Friday 29 July

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 …

CORE Education & Jade Software growing ideas through He Kakano

CORE Education has adopted Jade Software’s Thinkubator programme to help fuel creative thinking and a ‘visible, sustainable culture of innovation’ in New Zealand. Jade Software says it provides the Thinkubator programme as a way to give people time…

Students told to think about what they get back from their uni fee investment

Tony Mortensen, director of international growth strategies at the University of Canterbury, said he spent a lot of time overseas talking to students who wanted to come to New Zealand to study. International students must pay many times the amount that …


Thursday 28 July

St Mary’s $1m expansion begins –

As part of the expansion, a classroom currently being used to house the school’s OSCAR programme would become the new entrants class and a relocatable classroom would be joined to it. The OSCAR programme would move into the library until a new …

Halswell Residential College to become fully co-educational

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that Halswell Residential College in Christchurch will become fully co-educational from next year. Since 2014, the boys’ school has been able to take up to five girls, or 40 percent of its roll. The school has a waiting list of female students whose families wish them to attend a co-educational school. “Making Halswell Residential College fully co-educational will make its services available to more of our young people with the highest needs,” says Ms Parata. …

New rule shuts door on valued teacher

A highly experienced maths and physics teacher has been ordered out of the classroom despite a dire shortage of teachers in his specialist subjects.British physicist Richard Longley was stopped from relief teaching a week into the…

Helping your child succeed at school

Education consultant and parenting commentator Joseph Driessen talks about what parents of children who succeed at school are doing right.

Parents with children at private schools investigated by IRD for unlawful tax rebates –

“If a school and parents are rorting the system to get tax rebates that you’re not allowed elsewhere in the education system then the Government should be clamping down on it,” he said. Two years on, Hipkins said he “couldn’t understand why they’re not …

Fast times at Kingswell High

As chlorine started leaking through a Kingswell High School science lab, Mike Van Lokvan knew he had made a mistake. A big mistake that could only end with the whip of a cane.

Wednesday 27 July

Careers advisors welcome Labour’s plan for advice overhaul

Labour plans to spend 30 million dollars a year on a new policy introducing personalised career plans for all high school students and qualified advisors in every high school. The Career Development Association of NZ welcomes this.

Call for LGBTI student safety & wellbeing assessment – Gay NZ

support the push for this topic, including research undertaken by Dr Terryann Clark that “indicates that the incidence of LGBT attraction in secondary school students is 3.8% for Māori and NZ European, 3.9% Pacific, 3.4% Asian and 4% for other …

Manager brought in to run Grammar school

One of New Zealand’s oldest secondary schools has been placed in limited statutory management after a scathing education review.The Ministry of Education has appointed Sally Dalzell as statutory manager at Auckland Girls’ Grammar…

Upskilling teachers in science education

Barbara Hay is the principal of Oraunui School in Stokes Valley, Lower Hutt, The school is committed to engaging its pupils in science in a practical way. One of its teacher’s, Diana Manks, has spent the last two terms at Victoria University involved in a programme to upskill teachers to enthuse students and the community in science education. The Science Teaching Leadership Programme, managed by the Royal Society of New Zealand, aims at improving science learning.

MATES making connections across barriers

A scheme that connects young people in low decile schools with university student mentors is looking at a bright future, thanks to recent funding boosts.

Te reo champions urged to apply

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori is urging whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori groups to get their applications for funding support, to start or advance their te reo Māori journey, in by this Sunday. Mā te Reo is a $3.25 million contestable fund administered …

Bruce Dale – loved by staff and students alike

The day Bruce Dale died was a sad one for New Zealand education sector.

Andrew Little’s speech to the Industry Training Federation – (press release)

And in the wake of this, the value of the learning for many diminishes. Arbitrary targets see the focus move to the numbers getting the qualification, not whether what students are learning is going to stand them in good stead. Josh talks about this a ..


Tuesday 26 July

Māori/Pasifika scholarship recipients named

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today congratulated 30 highly-accomplished Māori and Pasifika student teachers who have been awarded Kupe Scholarships. The prestigious scholarship aims to attract Māori and Pasifika high achievers to the teaching profession and support them to become inspiring teachers and role models in early childhood, primary and secondary education. “I’m delighted by the outstanding calibre of scholars that the Kupe Scholarship continues to encourage into a teaching career,” says Ms Parata.

Wide te reo exposure key to fluency, says researcher

Children must be exposed to te reo Māori outside the home if it is to become their preferred language, a Māori language specialist says.

For three years Victoria University of Wellington researcher, Maraea Hunia, monitored the language acquisition of her baby granddaughter who was brought up surrounded by te reo and another child whose mother was the only one who spoke to her in the language.

