Highlights from Tuesday 4 – Friday 7 April

Primary students’ results improve with Fibre broadband

Access to fibre broadband is increasing the success rate of primary school students in reading, writing and mathematics.|
A new study has found that around 4,600 more students each year will reach National Standards simply because of the schools’ access …

Teachers struggle with modern learning environments 

A paper from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research says teachers struggle to let students learn through failure in MLEs, while Melbourne Education Research Institute director John Hattie wrote that, without investment in teachers, open …

Banquer economies booming in kiwi classrooms

Banqer is an interactive, virtual classroom economy designed to help schoolchildren in years four to eight put into practice life lessons around saving, investing and insurance.|
It is currently used by a total of 30,270 students in 449 schools …

We need a learner-focused, more flexible tertiary education system

Central Southland College agricultural teacher Lynley Woodd and students Dylan Black and Dylan Forde, both 15, discuss the Primary ITO Trade Academy …

Calls for Kapa Haka to become University Entrance subject

Ngā Puna o Waiōrea Principal Chris Selwyn is calling for Māori Performing Arts (MPA) to be recognised at the same level as University Entrance (UE) subjects. He says mainstream UE subjects include drama, music and dance, which are encompassed in …

9-3pm schooling not only option: Hekia Parata

When Education Minister Hekia Parata’s daughter started at Wellington High School in Year 12 she was pleasantly surprised to learn enrolment came with extra sleep in the morning.”She discovered, as a bonus, that she didn’t have…

All teachers should study at post-graduate level, Education Council suggests

People wanting to become teachers would need to get a post-graduate qualification, under a change floated by the Education Council in a bid to raise the status of teaching.The change would cover all teachers – early childhood, primary…

Linda Bendikson: Schools need courage to abolish a practice that doesn’t work

A continuing downward trend in New Zealand PISA results was highlighted in the Herald recently. Education researcher John Hattie suggested streaming was a key reason. The negative effects of streaming have long been known from research and are well …

Maori language apps for children seek to full resource gap

The start of this week saw the launch of Pāpapa , a new line of Māori language apps for children 5 years of age and under focusing on vocabulary acquisition. James Porter (Te Atiawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kahu), one of the developers behind Pāpapa, …



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