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…

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