Tuesday 1 November

Humanities lose out as students seek job security

Enrolments in humanities courses are dropping because students are opting for courses that have a clear job at the end, university leaders say.

Rotorua principal blasts education funding proposals – Stuff.co.nz

Education Minister Hekia Parata, however, hit back at the claims. “The Government funds on class size ratios, for example one teacher to 15 students for year one, but it is the principal who determines the actual size of the class. Not the Government …

More 18-year-olds getting NCEA Level 2 – Parata, Joyce hail ‘outstanding’ results in education targets – New Zealand Herald

Maori and Pasifika achievement improved at a faster rate, the update said, with NCEA Level 2 achievement increasing by 14 percentage points among Maori students, and 12 percentage points for Pasifika pupils. “While we are seeing promising results in …

Excellent progress in education

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce and Education Minister Hekia Parata say today’s Better Public Service update shows the government is on track in lifting participation and achievement from our earliest learners, through to tertiary graduates. …

Heretaunga College students sent home for dressing up as school winds up – Stuff.co.nz

A group of year 13 students who wore Halloween costumes to school are angry at being sent home for what they regarded as a harmless prank. Almost all of Heretaunga College’s year 13 students turned up early at the Upper Hutt school on Monday, before …

Investment in Victoria University spin out completed – Scoop.co.nz

Powerhouse (ASX: PVL), the developer of intellectual property based businesses, is pleased to announce that EdPotential Ltd, a new ed-tech software company, has been spun-out from Victoria University of Wellington’s …

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Monday 31 October

Gamelab in talks with New York museums to launch Gamefroot in American schools

Gamelab chief executive Dan Milward, right, and New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) senior researcher Rachel Bolstad. The size of your wallet should not dictate what opportunities you do – or do not – get in life. And this is why …

 

Unitec student numbers lowest in 15 years says union

Unitec’s complicated online enrolment system has been blamed for steep declines in student numbers and a 15-million-dollar loss in revenues for New Zealand’s largest polytechnic.

Answers needed for teacher vacancy problems

Extra pay for Auckland teachers is likely to be raised when secondary teachers and principals meet government agencies today in Wellington to tackle what principals say is a teacher shortage.

You won’t believe what Hekia Parata will do next 

 Minister of Education Hekia Parata will move to Wainui Beach, Gisborne and take up paddleboarding after she finishes her role in government next year. “I have a house at Wainui. I’ll be spending a lot more time there. My goal for…

  Schools seek more help with traumatic incidents

At least one school a day is asking for help following traumatic incidents, including sudden deaths of students and teachers.Figures obtained under the Official Information Act (OIA) show the Ministry of Education received 205 requests…

School Counsellors under pressure

School counsellors are over-burdened and not able to reach every student they should, the New Zealand Association of Counsellors says. Sarah Maindonald, a spokesperson for NZAC, said it’s not uncommon for a single school counsellor to be responsible for seeing up to 1700 students.

Fewer young people learning to drive

Fewer people aged under 40 are learning to drive, new statistics show, and there are now fewer teens on the road than over-75s.

 

Popping pills to pass exams

“It doesn’t make you more intelligent, it just makes you more focused so it’s not an unfair advantage,” says one student.

 

  Concern at lack of qualified school counsellors – Stuff.co.nz

“The Youth Well Being Survey University of Auckland 2012 identifies 21 per cent of students under significant psychological distress in our schools and these students need qualified and trained school counsellors to support them.” Students were “less …

New VC role positions Massey for a stronger offering in Australia – Stuff.co.nz

Massey was growing its distance learning offering both nationally and internationally. “There’s a lot more interest in learning in the workplace and in the regions, and a lot more interest in technology enabled learning,” he said. The university also .

