Friday 30 September

The evolving classroom: Education’s biggest revamp in 30 years

… in education, more money for small and isolated schools, changes to the way school property funding is managed, better accountability for student achievement and supporting a wider range of education options, like private schools and charter schools.

Gordon Campbell on privatizing education, and the Amen Break

… give some examples of those dismal market experiments from all around the world, with even Serco’s private prison experiments in New Zealand rating a mention. Links are also provided to US data on the school privatisation industry, aka charter schools.

Victoria University joins edX platform to take online learning global – Educators NZ

Courses will run for four or eight weeks and there’s no limit to class size. Victoria’s lectures will be subtitled in different languages, including te reo Maori. Larner also says that the partnership with other universities fits with the Government’s …

NZ special-needs education ‘at crisis point’ – Stuff.co.nz

A teacher aide helps a Kiwi 11-year-old with his work in a mainstream classroom. PHOTO: FAIRFAX NZ. Instead, these highly trained specialists are only allowed to offer advice to teachers or teacher aides rather than working directly with the students …

Education sector grumpy over funding proposal – Auckland stuff.co.nz

Over the past month, the Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) and NZ Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZEI) have held meetings nationwide for their 60,000 members in order to voice their concerns and garner opposing votes. At the East Auckland …

Quality public tertiary education needed for all

The Draft Productivity Commission Report looking at new models of tertiary education poses risks for students and working people if the recommendations to open up tertiary education to increased private provision were to go further. CTU Secretary Sam …

Massive overhaul of tertiary education recommended

The Productivity Commission has just released a report saying government regulations grant local monopolies to existing education providers and creates cartel structures. It’s recommending interest be reintroduced on student loans and university entrance is scrapped. It also suggest breaking up the pool of money given to the sector and allocate it to students instead. Nine to Noon speaks to the Productivity Commission’s Murray Sherwin and Universities New Zealand’s Chris Whelan…

NCEA: Kia Aroha College – the school with no exams

Until this year it was led by Dr Ann Milne, a pioneering educator who gained her doctorate with a thesis about the “whiteness” of New Zealand’s education system. Dr Milne’s vision was one where her students – all from Maori or Pasifika backgrounds …

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Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 September

More toilet cleaners or more tradespeople?

“The NCEA standards about cleaning toilets make a mockery of the students and the education system. “Teachers need and deserve better support and strategic guidance from this Government. Rather than throwing money at charter schools, the government …

Looking for the ah ha moments in education

For the last 15 years, Sharpe has worked as the literacy and numeracy support at the Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki (Witt), helping students make up for the skills they thought they didn’t need when they went through school. Sitting in his …

Fixed-term contracts make rough road for beginner teachers: union – Stuff.co.nz

“That’s definitely going to show in the classroom, because something has to give,” Speedy said. The PPTA report proposed a commitment to establishing teachers at secondary and area schools. It is modelled on a similar pledge for the primary sector …

New president driven by desire for quality education for all

“I want to ensure a quality public education system is retained and enhanced in New Zealand, as I believe that this is the only way that we can meet the needs of all of our children in New Zealand. Ensuring that equitable outcomes are the focus for …

Barriers to educational success must be removed

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that distribution of resources to schools must be better targeted to ensure that all children across the decile system have the same access to quality educational opportunities. A fully equitable education system …

Impact of NZ’s academic research rising

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has today welcomed figures that show the impact of New Zealand’s academic research has been rising when compared with the rest of the world. A report released today, Profile and Trends, New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Research, shows the rate of citation of New Zealand’s research is now 1.26 times the world average. …

Top award handed out to teacher who champions the voice of Maori in education – Taranaki Daily News

Waitara’s Tiri Bailey, who is a resource teacher of Maori, was made a Fellow of the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) at its annual conference on Sunday. She was the only person to receive the prestigious accolade this year. Bailey said she …

NCEA: Inside the world of high school academies

High school in 2016 has become a playground for the logistical mastermind. As well as co-ordinating timetables for traditional subjects, principals must fit in two days for at least three different academy programmes, and also arrange…

Educators take better funding message to MP’s office

Principals, primary and early childhood teachers and support staff will stage a protest outside National’s MP Todd McClay’s Rotorua electorate office today, calling on the Government to increase education funding and opposing the Government’s proposal…

Return to interest on student loans, draft report says

Scrapping University Entrance and a return to charging interest on student loans are among drastic measures being proposed for the tertiary sector in a new report.

