Tuesday 9 May

Charter schools won’t survive under Labour despite Willie Jackson’s support of one

Are Labour’s Maori MPs at odds with their leader over charter schools? Not according to the Labour Party leader Andrew Little. There’s no change on its policy over charter schools, even though Labour candidate Willie Jackson is a supporter of charter …

The more teachers expect, the bigger the gains

If we are to create an equitable education system that enables all students to flourish, we need teachers who have high expectations, writes Christine Rubie-Davies

Auckland Regional Finalists in PM’s Education Awards

Two Auckland schools and the Auckland Kindergarten Association are among the finalists at the 2017 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. The finalists are Manurewa Intermediate School (South Auckland), Waitakere College (West Auckland), …

Education bill puts politics ahead of children

Concerns of educators have been ignored, as the government pushes through education legislation that appears to be based on political objectives and cost saving, rather than what is best for children. The Education (update) Amendment Bill will be read …

Minister must review pressure to pass crisis

National’s approach to tertiary education is putting staff under immense pressure to pass students and must be the subject of a thorough sector-wide review before further changes are enshrined in law, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) said today. The …

Schools of thought about social inequality

The problem of “desirable” and “undesirable” schools will not be solved until inequality itself is significantly reduced. Educational reformers often look to Finland as an ideal model. As well as having an enviable education system, it also has the …

High scholarship pass rate for kura

A decile one kura kaupapa Maori school arguably has the best Scholarship achievement rate in the country.The results put the kura above an elite group of private and high-decile schools with big budgets and students from well-off families.

‘Let kids be kids’: Debate on law that will see 4-year-olds at school

A major change that will allow some 4-year-olds start school will help children form longer-term relationships, the Education Minister says.The change has been strongly criticised by some in the sector. Labour leader Andrew Little…

Starting school before 5 won’t benefit kids: teachers’ union

Changes to the Education Act allowing schools to enroll children before they turn five will make for smoother school administration but will not benefit children, according to the primary teachers union. The changes, which are expected to pass through parliament this week, would allow schools to choose whether to allow new entrants to start school from the beginning of term closest to their 5th birthday, instead of on their birthday. Kathryn talks to Lynda Stuart, NZEI President

Computer science leads to child’s te reo play

Computer science leads to child’s te reo play Giving up your job to follow your dream is never an easy path, but for Massey University alumni James Porter,Te Ātiawa/Ngāti Kahu/Ngāpuhi, the opportunity to help his children and thousands like them has proved …

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