Friday 28 October

Whitireia ranks among top tertiary education providers in NZ

The TEC publishes information on the performance of tertiary education organisations (TEOs) based on agreed educational performance indicators. Their annual Educational Performance Indicator (EPI) reports are designed to help TEOs manage and …

House prices creating ‘a big hole’ in Auckland schools – Radio New Zealand

He said there were staffing pressures in Auckland and in rural areas including the West Coast and Nothland and in particular subjects such as science, technology, maths and Māori-medium education. Hamilton was the closest city to Auckland and at its …

New pathway to teaching – Scoop.co.nz

Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora College of Education, Health and Human Development’s intensive, one year professional preparation programme welcomed its first intake of students in 2015. … Member Graeme Barber says one of the strengths of the programme is …

$2.7m for more classrooms in Bay of Plenty and Coromandel schools

Around $2.7 million dollars will be invested to build a total of eight new classrooms at schools in the Bay of Plenty and Coromandel, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. The schools are: …

Teachers to work across 12 schools in Hamilton community of learning – Stuff.co.nz

Some schoolchildren will soon be sharing their teacher with a whole lot more youngsters as a Government initiative comes into effect. It’s not about bigger class sizes, but rather teachers — and principals — working across multiple schools. The …

Industry Training and Apprenticeships on the rise

More working New Zealanders are gaining skills and qualifications on the job, earning while they learn, says the Industry Training Federation. Our industry training and apprenticeship system is improving steadily, according to recently released Tertiary …

Early childhood sector braces itself for crippling costs

Exorbitant inspection quotes for those that serve food in early childhood services are coming through to early childhood education association, Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand (ECNZ).

 

 

 

Thursday 27 October

$1.8m to boost capacity in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay schools – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

“Earlier this year, along with Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye, I announced $4 million for eight new classrooms in Hawke’s Bay as part of Budget 2016. “Today’s investment comes on top of that, and is part of a second round of investments in …

Education and Social Enterprise top priorities

Next month, over 120 entrepreneurs will gather in Auckland to create unique solutions to some of the most challenging issues and opportunities facing society today – education and social enterprise. In just 54 hours, innovators from all backgrounds …

Students rejected from medical school then sit test

A University of Auckland student says she dedicated hundreds of hours of study and thousands of dollars in course fees in an effort to get into a medical programme, only to be told hours before a test she had been rejected.She said…

Educators call for better funding this World Educators Day

Teachers and support staff around New Zealand will be marching, rallying and gathering together on World Educators Day this Saturday (October 29) as part of a nationwide call for Better Funding, Better Learning for education.

It takes a teacher to empower students with skills of the future

In ninth grade, a science teacher named Grady Clay taught me that science is more than what’s in our textbooks. He encouraged me to get hands-on through a research project on aerodynamics. With his guidance, I built a wind tunnel, tested a hypothesis, …

Group calls for support for better diversity awareness in schools

Advocates for minority sexualities and genders are calling on schools and social services to create safer environments for teens of all identities.

Wednesday 26 October

No show from Education Minister at school union conference

Last year Parata used anti-apartheid protests in her speech to PPTA members to express her disgust at their ban on working with people involved with charter schools. “While I’m here and to you, I am disappointed that the PPTA in Northland opposed a …

Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Programme on-track

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed a Treasury report which has highlighted the strong performance of the Greater Christchurch Education Renewal Programme. The report confirms that not only is the rebuild on-schedule, but that all schools’ …

New vice president for New Zealand Education Institute

Sheterline said he was excited by the challenge and ready to tackle anything that comes his way. He has been involved with the teachers’ union since 1977. The idea of supporting children and teachers appealed to him when he was still training at …

Ministry of Education blamed for almost certain closure of childcare centre

The Ministry of Education is being blamed for the almost certain closure of a 29-year-old childcare centre. First Five staff were told in May they needed to vacate their current property on the old Kenepuru Hospital grounds in Porirua by the end of …

Ministry of Education is shelling out for more classes in Waikato

Raglan, Whatawhata, Forest Lake, Kaipaki and Matangi are the other Waikato schools that will also be expanded under the Minister of Education Hekia Parata’s announced on Tuesday morning. The funds are part of a $882.5million government package for …

10 new classrooms for three Auckland schools

Around $5 million is being invested to provide three Auckland schools with a total of 10 new classrooms, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. “Six of these new classrooms will add additional capacity to the Auckland school network, to help meet roll growth, and the others will replace existing classrooms,” says Ms Parata. “Belmont Primary School will receive three extra classrooms, Rongomai School will get two extra and three replacement classrooms, and Flat Bush School will get one extra and one replacement classroom.” …

Ministry of Education tackles Akld’s teacher woes

The Education Ministry’s associate deputy secretary Karl Le Quesne says no consideration yet of Auckland weighting or accommodation supplement for Auckland teachers.

