Wednesday 30 November


Impressive NZ science results headline encouraging international study

“I am encouraged by the latest TIMSS results and I want to congratulate students, parents, teachers and schools for their hard work. I want to also make special mention of the Year 5 science students, who were the stand-out achievers for taking their score from 497 to 506,” Ms Parata says. …

Minister of Education – (press release)

The report highlights that there is still more work to do to lift the achievement levels of Maori and Pasifika students which are still, on average, not as strong as their classmates. “Although the gap between our top performers … “In 2017 the cross …

Hato Petera College to stay open in 2017, despite concerns –

“In particular, the Consultation Report questions the ability of the College to provide an education that best meets the needs of students, and the opportunities for them to excel to the best of their abilities in the rapidly changing education …

Fears that ending seclusion will lead to school exclusions

Hekia Parata wants to make seclusion rooms illegal, and says there are ‘safe space’ alternatives that special needs children can freely use. She says for more violent cases, schools should call police who have a different jurisdiction on use of force.

‘Catastrophic’ drop in Indian student visas

A halving in the number of study visas for Indian students has the industry worried that some private tertiary schools could go out of business. But this Tertiary Education Minister, Steven Joyce, isn’t worried. he says Immigration officials aren’t being too tough.

Education system failing kids with high learning needs | Scoop News

The way our education system treats children with high learning needs requires an urgent overhaul, the Green Party said today. It’s been revealed that another …

Dunedin teacher had sexual relationship with Year 13 student

A Dunedin teacher has had her registration cancelled after she had a sexual relationship with a Year 13 student.Toni Finch was a teacher at Kings High School when she began the relationship with the student last year, a decision…

‘We’re failing our kids’ says bullying expert as New Zealand schools among worst in world, again

“We are failing our kids,” says Dr Jaimee Stuart, who has carried out research into bullying in New Zealand.Her comments come as the 2015 Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) shows the country is once again among the…

New Zealand pupils below average in maths results – TIMSS

New Zealand students are performing below the international average when it comes to maths, but slightly beating their counterparts in science.Data released tonight from the 2015 Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) show…

NZ’s culture of bullying

The Trends in International Maths and Science Study, has found that New Zealand students experienced bullying behaviours more frequently than students in many of the other 57 participating countries. Victoria University’s Dr Jaimee Stuart, has carried out extensive research into bullying in New Zealand.

Unitec’s rating downgraded by NZQA

The country’s largest institute of technology has dropped from a Level Two to a Level One over concerns about the way it moderates students’ assessments.

Award-winning autism book offers help for teachers

Calming sensory rooms or gardens are preferable for a distressed autistic child compared to seclusion rooms – the use of which reveal a lack of teacher education, says a contributor to an award-winning book on strategies for teachers of autistic children.

Te reo programme launched on Auckland’s North Shore wins national award

A Maori language in schools programme has scooped an award at the Maori Language Awards, rubbing names with Air New Zealand, Maori TV and RNZ.

Why we should be teaching philosophy in schools

OPINION: And to think we used to tell Irish jokes.

Concern about equity impacts of proposed reforms – (press release)

Productivity Commission’s proposals for Tertiary education will have negative impacts for less well-off students, women and people in rural areas. Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) has provided a submission to the Productivity Commission (the …



Tuesday 29 November

One step closer to making seclusion illegal

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today formally invited the Education and Science Select Committee to consider a change to the Education (Update) Amendment Bill to prohibit the use of seclusion in schools. “Following my announcement earlier this month that I intended to invite the Select Committee to consider legislation that would prohibit seclusion in schools and early childhood education services, I have now written to the Chair with the proposed Supplementary Order Paper for the committee to consider,” says Ms Parata. …

Dunedin school investigated over use of seclusion room

A Dunedin special needs school that locked children in a seclusion room is being investigated amid claims teaching staff there physically abused children as young as five. RNZ’s reporter Phil Pennington says One staff member has quit, another is suspended, and an employment investigation is underway at Sara Cohen School.

