Tuesday 31 January

Labour and Greens put stake in the sand on education

“While funding is crucial, teachers also call on all parties to listen to the profession’s concerns about other policies brought in over the past nine years, like national standards, charter schools, and the move towards privatisation. “New Zealand can …

Positively educational

A Ministry of Education initiative aimed at fostering positive behaviour in schools is gaining more than a few pass marks, writes Shane Gilchrist. Last year, the New Zealand Council for Education Research (NZCER) published its latest national secondary …

Teacher shortages inevitable with rising house prices – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

Most teachers are returning to the classroom this week following the summer break. “National’s housing crisis is impacting many New Zealanders, including those who play a vital role in keeping our communities running, like teachers,” said Green Party …

Literacy priority for urban Maori fund – Waatea News

One of the new directors of Te Putea Whakatupu Trust says promoting numeracy and literacy among young Maori will be his priority.

Primary school encourages students to wear slippers in class to improve grades

A primary school in the UK is encouraging pupils to turn up to school in slippers after the headteacher became convinced that comfier footwear would lead to an improvement in pupils’ grades. Findern Primary School, a small rural…

Farming option for classroom approved – Stuff.co.nz

The programmes have been written by the Core Education professional learning and development organisation and are managed on RMPP’s behalf by NZ Young Farmers. The primary school resource, for years seven and eight, is designed to fit into the …

Schools ‘more reliant’ on donations

A change in the way funding is allocated is likely to lead to make schools more dependant on donations and fees, education leaders say.

 

 

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Monday 30 January

Angela Roberts looks back on ups, downs and almosts of four years at helm of PPTA

“The system is actually pretty flexible” and if the millions of dollars being pumped into charter schools had been spent on alternative education the entire education sector would have been better off, she says. After 16 years on the PPTA executive …

Home schooling has doubled in cost, some South Canterbury home …

Home educator Dawn Dalloway, with her son Benjamin, 17, says the cost of home schooling has doubled, but ministry funding had not changed the entire time …

New Zealand children could start school at age four under cohort entry proposal

Parents would decide whether their children enter formal education at age four or five, and the Ministry of Education believed the scheme would offer greater flexibility to schools, limit early childhood education costs for families and give new …

Education = debt for life under National

Latest statistics show that student loan debt continues to balloon while participation in tertiary education falls under the current National government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Participation in tertiary education peaked in …

School year begins for over 765,000 Kiwi kids

Education Minister Hekia Parata wishes children and young people well as they prepare to head to school from Monday. “A new school year presents new possibilities and challenges. I hope kids are feeling excited about expanding their knowledge, learning new skills, making new friends and trying out a new sport or club,” says Ms Parata. …

Dennis Ngawhare: When adults pursue learning, it demonstrates the value of education to children – Taranaki Daily News

In the origin myths of Te Ao Māori (the Māori world) the birth of the universe began in Te Kore (the Void). Part of the traditional lore describes this awakening as, “Pupuke te hihiri, pupuke te mahara, pupuke te wānanga: the surge of energy, the …

Crowded schools will use hallways, staff rooms as classrooms

Some schools up and down the country are struggling against a lack of classroom space as the academic year begins.

Technology: What’s it really doing to our kids?

Children using smartphones and tablets from an early age can have both troubling and positive consequences, a leading academic says.A Sanitarium survey last week found 78 per cent of parents of children aged five to seven said…

Back to school road safety advice for parents – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

“Parents should sit down with their kids before they go back to school and emphasize the importance of following the basic road safety rules, especially if their child is planning to walk or bike to school on their own” says Inspector Tania Baron …

The real cost of schools competing for students – Stuff.co.nz

On the surface, this competition is focused on things like sports, however at a deeper and much more significant level, the competition between schools is actually for students, and far more sinisterly, for the “right students”. Because of this fact …

Victoria University to open state-of-the-art film facility in Miramar

Keen filmmakers hoping to be the next Peter Jackson will soon be studying in the heart of the film hub he created.

 

Friday 27 January

7$270k to inspire young women into tech sector careers

An investment of over $270,000 in the technology mentoring programme Shadow Tech Days will help it inspire more young women into technology related careers, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “This programme, run by NZ Tech, connects participants with women working in the tech sector, as well as women studying technology at a tertiary level,” says Ms Kaye. “By spending a day in the workforce, participants get to experience first-hand what it’s like to work in a technology role. …

Govt cut worsened Auckland teacher shortage, says Labour

New figures show the current shortage of teachers in Auckland comes as the Government spends less promoting teaching as a career – about a million dollars a year less for the past four years. Labour says the Government knew this shortage was looming.