First Regional Research Institute announced

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce has today announced that the New Zealand Research Institute of Viticulture and Oenology (NZRIVO) has been selected to become the first new Regional Research Institute. “The NZRIVO, which will be based in Marlborough, will undertake new research activity and collaborate with other domestic and international research institutions to support the growth and continuing success of New Zealand’s wine and viticulture industry,” says Mr Joyce. …

Tuesday 25 October

73 days wait for special education support | Scoop News

Children are having to wait 73 days for support from the Ministry of Education because it is not resourced to support special education, says Labour’s Acting …

NZers adopt limits to children’s screen time

It’s a modern-day parenting nightmare – how much screen time is too much?

Coherent strategy needed for Maori education – waateanews.com

Auditor General Lyn Provost wants all schools to implement the Ka Hikitia strategy to lift Maori educational achievement. Past Audit Office reports on Maori education have criticised the implementation of Ka Hikitia and reported only modest …

Traditional crafts translate to NCEA classes with success – Stuff.co.nz

“We do things with aroha”, Manawatu College teacher Glenn Mitchell explains. Each whakairo, or carving class, starts and closes with a karakia and hongis, and is embedded with tikanga, purakau (traditional stories), and te reo. This reporter is invited …

$4m for new classrooms in Waikato schools

Around $4 million will be invested to build a total of 11 new classrooms at six Waikato schools, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. The schools are: …

More schools on NZQA watchlist

The number of schools on the Qualifications Authority’s watchlist for problems with NCEA assessments has trebled in two years.

Schools to axe core subjects as shortage of specialist teachers reaches ‘crisis point’ – Stuff.co.nz

David Hodge, head of one of the largest state secondary schools in Auckland, Rangitoto College, said many schools would have to cut subjects, if the ministry did not address a shortage of teachers. His school could have to cut electronics – a core …

Digital devices for ALL students is now not only feasible, but easy too

… to ensure all students have access to the appropriate digital devices. Thus far, it seems these resources will not be provided by the state, which means school communities will have to somehow come up with a solution to ensure that no student …

 

Friday 21 October

Indian student visa fraud numbers snowball

Indian student visa fraud is snowballing despite Immigration New Zealand’s clampdown, and the Labour Party says fraudulent applications in the sector are now endemic.

Parents struggle to limit screen time – study

Mia, 11, wants to be a vet, but her love of an online game called “Animal Jam” will not get her there. She’ll need a good education.

Students not equipped to deal with stress and distractions

Kiwi parents say their kids are struggling to manage stress, personal problems and digital distractions, according to a new study.

$4.9M Loss as Minister Fails to Recover Charter Assets

“Had the Minister put the appropriate contract in place for these charter schools, the ‘baby’ of the Act Party, the assets would have been returned to the state immediately upon the school’s failure. “It appears New Zealand taxpayers have gifted the …

Kapiti schools struggling to cope with growth in student numbers – Stuff.co.nz

Schools in Paraparaumu and Waikanae, north of Wellington, have been building new classrooms to deal with what one principal says is unprecedented growth. However, a Ministry representative said an independent report concluded only the non …

Education Legislation Bill passes Third Reading

Education Minister Hekia Parata has welcomed the passing of a bill which will provide increased flexibility for parents, students, school boards and early childhood education providers. The Education Legislation Bill passed its Third and final reading …

Appointments to Education New Zealand board

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today announced three appointments to the board of Education New Zealand (ENZ). Charles Finny has been reappointed at Chair, while Karen Rolleston and Linda Sissons are newly appointed board members. …

Parata too slow to act over seclusion room – Delahunty

Green MP Catherine Delahunty says there’s no excuse for schools dealing with problem children by locking them in seclusion rooms.

Parents Report Card: Fears over the rising cost of education

Increasing numbers of parents are worried they do not have enough money for their child’s education.The fears were revealed in a survey of parents by Australian Scholarships Group (ASG), which also highlighted concerns about children…

What do parents think of the state of the education system?

Nine to Noon discusses a new survey of parents which finds many feel their children are not taught how to manage stress at school well. The results are part of a survey of 800 New Zealand parents, grandparents and guardians, by Monash University education researchers, who also surveyed two thousand Australian families. Lynn Freeman talks to Associate Professor Sivanes Phillipson.

Parents praise capability of Kiwi teachers

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green says teachers will welcome a new report finding that nine out of ten Kiwi parents believe their child’s teacher is “very capable”.