NCEA maths exam botch-ups at every level

NCEA maths exams have been hit with mistakes at every level, the Herald can reveal.The raft of blunders is already putting some students off taking the subject next year, while others are left worried about their performance and…

Kaikōura school reopens but 20% of students stay away

The first primary school in Kaikōura to re-open after the earthquake is missing a fifth of its roll after pupils left town in the quake’s aftermath.

Parents ‘nervous’ about sending kids to daycare after Auckland tragedies

After two tragedies at Auckland daycare centres within 10 days, parents are questioning their childrens’ safety.

New chair of ICT grad school Signal focused on good ideas executed well

International businessman David Band believes 95 per cent of success is in how an idea is executed. It’s a philosophy he’ll use to navigate his new role as the chair of South Island information and communication technology (ICT) graduate school Signal.

Monday 28 November

Finalists showcase strength of locally created resources

The New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards celebrate the quality and diversity of educational resources released in the past year by New Zealand companies to support classroom learning. The awards recognise the standout contributions made by …

Seven ways to boost your child’s literacy without spending a cent

“If we take a bit more time and invite children into an adult world by breaking down what we are doing into components a child can understand, literacy and numeracy is something they will just absorb. It’s much more effective than giving them the iPad …

Parents and students concerned after alternative education unit announces its shutting down

Students and parents are upset the Waipareira Trust’s Alternative Education Unit is being shut down for good but chief executive John Tamihere says the wider system is to blame. Youth services practice team leader Donovan Busby said the unit does not …

High needs children see a future in tech jobs –

Allenvale School’s lead information technology teacher Jenny Gosney says their students love the coding activities and understand the employment opportunities these skills can provide. “Learning code and experiencing a variety of technologies is giving …

Principals say hard work behind rising NCEA pass rates

NCEA pass rates are climbing and it appears teaching teens carpentry and getting adults to sit down and mentor them are driving that increase.

Education Providers Must up Game on Foreign Students

Compliance experts issue advisory paper for tertiary education leaders to help understand and respond to new regulation after terrible year for foreign students in NZ.


Friday 25 November

Innovation fund reopens for teachers

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the opening of the third round of bids for the $18 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF). The TLIF supports and resources teachers to collaboratively explore new ways and ideas to improve learning outcomes. “We know the quality of teaching has the single biggest in-school impact on learners and this fund is giving our excellent teachers the opportunity to investigate and then inspire best practice. This project is for the benefit of every child and young person in this country,” Ms Parata says. …


Students ‘freaking out’ over error in statistics exam, NZQA apologises

A botch-up in a Level 3 maths exam left thousands of students “stumped”, and many “freaking out”.The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) this morning admitted there was an error in a table in yesterday afternoon’s statistics…


Into the wild: No tests or homework as school goes bush – Auckland

Exploring shrubs and catching prey are just some of the things students will get up to at the country’s first “bush school”. The Deep Green Bush School, just outside of Clevedon in south Auckland, is set to open next year and is ditching the classroom …

New national student president elected

Jonathan Gee was elected the 2017 national president of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) at the association’s National Congress held at Victoria University of Wellington over the weekend.

Unpredictable labour market makes arts degree more relevant

OPINION: A recent report from Radio New Zealand of declining enrolments in arts degrees at a number of New Zealand universities is bad news, and not just for those universities where numbers are declining. In fact, primarily it’s bad news for individuals missing out on the chance of an education in the humanities and social sciences, and for the country. Here’s why.