Leadership roles in schools vacant due to work stress – Scoop.co.nz

Schools are facing a chronic shortage of middle leaders with over 40 percent of teachers reporting not wanting to take up the roles due to high workload and inadequate compensation. “Curriculum leaders are an essential part of every school team but …

Victoria University students call for teaching quality to increase with fees

Victoria University students opposed to the university putting up its fees by 2 per cent say there needs to be a corresponding rise in teaching quality. The university council voted on Monday to increase fees for 2017. Victoria University of Wellington …

 

 

 

 

Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 September

The evolving classroom: Education’s biggest revamp in 30 years

… in education, more money for small and isolated schools, changes to the way school property funding is managed, better accountability for student achievement and supporting a wider range of education options, like private schools and charter schools.

Howard League wins Partner of Year award

The Howard League has been supporting prisoners for more than 90 years and this award recognises the ongoing success of the League’s literacy and driver licensing programmes. “Corrections and the Howard … Nearly 65 per cent of the men and women in …

Marlborough iwi Ngati Apa ki te Ra To launches education starter packs

Ngati Apa ki te Ra To offers literacy and numeracy programme for adults * Marlborough iwi make joint submission on … Black Caps vs India: NZopener survives crazy non-catch as visitors push on in first test · Flynn’s flying visit for Golden Bay …

The Mind Lab + NEXT Foundation award teacher for digital learning passion – Educators NZ

While in principle I was already open to the concept of using digital technology in the classroom, this programme has given me the practical, hands-on tools to successfully bring digital learning to life in my teaching practice,” she says. “Having the …

Hekia Parata: All ears to anyone ‘seriously committed’ to improving kids’ learning – Stuff.co.nz

I visit schools right across New Zealand on a regular basis, seeing for myself what’s happening in our classrooms. I speak to teachers, principals and parents about what I, as the Education Minister, can do to support them to ensure our kids are achieving.

Tolley’s spin on Education spend doesn’t add up

National’s spin about school funding won’t wash with parents who are paying more and more of the cost of their kids’ education every year, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “All the spin in the world can’t hide the fact that when it …

Inspiring Maori Leadership in Education Conference motivates Maori teachers. – Gisborne Herald

“I became a teacher initially because I saw gaps in education between kohanga and school and I wanted to close those gaps.” Ms Allen says she needed to be qualified to understand those gaps and to make a difference. “There is a lot I am hoping to get …

Success in learning how to learn – New Zealand Herald

Childcare is available at the Kohanga Reo next door to the facility. The children are picked up in the morning from home, and the van run starts at 3pm for drop off – leaving ample time for students to do course work in the afternoon, or just get some …

Victoria University to increase fees – New Zealand Herald

“The Tertiary Education Strategy states as a priority the need to boost achievement of Maori and Pasifika. That is very hard to come by when they are increasingly price-sensitive and debt-averse, and therefore dissuaded from attending university in the …

Resource Teacher of Māori honoured – Scoop.co.nz

A Resource Teacher of Māori based at Waitara East School in Taranaki has been given one of the highest honours in the education sector. She has iwi links with Te Atiawa Taranaki and Ngāi Tahu. Tiri Bailey was made a Fellow of NZEI Te Riu Roa at its …

What’s beneath rising NCEA pass rates? – New Zealand Herald

Data shows that despite record numbers of students gaining the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) last year, at every stepMaori, Pasifika and low decile students are getting a different kind of NCEA to students from more affluent …

Speech to the Global Education Industry Summit – Jerusalem, Israel

Shalom. Tēnā koutou katoa and warm greetings from across the Pacific. Thank you for the invitation to participate in this Summit. I appreciate the opportunity to share New Zealand’s latest chapter in our ever-evolving education story, and how we’re preparing children and young people to be confident participants in their highly connected and increasingly innovative world. Ours is a small nation with a far reach and big ambitions. …

