Tuesday 30 May

Teachers believe they can do more with digital technologies

Teachers believe digital technologies can have benefits for children’s learning, enabling deeper learning experiences and helping children with additional learning needs. But the use of digital technologies for learning varies across classrooms, and some teachers want support to do more…

PPTA working to support all sexualities and genders

Schools are being encouraged to adopt gender-neutral uniforms to ensure all students feel welcome. The PPTA says such policies make schools safer and more supportive for children with diverse gender identities and sexualities. The union also says skirts and dresses means girls are less likely to participate in physical activity. The union’s rainbow task force convenor Shawn Cooper says it wants to be a resource for schools that could be navigating the idea for the first time…

Teachers’ union proposes gender-neutral school uniforms, toilets and changing rooms

Schools are being urged to offer “gender-neutral” uniform, toilet and changing room options under new guidelines from the secondary teachers’ union…

 

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Monday 29 May

Gender-specific uniforms a relic of the past, secondary teachers’ union says

Beckenham School in Christchurch is among schools where pupils are able to pick and choose what uniform they want, depending on their identifying gender…

South Auckland schools among New Zealand’s most overcrowded

A Ministry of Education report reveals 214 schools around the country are considered over capacity, while 488 are at risk of becoming overcrowded…

Principals call for more funding for support staff

An open letter to Government signed by more than 500 principals is calling for funding needed to pay support staff and teacher aides…

Teachers isolated, can’t access research: study

Kathryn Ryan talks with Dr Nina Hood, founder of The Education Hub, a new non-profit organisation set up to promote cooperation with the education sector. She says teachers are isolated and find it hard to keep up to date with the latest research in their field, partly because of the way academics write and present their research…

The Productivity Commission tries to think about the Education and Training Sector

The report observes that in the decade from 2001 to 2011, the ratio of non-academic and academic staff in the public tertiary educational system rose from about equal to six non-academics to five academics. In fact the number of academic staff has fallen slightly between 2005 and 2011 while non-academic numbers have risen. That probably means that the amount of teaching has fallen because the amount of research funding – and hence research time – has risen…

Thursday 25 May

Education budget a timid sprinkling of coins

“Secondary teachers who were hopeful for an education budget that looked to and planned for the future, for children and for teachers were disappointed today”, PPTA president Jack Boyle says…

$1.5b boost for schools and early education

Budget 2017 has delivered the largest injection of new money into education since the Government took office in 2008, with an additional $1.1 billion of new operating funding over the next four years, plus an additional $392.4 million of capital funding, Education Minister Nikki Kaye says…

$132.1m investment in tertiary education

Budget 2017 invests $132.1 million of new operating funding to develop the skills and knowledge needed for a stronger and more internationally connected New Zealand economy, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith says…

Government answers schools’ pleas with billion-dollar boost

Minister of Finance Steven Joyce delivers the Budget 2017 to journalists and economists at the Beehive…

$21m boost for Māori language and culture

Budget 2017 will provide an extra $21 million of operating funding for Māori language initiatives to support the continued revitalisation of te reo and Māori culture, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says. $5 million of new funding over the next three years will lift whānau participation in Kōhanga Reo. “We know that Kōhanga Reo sets tamariki and whānau on a lifelong pathway of learning te reo Māori so it’s vital we provide support to improve participation and access,” Mr Flavell says. …

$456.5m investment in school property

School capacity across New Zealand will increase significantly as a result of $392.4 million of capital funding and $64.1 million of operating funding over four years, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe say. “This will provide six new schools, two school expansions, the relocation of two special education schools, 11 new special education satellite units and around 305 new classrooms nationwide,” Ms Kaye says. …

Extra help for children with additional learning needs

Budget 2017 provides $63.3 million of operating funding over the next four years to support students with additional learning needs, including more teacher aide hours and a new programme for parents and teachers of young children with autism, Education Minister Nikki Kaye says. “This Government is committed to ensuring that every child gets the support they need to be successful in life,” Ms Kaye says. …

Orewa Community of Learning officially launches

Having been endorsed by the Ministry of Education last term, the Orewa Community of Learning (COL) – comprising Dairy Flat School, Orewa College, Orewa Primary School, Orewa North Primary School, Silverdale School and Wainui School – is ready to roll.