Principals say holiday move a good idea – in theory

Should the school holidays be moved to sunnier months? Principals Sandra McCallum and David Hodge think it’s easier said than done.

Dodgy teachers: 50 censured or struck off in 2016

Dozens of teachers were disciplined or struck off last year for sexual, inappropriate or aggressive behaviour towards students.Fifty teachers were censured and 19 had their registrations cancelled in 2016, in the year to October…

Teacher shortage ‘at crisis point’ days before school starts

The number of empty teaching places in secondary schools is the highest in almost 10 years.Schools across the country are still struggling to fill vacant positions, just days from the start of the new school year.Hundreds of vacancies…

Minister dammed for her lack of care and understanding

Pat Newman, President of Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association is scathing in his response to Minister Parata’s casual, uncaring and to be honest appalling response to the independent review on Principal Stress in her schools.

University centre to open in the heart of creative industry

A new state-of-the-art facility in the heart of Miramar’s film sector will be established through a collaboration between Victoria University of Wellington and Miramar Creative Ltd, directed by Weta companies Co-founder Jamie Selkirk.

Peggy Burrows case shows the dark side of school leadership

OPINION: Do not underrate the complexity of school leadership. It seems to me that there is a prevailing myth that teachers and principals work from 9am to 3pm, enjoy generous holidays and that all problems are resolved by sitting around the camp fire holding hands while singing Kumbaya. Not so.

Fewer Kiwis entering tertiary education

Tertiary Update Vol 20 No 2 The number of domestic students enrolled in tertiary education is declining at the same time as loans get bigger and graduates take longer to pay back the money they owe, according to the latest Student Loan Scheme Annual Report. Enrolments in tertiary education have…

Thursday 26 January

New Zealand children could start school at age four under cohort entry proposal – Stuff.co.nz

Portobelo Preschools principal leader Dr Sandy Radford was concerned starting school before age five would hinder children’s cognitive and social development and change the culture of new entrant classrooms. “Instead of having a culture already …

Scientists raise $13k for women to study – Radio New Zealand

Māori astronomer and researcher at Victoria University, Pauline Harris, said the education system needs to have more culturally relatable content at all levels. She said that way students would identify with the lessons more and see the sciences as a …

Teachers blame government for added stress

A new survey, commissioned by the Educational Institute, has revealed that principals are stressed, burned out and struggling to cope. The Ministry of Education disagrees, saying the problems identified by the survey have already being fixed.

Teacher pleads for second chance after NCEA fraud

A teacher has admitted falsifying NCEA documents because he was “panicked” and overwhelmed by work.The teacher, who has interim name suppression, signed another teacher’s name on student work, in order to pretend his marking had…

Principal stress: Overworked principals are burnt-out and ‘just surviving’

The vast majority of primary school principals are working large amounts of overtime, struggling with limited resources and huge demands, with some “just surviving”. Levels of stress and burn-out among school leaders are higher…

Time for a teacher training shake up ?

Long time educationalist Ann Milne says there needs to be a radical shake up of New Zealand teaching training to better cater to the needs of marginalised students, and to ensure that Maori and Pasifika children get a fair go in mainstream education. She is the former principal of Kia Aroha College in Otara and now runs consultancy, Ann Milne Education

The mounting cost of getting kids back to school

A Palmerston North charity says it is distributing hundreds of second hand uniforms, as families struggle with the cost, as well as school fees, sports kit and school camp costs. Palmy Revolution was founded in 2014 by Jenny Hall and Siobhan de Lacy-Hollows, who set out to help families in need by reallocating donated goods. Jenny Hall says families can be faced with costs of more than a thousand dollars per child, and many simply cannot afford it.

Maori resourcing a priority for new NZEI head – waateanews.com

The new president of the primary teachers’ union NZEI Te Riu Roa wants political parties to work alongside educators and agree to a 20-year vision for education based on professional knowledge and good evidence. “It would mean whichever political party …

Lack of funding makes home schooling “unrealistic” for some families, home educators say

Home education is “unrealistic” for some families because funding has not changed in more than a decade, according to some home educators.

Dunne Launches Campaign to Change Summer Holidays – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

It’s been a wet and windy summer break this year but UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne has come up with a plan to fix that.

