Thursday 27 April

Alastair Scott: NCEA success worth it

The final NCEA results for 2016 show just how well our students are achieving and how many more young people are able to tap into the opportunities that a good education offers. When the National-led Government was elected, Maori and Pasifika students …

Low-decile schools still lag in Communities of Learning

Low-decile schools are still lagging behind richer schools in joining a new scheme that funds extra teachers.An update by the Ministry of Education shows that only 55.2 per cent of students in decile 1 schools, serving the poorest…

New Zealand Kindergartens welcomes new education minister

New Zealand Kindergartens Te Pūtahi Kura Puhou o Aotearoa (NZK) welcomes Minister Kaye to the education portfolio.

Changing Spaces 2017 – an event for the education sector

Recognising the diversity students bring to the classroom and creating an environment where all students can excel are essential for educators in 2017.

 

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Wednesday 26 April

A chance to win by bringing coding into the classroom

Intimidated by the prospect of bringing code into the classroom? How does the chance to win a share of $10,000 sound? Cyclone has challenged New Zealand educators with the task of learning Swift, an impressive open coding language used to build Apple …

Robot builder brings bots and games into the classroom

Could a robot that makes tea be the inspiration Hamilton Boys’ High School students need to make the leap towards digital fluency? An upcoming visit from a clever coder who makes robots in his spare team could answer that question. Marcel van de Steeg …

Maori miss out on Internet promise

Maori miss out on Internet promise. A new study of digital inclusion has found Maori and Pasifika people, along with those on low incomes, sole parents, rural dweller and people with disabilities are least likely to be connected to the internet …

Family of girl banned from Māori language education granted leave for appeal

The family of a 7-year-old girl banned from Māori language education by the Family Court earlier this year is a step closer to having the case overturned. The High Court today granted leave for an appeal to be heard in May. Dr Pita Sharples, one of the …

Nikki Kaye relying on youth in new Education Minister role

Incoming Education Minister Nikki Kaye hopes to rely on her youth and lack of ‘baggage’ to tackle education’s big issues, such as dealing with the unions.

Kaye expects ‘healthy debate’ over Te Reo in schools

Any extension of teaching Te Reo in schools would depend on whether resources are available for it, the incoming Education Minister says.

 

 

Monday 24 April

Lack of Democracy Undermines Education Council

‘A huge rise in teacher registration fees is mooted and principals feel ownership of their own Education Council’s decisions is being undermined through having no democratically elected members,’ says Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand …

How one approach to learning Māori conquers the shame factor

I only started studying te reo at Te Ataarangi this year, but I knew straight away that there was something different about it – and not just the fact that we use cuisenaire rods instead of pen and paper, writes Nadine Millar. … best known among them …

Rodney Hide: Education win not worth cheering

The NCEA system is touted as flexible. That flexibility damns it as a system of comparison. Photo / Greg Bowker. Education Minister Hekia Parata is patting her own back for improving NCEA statistics and especially for closing the gaps for Maori and …

When’s the best time to teach each subject in school?

Schools could see their maths scores rise if they timetable lessons in the morning, research suggests.But students do better in history if they have classes in the subject after lunch.Researchers found children are better at repetitive…

Shift to online classes ‘discriminates’ against rural children, mother claims

Families living in the middle of nowhere – far from the reach of the World Wide Web – are worried about the future of home schooling in isolated areas as the Correspondence School shifts to online learning. However, the school says internet learning …

NZEI welcomes new Education Minister

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart congratulates Nikki Kaye on her promotion to Minister of Education.