Minister meets with education experts in US

Education Minister Hekia Parata says her meetings with education experts and leaders in the United States confirmed that New Zealand’s education system is a world-leader in preparing young people for the 21st century. Ms Parata joined international education experts and leaders, including OECD Secretary-General, Dr Angel Gurria and UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, for discussions at the Asia Society Center for Global Education in New York. …

NZQA says 170 complaints received over NCEA algebra exam – Stuff.co.nz

Nearly 200 teachers, students, parents and principals concerned about the difficulty of a Year 11 NCEA algebra exam have complained to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. On Monday morning the organisation had received 170 complaints over the …

NCEA: Are exams only for the elite?

Are end-of-year exams becoming an option only for the elite?Data shows students at underprivileged high schools are less likely to sit exams than those from wealthy families – with entry rates for the poorest pupils almost half…

Has NCEA delivered?

It’s 14 years since NCEA was introduced to replace School Certificate, UE and Bursary. Kathryn Ryan talks to Dr Rosemary Hipkins the co-author of a new book, examining what she says is one of the most complicated qualification systems in the world. She says NCEA has been a success, but some students are still too focussed on gathering credits as opposed to learning for learning’s sake.

‘Yoga should be on the school curriculum’ – Stuff.co.nz

Last week, UK education minister Edward Timpson said during a commons debate that children should be taught Buddhist meditation techniques and yoga in schools to help them “unplug from their online world”. He suggested that lessons taught as part of …

Friday 23 September

Feedback sought on Tertiary Education Amendment Bill

“We are seeking feedback from stakeholders on whether the draft legislation is clear and easily understood, whether there are likely to be implementation issues, and the potential impact of these proposals on tertiary education organisation and …

Rally for better inclusion in schools

IHC is a member of Education for All, which has organized today’s rally. We come together in response to frustration and concern expressed by disabled people, families and education and disability organisations, about the recently announced update of …

Inspiring Maori Leadership in Education Conference motivates Maori teachers. – Gisborne Herald

“I became a teacher initially because I saw gaps in education between kohanga and school and I wanted to close those gaps.” Ms Allen says she needed to be qualified to understand those gaps and to make a difference. “There is a lot I am hoping to get …

Success in learning how to learn – New Zealand Herald

Childcare is available at the Kohanga Reo next door to the facility. The children are picked up in the morning from home, and the van run starts at 3pm for drop off – leaving ample time for students to do course work in the afternoon, or just get some …

Govt accused of not following through with school funding

The Government has been accused of dragging its feet after only spending less than a fifth of the money promised to address school roll growth pressures in Auckland.

United call for special education changes

Disability and education groups have banded together to urge the Government to dramatically improve special education.

Youthline so overwhelmed 150 people a week missing out on help

Youthline says it’s so overwhelmed with young people calling its service that 150 a week are missing out on help.

Students give online exams the thumbs up – Stuff.co.nz

… working towards all NCEA exams being online by 2020, “where appropriate”. The qualification authority’s deputy chief executive Andrea Gray says “where appropriate” applies to technical feasibility or whether the teaching lends itself to digital …

 

NZ employment support service targets Pasifika youth – Radio New Zealand

If we can get pacific people into better training opportunities, high levels of education and achievement, then they get paid higher wages and incomes,” he said. “And that has a natural flow-on effect to those housing outcomes and the health outcomes.

Education Act changes give corporate welfare to the wealthy

Funding private companies the same as public universities and polytechnics is neither equitable nor wise, says TEU national president Sandra Grey.

Students regroup after challenging exam

The NCEA Level One MCAT (maths common assessment test) set by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority held on September 13 and 15 throughout the country left some students in tears and teachers angry after it was described by some as “extremely …

Ivan Snook: School students deserve better than this

OPINION: Recently I attended a massive rally of teachers and school support staff protesting at the Government’s proposal to institute “Global Budgeting”.