Thursday 24 November

Education Ministry: Schools have scope to design their own climate change curriculum

The New Zealand Curriculum for English-medium schools and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa for Māori medium are world leading. These two documents, which make up the National Curriculum, take as their starting points a vision of our young people as lifelong …

Waipareira Drops Alternative Education

Te Whanau o Waipareira has dropped its Alternative Education Contract with the Ministry of Education and will transition youth on its books to other west Auckland providers. Waipareira Youth Services Practice Leader Donovan Busby said this decision to …

Single point of access for learning support

A single point of access will be piloted to schools and families who need to access learning support for their children, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced today. Ms Parata made the announcement at the Special Education Principals Association New Zealand conference in Wellington, as part of a progress update on the Learning Support (formerly Special Education) Update. …

Te reo posters a hit at school – New Zealand Herald

The colourful posters, designed and produced in Tauranga by commercial cleaning company CrestClean, have also gained the backing of the Te Akatea New Zealand Maori Principals Association as an important way to “validate” te reo. It wasn’t always easy …

Troubled Maori boarding school Hato Petera won’t close – New Zealand Herald

The school’s principal John Matthews told Maori Television’s Te Kaea programme last night that he believed the school was destined for closure. He believed the Ministry of Education had already made a decision on the college’s future, he said. Matthews …

Thousands more decile 10 than decile 1 students get special assessment conditions for exams

Pupils who need the most help sitting their exams are struggling to get aid, despite Government changes to tackle inequity.Students with learning difficulties from decile 10 schools are three times more likely to apply, and receive,…

Mixed reaction to changes for learning support

Today’s release of a Cabinet paper outlining changes to support for children with special education learning needs has some positive developments but also raises a number of concerns, says NZEI Te Riu Roa.

Wellington high school student Clara Bosshard wins iD Dunedin Fashion Scholarship

Clara Bosshard, 17, from Wellington High School was tonight awarded the iD Dunedin Fashion Scholarship at the 25th anniversary of the Otago Polytechnic Collections show held in Dunedin. The award – offered for the first time and only time this year …


Wednesday 23 November

Disability support in schools ‘too weak’ |

Advocacy group says government recommendations for disability support in schools…

Prisoners graduate from Howard League Literacy Programme – Māori Television

The literacy programme equips inmates with skills, qualifications and education to help them while in prison and on their release. The Department of Corrections says 65 percent of all inmates in New Zealand don’t have an NCEA qualification, and 30 …

Steer clear of private online schools, US experts warn

A bill to set up online schools in NZ is currently before the Education and Science Select Committee; but academics from the US are warning against the proposal.

‘NZQA has taught students nothing except to devalue their own sense of self worth’ –

My teenager really buckled down in those final few weeks to really give the NCEA Level 1 science exam a good go, and I wanted him to be rewarded for that by getting a good grade. It seems to me that NZQA has learnt a lot this year, already apologising …

Teaching teens about the political system & social activism

Teaching teenagers how to actively contribute to society and participate in political decision- making was the focus of a workshop for secondary school teachers at Massey University recently.


Tuesday 22 November

Recommendations For Dyslexia, Autism And Dyspraxia

The Education and Science Select Committee report, tabled in Parliament on Friday, outlined 46 recommendations to improve education experiences for students with dyslexia, autism and dyspraxia and highlighted three key issues revealed by submissions …

UC Māori research group wins excellence award

An innovative Māori research group at the University of Canterbury has won a national award for education research excellence. The New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) has presented the 2016 NZARE Group Award to UC’s Te Rū …

‘StudyTime’ Helps NCEA Students through the Earthquake – (press release)

In the aftermath of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake last Monday which left hundreds of secondary students in the middle of their NCEA isolated, confused and stranded, NCEA study website StudyTime was a crucial lifeboat for many. StudyTime – a free online …

Earthquake: NZQA sorry over communication delay following quake

NZQA has apologised for how long it took to let schools know some exams had been postponed after the 7.8 earthquake. Wellington principals said the New Zealand Qualifications Authority took too long to confirm whether exams were on or not following the …

Committee findings on learning support welcomed with caution

VIPs inc NZ advocacy group have welcomed with caution the recommendations announced by the Education and Science Committee, as a result of their enquiry into the support of children in primary and secondary school with dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum …

Opinion: Climate change education missing in New Zealand curriculum

Education is one of the most powerful tools that we have to tackle climate change, argued Irina Bovoka, Director-General of UNESCO, when she spoke at the United Nations (UN) climate talks in Marrakech last week…