,” says Ms Kaye. WYT was established in April 2011 following the merger of Queenstown Life Trust and Wakatipu District Youth Trust. Throughout the year, WYT access young people via a youth centre, mentoring, events, work in schools and one-on-one interactions. …

Auckland Students’ Association celebrates 125th birthday – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

AUSA railed against the reforms to the tertiary education system in the 1990s, establishing an Education Action Group that organised thousands-strong marches up Queen Street, bus trips to Parliament and occupations of the University Registry to demand …

Postal problems impact on school elections

Reduced deliveries by New Zealand Post have affected board-of-trustee elections, School Trustees Association says.

 

 

 

Thursday 23 June

Should NCEA maths and science be compulsory?

But the director of Massey University’s Institute of Education, Professor John O’Neill, said the worst thing government could do was mandate all students to do maths and science to year 13. New Zealand had become too obsessed with national standards …

Mystified by NCEA? Fun app helps track student progress – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Massey University has developed an app to help high school students track their NCEA progress – and it’s actually fun to use. Called NCEA Credsta, the app uses colourful cartoon characters to turn the chore of recording NCEA credits into a game.

Rising pressure on school rolls draws call to tighten rules

The Government is under pressure to let schools toughen enrolment zone rules in a move which could see some children barred from attending their local school.Among those targeted could be families living in newly built apartments…

Hutt schools funded to trial innovative teaching approaches – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

“This funding follows the success of two Hutt Valley projects in round one led by Maungaraki School, a collaborative project investigating teaching practices encouraging student agency, and Sacred Heart Petone who are leading a two year collaborative …

First NZ initiative to link computer coding with te reo

A national charity organisation has, with Ngai Tahu, produced a first of its kind initiative to teach primary school students how to embrace Ngai Tahu’s cultural beliefs and language by creating a variety of coding projects incorporating te reo.

 

 

Wednesday 22 June

Fellowship supports vital tutoring resource

Launched in 1998, the Beeby Fellowship is awarded every two years and supports the development of educational resources drawn from research.

Maori health, education and social leader dies

Maori health, education and social leader dies … Offering bi-lingualeducation to at least 100 children, Te Mirumiru Early Childhood EducationCentre operates from a new purpose built facility on the grounds of the Ngati Hine Health Trust. Trust …

More schools funded to trial innovative practice

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that 46 innovative teaching projects involving 114 schools and 6 early childhood education providers have won funding worth a total of around $3.6 million over the next two years. Ms Parata says the Teacher-Led Innovation Fund supports teams of teachers to develop innovative teaching practice to raise achievement for kids. …

Partnership leads to new maths programme

Education Minister Hekia Parata has paid tribute to a generous bequest and a special partnership between Shirley School, Ngāi Tahu, Massey University and the Ministry of Education. Ms Parata says the partnership is behind the implementation of ­Hangaia Te Urupounamu Pāngarau Mō Tātou­, a new culturally responsive maths programme for Shirley School.

New architecture embraces inclusive unit at Waiopehu College – Stuff.co.nz

A special learning unit with a unique educational philosophy has a new $1.2 million home at Waiopehu College in Levin. The block was designed by McKenzie Higham architects, the team behind the school’s award-winning Teen

Proposal to radically change schools funding

A plan to radically change the way schools are funded has raised the ire of teacher unions.

Global Budget just bulk funding in disguise – opposition

A government proposal to change the way schools are funded is nothing but bulk funding in disguise according to opposition parties.

New funding system for schools including a ‘global’ salary criticised

A new funding system for schools and teachers has been proposed by the Government, including a “global” salary system already being criticised by the secondary schools union.In consultation documents published on the Ministry of…

What do schools need to do to protect against fraud?

The School Executive Officers Association says it’s vitally important that schools have systems and processes in place to eliminate the possibility of theft.

Tania McCartney accused of stealing $146k from Hastings’ Parkvale School – Stuff.co.nz

A former school administrator has appeared in court charged with stealing almost $150,000 from a Hastings primary school. Tania May McCartney, the former personal assistant and bursar at Parkvale School, faces charges of theft by a person in a special ..