 

 

Thursday 22 September

Students test online NCEA exams

RNZ education correspondent John Gerritsen sits down with students who are testing online NCEA exams this year.

All eight New Zealand universities in the top 600 in the world

New Zealand Universities have once again been ranked among the best in the world.

St Cuthbert’s College principal ends 20 year tenure

A prestigious Auckland college is about to lose its principal after 20 years of service.

Education and Disability Sectors Unite for Rally

Disabled people, families, educators and service providers are rallying at Parliament on Thursday to let Government know that their Special Education Update is totally inadequate and it is time to invest in inclusion. The Rally has been organised by …

 

Wednesday 21 September

Parents, schools, teachers oppose bulk funding | Scoop News

Overwhelming opposition to the National Government’s school bulk funding proposal is unsurprising and Hekia Parata should now unequivocally rule out …

 

Ministry of Education don’t know if they own a building on their own land

The ownership issue was revealed when the Ministry of Education offered an empty early childhood education facility, opposite Tawa College, to Porirua’s First Five childcare centre. The college then raised concerns, saying the building was theirs – and …

Continuous NCEA testing making secondary school students anxious – Stuff.co.nz

Many have lost confidence in their own ability and in the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA), which set the exam. One mother emailed Stuff to say her child was on suicide watch as a result of the … be on assessment quality over quantity …

Professor says students shouldn’t worry about controversial maths test – Stuff.co.nz

Students stumped by a controversial high school maths paper don’t need to worry about it affecting their achievement record, an academic says. Alex James … Maths teachers have been “horrified” at NCEA level 1 exams set by the NZ Qualifications Authority.

Catholic schools need to take some calculated risks – NZ Catholic

In recent years there has been serious debate and reflection on the nature and purpose of our Catholic school network, including the excellent publication by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference in 2014, “The Catholic Education of School-Age …

Male teacher had sex with a student and sent another teenager 188 pages of emails – Education Council

A college teacher bombarded female students with emails and texts during two inappropriate relationships with the teenagers, the Education Council says. The man had sex with one of the students and encouraged the other student to be “emotionally …

Wellington maths teachers meet with NZQA over horror exam, asking for apology

Maths teachers have asked the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to apologise over an exam so difficult it left students in tears.

NZ universities confirmed as world-class – Scoop.co.nz

The results of the QS World University Rankings released today show that despite fierce competition internationally, six of New Zealand’s eight universities improved their rankings while the other two largely held their places. All eight universities …

Tuesday 20 September

The Waikato artist who never stepped foot in a classroom – Stuff.co.nz

JASON DORDAY/FAIRFAX NZ. “As my time is limited, then I want to do what will make me most happy.” Growing up Katie Rose Clausen was always a little different. Clausen, who is from Waikato, has never stepped foot inside a classroom. Severe learning …

Submissions invited on Education (Update) Amendment Bill

The Education and Science Committee is now inviting submissions on the Education (Update) Amendment Bill. The closing date for submissions is midnight on Friday, 11 November 2016. Have your say to the Education and Science Committee and tell them …

More pathways for young people in work and higher education

DualPathways students will be enrolled part-time in secondary school at Year 12 or 13 and part-time in either tertiary education or industry training. The programme will come into effect next year and replaces a small scale Secondary-Tertiary pilot …

Teachers demand explanation from NZQA on hard math exam

A Wellington school’s head of Maths says tough exam could affect future course choices for students.

Test yourself on Level 1 NCEA external exams – Stuff.co.nz

Students, teachers and parents are upset at the New Zealand Qualification’s Authority after students sat an extremely difficult NCEAlevel 1 maths exam. The difficulty of this year’s Level 1 MCAT exam has parents criticising the education …

Maths exam: Teachers failed to prepare students – experts

Students who broke down in tears during a maths exam which has been deemed too difficult should have been able to answer the questions, two experts say, laying the blame on teachers for failing to properly prepare their students for…

Teachers ‘overwhelmingly’ oppose school funding changes

Teachers have overwhelmingly voted against a proposed change to the school funding system, unions say.