 

Friday 21 April

Trades course champions gender equality in construction

Māori and Pasifika women are smashing into the male-dominated construction industry with the launch of a new trades course run by Destination Trades. An opportunity has arisen for a group of 20 Māori and Pasifika women, it is the first of its kind …

Student roll expected to double after largest ever public school rebuild

An Auckland School is bracing as it prepares to nearly double its roll following the completion of a $79 million rebuild. Western Springs College is currently undergoing New Zealand’s largest ever public school rebuild which is expected to be completed …

 

 

Thursday 20 April

Māori medium Educators and Iwi gather in Wellington

Educators and iwi gathered at a Hui in Wellington for discussions on Te Rāngai Kāhui Ako ā-Iwi, a framework provided to iwi to ensure the future sustainability of Maori-medium education and build on the recent successes of Māori educational achievement.

Minister says ‘tensions’ in tertiary education need careful … – Stuff

Changes to tertiary education to prepare people for having multiple jobs through their lives could be on the way.

Hekia Parata reflects on role as Education Minister

Departing Education Minister Hekia Parata looks back on her time in charge of the portfolio.

Special Funds for Special Education Needed Now

‘Principals are calling for additional resources to deal with the growing number of students presenting with high behavioural and learning needs,’ says Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF).

Kiwi students report second-highest rate of bullying in international study

The finding is included in the third volume of data to be published from the OECD’s latest three-yearly survey as part of the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) carried out in 2015. Survey answers from New Zealand showed just over a …

 Potential barriers to innovation in tertiary education revealed

A new report from the Productivity Commission has identified potential barriers to innovation within New Zealand’s tertiary education system. The New Models of Tertiary Education report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary …

Wednesday 19 April

Another Slap in the Face for Teachers From Parata

“Ironically, this is the Minister who said Charter Schools didn’t need to have trained and qualified teachers because anyone could teach,” says Mrs Martin. “She also decided that the early childhood education and care sector didn’t need to employ 100 …

Students achieving NCEA level 3 but not university entrance

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith said: “I don’t want to rule specific recommendations in or out until the Government has had time to properly consider them. “Not all students are on an academic pathway and not all …

Reo Pēpi releases second bilingual book series aimed at under fives

Brown says kōhanga reo, early childhood centres and parents have given them nothing but positive feedback about their bilingual books. “The feedback has been amazing. They’ve loved the quality of them. They’re really durable board books so they’re …

 

 

Tuesday 18 April

More nature play! Say the play experts, children

The experts in play – Playcentre children and adults – have plenty of experience of what makes a great outdoor play space. Chris Montgomerie … This sits very well with the Playcentre philosophy that recognises children learn through play and the best …

Whanau holding back Maori and Pacific students – training provider

Literacy Auckland North said it was battling a complex issue – students’ family lives were stopping them from turning up to class. The not-for-profit organisation teaches literacy, numeracy and other life skills to adults to improve their employment …

Wellington principal questions merits of possible decile school funding replacement

New Zealand Educational Institute president Lynda Stuart said it was pivotal that any incoming system protected privacy and did not “stigmatise” students or schools. “We need to ensure that, where there are inequitable life opportunities for children …

The Productivity Commission has uncovered some little-known facts about our education system for post-secondary …

During our recent inquiry into new models of tertiary education, the Productivity Commission learned a lot about New Zealand’s tertiary education system. Here’s ten things you might not know about tertiary education in New Zealand. Data sources and …

Maori students could suffer from teacher bias: Treasury … – NZ Herald

Maori and Pasifika children are unfairly judged by teachers who hold lower expectations of them, a report prepared for Treasury has found. – New Zealand …

Early NCEA data for 2016 shows student gains across the board

“This means that a significant proportion of Maori and Pasifika do not have the opportunity to take on university education, with the significant benefits that it brings to them and their families, and to New Zealand as a whole,” UNZ director Chris …

Top principals say they’re making a difference

Top performing principals who are being paid extra to turn around struggling schools say they’re already making a difference, as our education correspondent John Gerritsen reports.

Potential school funding method would label children, principal says

Havelock School had a decile 5 rating. Marlborough’s lowest decile schools were Mayfield School, decile 2, and Blenheim School and Picton School, both decile 4. Buutveld said he still had a lot of questions about the system, such as whether all the …