No real commitment to great universities

Vice-Chancellors say that while the government has invested heavily in some aspects of New Zealand’s future it is yet to show a commitment to creating the great universities that will be central to the country’s future.

Wednesday 24 May

Kapiti secondary schools brace for overcrowding

Kapiti College principal Tony Kane says the school is using the school gym and other spaces to hold classes…

Overcrowded schools highlight chronic underfunding

The revelation that hundreds of schools are overcrowded has again highlighted the need for a huge increase in education funding, and shown that the data-focused government is not even getting the basics right…

Students get chance to work with new game design engine

Budding game designers and educational institutions have some good news this week as YoYo Games celebrates the 5th anniversary of GameMaker Studio.

Tuesday 23 May

New trail brings maths to life

A new maths trail on the University of Waikato Hamilton campus aims to bring maths into our everyday lives…

Kaye visits under-threat Salisbury School

For now, it remains business as usual at Salisbury School, says Education Minister Nikki Kaye…

Billion dollar boost for education so every child can fly

Billion dollar boost for education so every child can fly…

Education roadshow on tour to collect families’ signatures

THE Better Funding, Better Learning Heartland tour visited Gisborne this week to raise awareness of under funding in the education sector and get up to 200 signatures a day on a petition to Parliament…

New e-resources equip NZ teachers to help stop bullying

This year’s theme is ‘NZ students with solutions – working together to end bullying’, which encourages student voices to speak up and discuss experiences and ideas…

Bali Haque: The dangerous territory of NCEA statistics and league tables

Bali Haque helps explain how NCEA is designed and why league tables aren’t a helpful tool any more…

Monday 22 May

Recharging robots with stories and teamwork in term 2

Poll-E the Droid has been drained of energy and the only way to recharge his batteries is to work together and find out where the story goes.

Collaborative Stories, the latest offering from Pollock Technologies, enables classrooms to work collaboratively and create a narrative that brings Poll-E back online through correct answers and teamwork….

Teaching tech Marcel’s cup of tea

Marcel’s skill, and enthusiasm for all things technological, will be shared next month with Year 10 pupils at Hamilton Boys’ High School. Marcel will teach technology faculty students how to write, publish and market a game in workshops being held in the classroom….

Maori college students improve school results

Maori students at Horowhenua College are bucking national trends, achieving some of the highest academic results in the college through its Rangatahi Ora programme….

Government to fund more teachers in core subjects

Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced more funding ahead of the Budget next week for teachers in priority subject areas…

Principals and experts support Labour’s call for nurses in all high schools

Having trained nurses in schools could help give students better access to mental health services, and mean they avoid developing mental illnesses…

It’s Bullying-Free NZ Week, help your students speak out

Today marks the beginning of Bullying Free NZ Week, which means schools have a great chance to work with their students to increase awareness and help put a stop to bullying…

New online resources for schools in Bullying-Free NZ Week

New online resources to support schools, parents and their communities to tackle bullying have just been launched at www.BullyingFree.NZ as schools around the country gear up for Bullying-Free NZ Week, 22-26 May….

Thursday 18 May

More Students To Be Taught By Well-Meaning Apprentices

Minister of Education Nikki Kaye’s announcement of $5 million over four years to fund more teachers in priority subjects through Teach First NZ highlights the lack of workforce planning from National over nine years…

Having teachers in classrooms will need a plan

The Government’s small injection of funding into Teach First NZ won’t address the workforce problems that are affecting New Zealand schools and students, the Green Party said today…

Campaign to protect public tertiary education

Staff, students and representatives of the local community will come together tomorrow at the Ara Institute of Canterbury to launch the TEU’s campaign to protect quality public tertiary education from a controversial law prioritising for-profit providers…

Charter schools: the case against

Instead of pouring money into charter schools that on average achieve only middling results, the government should be supporting educators who know what works, writes Lynda Stuart, the president of the teacher’s union NZEI Te Riu Roa…

Does NZ education policy align with recognised research?

Educator, researcher and parenting commentator Nathan Mikaere-Wallis of X Factor Education talks about the international research on what works in schools, and discusses how consistent New Zealand is with this research.