More than 500 teachers investigated over inappropriate conduct –

In 2015 and the first two terms of 2016, 568 teachers were referred from the Education Council to the Complaints Assessment Committee (CAC). That led to 77 teachers being brought before the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal, an independent entity, figures …

Students to get personalised career plans under new Labour policy

All careers advice given to school students would come from a specifically trained advisor under new Labour policy.Every student from Year 9 onwards would be given a personalised career plan under the policy, announced today by…

New Zealand popular with overseas students

More overseas students are choosing New Zealand as their study destination.International student enrolments were up 13 per cent or 14,748 nationwide last year, according to the New Zealand International Education Snapshot. It showed…


Monday 25 July

Half a million smells like pure cronyism

The National/ACT Government’s decision to pump hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars into a new lobby group to advocate for charter schoolsshows just how much of a failure their ideological experiment has become, Labour’s Education spokesperson …

More kids benefiting from Fruit in Schools – (press release)

“It’s absolutely brilliant – we have the fruit out every day, in all theclassrooms. Our kids have healthy food whenever they want to eat it. They’re healthy kids who’re more alert and have more energy. Health is part of our school,” says Chris Dibben …

Education agreement welcome boost, says Chamber

The signing of an education exchange agreement with Xiamen city in China is a welcome advance in helping boost Wellington’s share of the international education market, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce. Chief Executive John Milford said the city …

NZ and Australian principals swap schools

A Gisborne principal has today become acting principal of an Adelaide school as part of the first-ever South Australia/New Zealand Principal Exchange programme, says Education Minister Hekia Parata. Steve Berezowski, Principal of Te Wharau School, has swapped places with Tracey Davies, Principal of Richmond Primary School, for the duration of term

Trust given $500,000 charter school contract without going to tender

A trust with close ties to the Government – including former All Black and National Party supporter Michael Jones – was given a $500,000 charter school contract without going to tender.The E Tipu E Rea Trust, a new body set up to…

Teenagers’ tech use

Professor Sonia Livingstone of the London School of Economics and Political Science has been conducting a year-long study that’s followed a class of 13 year olds in the UK to see how they’re using technology and how teenagers’ tech habits are shaping friendships, family and learning. Her findings are outlined in her book ‘The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age’ (NYU Press).


Friday 22 July

“Fewer tests, broader curriculum,” trustees told

PaCT was introduced in response to concerns from schools about the reliability and validity of national standards data. PaCT allows teachers to map their knowledge about a student’s progress to the national standards, by providing illustrated examples …

Schools urged to make submissions on new Education Bill

The Ministry of Education held an initial round of consultation last year, with over 1800 submissions received in response. This feedback has helped to shape the draft legislation that will be forwarded to Parliament’s Education and Science Select …

Young TEC Wins PATA Gold Education & Training Award 2016

Disbelief and then great excitement was how Lesley Immink, CEO Tourism Export Council describes Young TEC winning the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) international award for Education and Training 2016. “This is absolutely the best news!

Tutors and students loving Libraries’ computer classes

One student said, “I thought I was too dumb to learn, but gave it a go and Honey made me feel so comfortable, I felt like I could conquer the world!” … Patrick Harlow runs the classes at the Wainuiomata and War Memorial libraries and says that …

Paraparaumu School to start bilingual class, taught in English and te reo Maori

Paraparaumu School are starting a bilingual te reo Maori primary school class, in a bid to revitalise the language in the district.

NZ’s high education rates are not matched in productivity stakes

OPINION: New Zealanders are well educated.  New Zealand ranks third in the world among developed nations for tertiary education – more than a quarter of our citizens have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Marlborough principals support ‘on the job’ teacher training

The potential introduction of unqualified trainee teachers to schools has angered a teachers’ union, but two Marlborough principals think it could be a positive step.

Thursday 21 July

Report casts doubt on whether teachers are accurately judging student progress

The way teachers are assessing their students’ progress against national standards for numeracy and literacy is not reliable, and in some cases, might be wrong, a new report shows. The Government-funded study also found that half of reports sent home …

What’s wrong with our education system?

Zhao has published more than 100 articles and 20 books analysing the implications of globalisation and technology on education. He says assessing the quality of education through National Standards figures and testing like the Programme for …

Nga Rangatahi Toa alternative education hub opens at MIT

“On the standard Government contract from the Ministry of Education most alternative education classrooms struggle to pay teachers, let alone provide teaching, internet and any resources.” The new hub of “innovation” is the beginning of a five-year …

Korean school students to experience life in NZ

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed 150 students from rural Korea who will study in New Zealand for the next eight weeks. The school visits’ programme is a joint initiative between the New Zealand and Korean Governments. It stems from the New Zealand Korea Free Trade Agreement which came into force in December last year. …

Doubt over schools’ national standards results

A report into the national standards raises doubt over school’s national standards results. Our education correspondent John Gerritsen has the details.

Education Ministry responds to National Standards report

The Education Ministry responds to the National Standards report giving the standards a pass mark of just 7 out of 10.

Overseas recruitment drives planned to tackle teacher shortage –

The ministry’s acting deputy secretary for early learning and student achievement, Karl Le Quesne, says it has been meeting regularly with Auckland principals and other education leaders to develop solutions. “We know Auckland principals are concerned …

2016 Education Awards

The 2016 Education Awards will celebrate the quality and diversity of educational resources released in the past year by New Zealand companies to support classroom learning. The awards celebrate the success of New Zealand resource providers in the …