Tuesday 24 January

Angela Roberts looks back on ups, downs and almosts of four years at helm of PPTA

“The system is actually pretty flexible” and if the millions of dollars being pumped into charter schools had been spent on alternative education the entire education sector would have been better off, she says. After 16 years on the PPTA executive …

End of fifth birthday school starts could hit preschools in pocket

New Zealand Council for Educational Research chief researcher Cathy Wylie agreed there was no research showing that either individual or group entry was better. “In New Zealand we’ve had individual entry for so long and I believe that there are some …

Otahuhu College writes its own NCEA history – Stuff.co.nz

… students in Auckland. “Improvements in the achievement of the students has been driven by excellent classroom teaching, personalised learning and a commitment to making sure students had the very best preparation possible for the exams,” Watson said.

Student loans are getting bigger and harder to pay off, new figures show

There are those who want to begin their career quickly, but they’re are not always able to do so within New Zealand.” Labour education spokesman Chris Hipkins said there was a variety of factors that lead to higher student loans and longer repayment times.

Alan Duff: Education best way to get young Maori away from gangs – New Zealand Herald

Keep hammering education. Already tertiary numbers for Maori have risen several hundred per cent the past 20 years. A few more Maori columnists to push the message out there would be good. The new “gangs” will have moral values and hunt as aspiring …

Maria Johnson: Early education needs funding boost from Government

• Maria Johnson, a qualified teacher in primary and early childhood education, is founder and owner of the Little School group of pre-schools in Auckland and Wellington. She is an executive member of the Early Childhood Council…

University of Canterbury reveals new campus design

The University of Canterbury has revealed its new post-earthquake design.The “exciting” new development plan highlights a modern campus that inter-connects, embraces New Zealand’s cultural identity, and aims to be a “little city…

 

 

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 January

Maori resourcing a priority for new NZEI head – waateanews.com

Maori resourcing a priority for new NZEI head. The new president of the primary teachers’ union NZEI Te Riu Roa wants political parties to work alongside educators and agree to a 20-year vision for education based on professional knowledge and good …

Manukura students excel with 100% pass rate in NCEA – Māori Television

Principal Durie says, “In the context of Māori education there’s a clear theme there that Māori are delivering the best outcome for Māori students. It doesn’t guarantee that all Māori kura are doing a good job, but what we know is that the best …

ECE technology expertise shared with support of NZTC – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

The internationally recognised leader in distance learning and online education will share his expertise on digital technology and its impact on the family at a symposium hosted by early childhood teacher education provider New Zealand Tertiary College …

The challenges of NCEA

In regards to teacher and student workloads, Mr Le Quesne noted that the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) published a survey last year that showed support for NCEA was stable, perceptions about its credibility in the wider …

School costs: $40,000 for ‘free’ state education

Parents of a child born this year can expect to pay almost $40,000 for their education, after big rise in costs over the last 10 years.It’s prompted critics to claim there’s “no such thing as a free education”.The price of a child’s…

College students are not progressing in English and maths, DfE data reveals

At the same conference, the Education Funding Agency’s director of young people Peter Mucklow announced transitional measures to give colleges some funding leeway over GCSE English and maths resits were to be extended to 2017-18. Average … AoC chief …

National denies kids their free school education – Scoop.co.nz (press release)

“National’s freeze on school funding has only made this worse. Government funding simply hasn’t been keeping up with the cost of educating kids. “If they don’t get the money from government, schools have to look elsewhere and parents are the ones most …

Cost of putting a child through school to year 13 has risen to more than $38000 – Stuff.co.nz

Schools encourage families to let them know if they need help.” Education Minister Hekia Parata acknowledged it was an expensive time for families preparing for another school year. She advised parents worrying about the costs of uniforms, stationery …

 

Wednesday 18 January

New solution makes it easier to adopt digital education – Educators NZ

However, problems can arise when it comes to setting them up for classroom use and managing their multiple logins – the more apps you use, the bigger the problem gets. It is for this reason The Network for Learning Ltd (N4L) tailored an innovative …

Schools desperately recruiting overseas to find qualified teachers – New Zealand Herald

Long Bay College principal Russell Brooke is recruiting overseas to find teachers. Photo / Chris Loufte. With less than two weeks to go before school starts back, a number of Auckland schools are again finding it difficult to fill their teaching roster.

Te Kura offers online help to students needing more NCEA credits – NetGuide NZ

Credits for school work submitted for assessment by the 7th of February can be counted towards students’ 2016 Record of Achievement. Their enrolments are taken over the phone so students can get started on their school work as soon as possible. Te Kura …