Friday 23 December

Top schools receive millions in donations while others struggle

A New Zealand Council for Educational Research report in 2014 also showed a growing disparity between schools in rich and poor areas. The report showed that decile 10 schools had about $1100 more per pupil to spend each year than the decile one …

Pasifika Education Centre Board appointments

Annette Karepa is Director of Le Anuanua Consultancy Lts, which specialises in educational services and organisational strengthening, and has experience in governance and all levels of education. Everdina Fuli is Business Manager at Te Whare Kura, …

New charter schools face enrolment challenges – Radio New Zealand

Te Kopuku was offering an education steeped in Māori culture and language for teens who had not been through the Māori-medium kura kaupapa system. Ms Rau said most Māori children in Hamilton were in regular English-medium schools and there was …

Patrick Lynch: Hekia Parata a stand-out performer in education portfolio – New Zealand Herald

Education Minister Hekia Parata made it clear from the outset that Maori and Pacific students did not deserve to be destined to a life of under-achievement. Photo / Doug Sherring. Education Minister Hekia Parata’s announcement that she will leave …

New charter schools prepare for new year

In recent years many charter schools have opened with fewer students than they were aiming for. But as John Gerritsen reports this is not the case for Hamilton’s first partnership school.

 Kia ora te reo – Māori Language Week 2017

 Next year’s Māori Language Week will have the theme of ‘Kia ora te reo’. It will take place later in the year, in the week of September 11-17.



Thursday 22 December

Teacher shortage: Graduate gets job 6 hours after applying

Schools are so desperate for physics teachers that one new graduate applied for a job in the morning and was offered it at lunchtime.

First recipients of Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America announced

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith has today named the first students to receive a Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Latin America (PMSLA). Thirty seven top students from across New Zealand have been chosen for the first round of 2016/17 scholarships, with a total value of $250,000.

Iwi work with Victoria University to lift Māori academic success – Māori Television

Rawinia says that it’s all about enabling more Māori to gain the benefits of tertiary education while meeting the current and future needs of their iwi. “One of our goals for the university is to raise numbers. What we’re trying to do is increase the …

Autistic boy told police of frequent abuse at school

A police investigation has found the use of a seclusion room at Sara Cohen special needs school was appropriate, despite evidence of abuse given by an autistic student.

“Be gallant, be great, be gracious, be grateful” – Jake Bailey

Jake Bailey had just been diagnosed with cancer a year ago, when he gave an extraordinary valedictory speech as head boy of Christchurch Boys’ High School. The speech has been viewed more than 1.7 million times on You Tube, and Jake has just signed a book deal with Penguin Books NZ. Now in remission, he talks with Kathryn Ryan, about his year and what he’s learned.

iPads ignite uproar in schools –

School officials and many teachers say the iPads as innovative learning tools. Students, it seems, are thrilled to have them. But many parents in the affluent district question the benefit of the devices, and hundreds have signed a petition to limit …

Wednesday 21 December

Change ahead for NZSTA

For the first time in its 27 years the NZSTA Board has announced the appointment of a new CEO. Nick Inskip has considerable experience in governance and working with boards on developing and executing strategy, and implementing change. He also has …

Teacher deregistered after helping students cheat and smoking with them

A New Zealand teacher has been struck from the register after she helped students cheat by writing answers on a whiteboard and providing subtitles to videos.

Fewer complaints about Early Childhood Education centres in 2015

The Ministry of Education received 342 complaints about Early Childhood Education services in 2015, including 27 allegations of abuse or neglect. The ministry has released its summary of complaints into the sector, which outlines how many complaints …

Westlake Girls High School finds new principal – Auckland

Jane Stanley joins Westlake Girls High School on Auckland’s North Shore at the beginning of 2017’s second term which begins on May 1. Stanley comes from three years as the athlete life manager at High Performance Sport New Zealand and this marks her …

Entrepreurism champion wins teaching award

Geoff Whitcher is one of 18 people globally to have won the inaugural 2016 Rhodes Trust Inspirational Educator Award, which highlights inspirational teaching.

Tuesday 20 December

Only Māori immersion school in Ngāti Kahu region will close next week – Māori Television

Whānau from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Rangiawhia are devastated at the Minister of Education Hekia Parata’s decision to close the school this week. The long-awaited decision on the future of this school has been keenly anticipated, but unfortunately it’s …

Cambodian sisters aim to integrate Pasifika culture with teaching

Three Cambodian sisters who grew up in Papatoetoe are on their way to making a change in Pasifika education.

Josh Williams: Everybody needs to be able to point to something in the world and say ‘I did that’.

OPINION: “I did that.” Bear with me, please – this starts with a story about my own child. As anyone on Facebook knows, parents – especially new parents – can have an inflated sense of other people’s interest in this kind of thing.

Auckland special needs teacher deregistered after abusing boy

An Auckland special school teacher who squirted soap in a boy’s mouth and repeatedly hit him on the back of his head has had her registration cancelled.

