News highlights: Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 May

New education targets a disaster for children

“National Standards are already responsible for narrowing the focus of schools on reading, writing and mathematics, to the detriment of all the other rich opportunities to learn that are in the curriculum. “Children learn in lots of different ways, and …

Teachers awarded for bringing technology to classrooms in south Auckland

Two teachers from a south Auckland school have been recognised for their commitment to bringing technology to the classroom. Kathryn Gifford-Maposua and Susannah Fowler of The Gardens School in Manurewa won the NEXT Foundation Expert Teacher …

New challenge to bible teaching and ‘religious bias’ in state schools

A long-running battle over bible lessons in schools will be resurrected in court in an effort to make state schools “completely secular”. The Secular Education Network (SEN) filed a legal challenge against religious instruction in schools with the …

Collins: Educational results show benefits of big investment

Through our biggest investment in education of over $11 billion, we have supported our hard-working principals and teachers and backed the commitment to lifting achievement, so that these figures have improved significantly. Our better public service …

Māori Battalion’s legacy documented in a history

The histories project will also lead to the production of curriculum resources to be used in early childhood education centres, kohanga reo, kura and schools,” Ms Parata said. “Whanau participation will be crucial to the project’s success, as they hold …

Schools told not to charge for out-of-zone applications

The Ministry of Education is telling schools to stop asking for fees or donations for processing out-of-zone enrolment applications. Post Primary Teachers’ Association president Jack Boyle and president of the Principals’ Federation Whetu Cormack explain the situation.

‘We need help with students’ mental health’ – School principals

Secondary school principals say it’s frustrating that new research proves the benefits of good health services in schools, but too few schools are able to provide them. Yesterday on Nine to Noon we spoke with Auckland University associate professor Simon Denny, on his analysis of data from the Youth 2012 Survey of about 8500 teenagers.

South Canterbury schools involved in Communities of Learning double

Pleasant Point Primary School principal Mark Creba said his school officially joined the North Timaru COL in December last year. “It’s very exciting for our region,” Creba said. He was pleased with the increasing number of schools involved. “Schools …

New Minister of Education off to a fantastic start

Education Minister Nikki Kaye is off to a fantastic start, with the announcement of an extra $68.8m to support vulnerable children and their families, says Lorraine Kerr, President of New Zealand School Trustee Association (NZSTA).

Hipkins on hand for support staff campaign

Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins spent a couple of hours “back at school” on Monday morning.


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