Minister thanks all involved in kids’ education

Education Minister Hekia Parata has thanked parents, teachers, principals, boards and support staff for their hard work, passion and commitment to ensuring that our students get a world-class education. .

Monday 19 December

Call for clarity after $700k school trip to Hawaii | Radio New Zealand … – Radio New Zealand

The rules around using public money to fund students’ overseas travel need to be clarified, says the principal of the Rotorua school that went on a $700000 trip …

ACT Leader defends school’s $700k Hawaii trip

David Seymour has defended a small Rotorua school for spending seven hundred thousand dollars on a trip to Hawaii, saying the students’ results are twice as good as the national average for Maori students and it was a worthwhile cultural experience.

Auckland early childhood centres struggle to hire teachers

Auckland’s teacher shortage has spread to the city’s early childhood sector. Centre owners say they’re struggling too find good staff. John Gerritsen, filed this report.

On the review of Te Whāriki – Lynley Tulloch

Currently New Zealand’s internationally acclaimed Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum Te Whāriki He Whāriki Mātauranga mo ngā Mokopuna o Aotearoa is in the process of being updated. And it is not a just trivial tinkering of this world-class …

More people in industry training –

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has welcomed news that more people are succeeding in industry training programmes. The new report New Zealand’s Workplace-Based Learners, released today by the Ministry of Education, …

The university debate – a place for passion or a ticket to a job? | Stuff …

Sophie Curtis graduated with a degree in criminology and philosophy in 2013 and now works as a library assistant for a government department. After three …

Fund talented kids too, urges gifted education champion

New Zealand is at risk of wasting its youthful creative and innovative talent due to a lack of government funding for educational support for gifted students, says a Massey University specialist in gifted education.

Friday 16 December

Students Co-Create NZ History Educational Video Game – (press release)

Students at Hobsonville Point Primary School have created a video game, Hobsonville Point Time Machine, to teach fellow students about New Zealand history. In the game’s time machine students can experience a slice of New Zealand in pre-European, …

Fund talent development, urges gifted education champion

New Zealand is at risk of wasting creative and innovative talent due to a lack of government funding for educational support for gifted students, says a Massey University specialist in gifted education. Associate Professor Tracy Riley, from the …

Appointments to the Education Council

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced two new appointments and four reappointments to the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. Established in July 2015, the Education Council is the professional organisation for teachers.

Principals say they’re in crisis over teacher shortage

The principal of Pakuranga College Michael Williams and his counterpart at Manurewa East School Phil Palfry detail the challenges in recruiting enough teaching staff for next year.

Fears for children as early childhood education providers fail to meet standards

Fifty-four early childhood education centres across the country are being closely watched by the Ministry of Education for failing to meet regulations – and experts say many others could be flying under the radar.


Thursday 15 December

Innovation in STEM enabled through Partnership Schools

STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focused students and educators will soon have greater access to the options offered by Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua, Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education David Seymour announced …

Give classrooms back to teachers

No one is really talking about the state of the education system as a whole and I don’t mean national standards, as that is nothing but a red herring. I want to talk about is the way technology companies and furniture/design companies have hoodwinked …

National Standards in schools: New survey finds out what educators really think

National Standards were introduced into the New Zealand education system seven years ago. Now a new survey from the NZ Council for Education Research is taking a look at what our principals and teachers really think about them. The NZCER surveyed …

Comprehensive Sex Education – A Failure

The Internationally renowned Cochrane review of school-based interventions on sex education was released last week. The review combined peer reviewed data from 55,000 young people from around the world including Europe, Latin America and …

Parents’ complaints about religious education at North Otago school prompts review

Religious instruction in a North Otago primary school will be reviewed in the new year after parents complained.The review at Oamaru’s Fenwick Primary School will address “continuing community concerns surrounding religious instruction,…

Warwick Elley: Survey results prove damning for NCEA

Warwick Elley is an emeritus professor of education with experience in leading international surveys of school achievement. At a time of political upheavals, earthquakes and boxing matches, the release of the OECD’s latest Pisa…

Charter school model set to expand to include science, technology, engineering and maths

The controversial charter school model will be expanded to take students who are keen on science, technology, engineering and maths.Currently groups wanting to set up a charter or “partnership” school have to focus on students deemed…

Maori & Pasifika NCEA achievement

The government has set a target to lift NCEA pass rates across the board. By next year, it aims to have 85% of all students with NCEA level 2, and 50% to have gained University Entrance. It is close to achieving both those targets, but how are Pasifika and Maori students faring within that? Dr Aaron Wilson is a senior lecturer in the School of Curriculum and Pedagogy at Auckland University.

Online schools a positive step, MPs told

Small Vanuatu businesses are poised for greater access to the tourism market with the opportunity to sell their products on board visiting P&O cruise ships.

Maori students demand more support from tertiary institutions

Co-president of Victoria University’s Maori Student Association, Ngai Tauira, Geneveine Wilson says students should “always be given the space to talk about things”. “It’s easy to open to Maori boards, but sometimes those discussions need to happen at …