Monday 31 July

Over $1 million granted for research about children

Over $1 million has been granted to a mix of academic, public and private researchers from the Superu Children and Families Research Fund…

Student survey delayed by lack of responses

Results from a $500,000 online survey that shows what students think of their courses are running late…

UnitedFuture proposes ‘bold plan’ for tertiary education

UnitedFuture proposes a bold new approach to tertiary education policy, which would see New Zealand finally offer free education at every level of study…

Improved funding for children at risk of not achieving

Education Minister Nikki Kaye today confirmed the Government will replace the decile system for schools with targeted funding to better support those students most at risk of not achieving.

Changing the paradigm of design in the early childhood sector

It’s a passion for design, the environment and quality education that drives the minds behind New Shoots Children’s Centres.

NZEI launches ‘Vote For Me, Vote for Education‘ Campaign

Children have more at stake than most in this year’s general election. They can’t vote, so NZEI Te Riu Roa is asking New Zealanders to vote for children by voting for education when we choose which party to support in September.

School decile system to be scrapped by govt

The government will replace the decile system for schools with targeted funding to better support disadvantaged children, says Education Minister Nikki Kaye.

Education should be a Key Issue this election

With education it is important to keep in mind that every year a cohort graduates and if, as a nation of parents, politicians and teachers, we have not done our very best by them then we have failed in our privileged duty. We are a wealthy and small country with a self-proclaimed (and often genuinely earned) reputation for innovation and excellence. We have also had nine years of the “rock-star” economy…

Community of Learning ready to roll in Mahurangi

Darrel Goosen, Julie Turner, Cynthia Holden, Helen Pearson, Ingrid Norman, Kathryn Ramel, David McLeod and Gary O’Brien have worked together for 18 months to establish the new Mahurangi Kahui Ako.





Friday 28 July

Most Taranaki high schools have had te reo Maori as a compulsory subject for years

Most Taranaki secondary schools offer both compulsory and optional te reo Maori classes

James Cook High using technology to enhance student learning and engagement

An Auckland high school got a bad rap from a recent educational review, but it’s already starting to make make innovative changes.

James Cook High is trailing an e-learning platform called iQualify – and it’s believed to be the first school in South Auckland to do so.


Thursday 27 July

Change brewing for tertiary sector

The Government has revealed its initial response to a tertiary education report that recommended a major shake-up to the system, but won’t be adopting some of the more radical suggestions. Shane Cowlishaw reports.

Budget 2017: New Classrooms for Wellington Schools

Both Berhampore School and Maungaraki School in Wellington will receive funding to build new classrooms as part of Budget 2017, Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.

Commitment to student-centred tertiary education needs teeth

The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed the Government’s commitment to a student-centred tertiary education system, but warns the outlined work programme will not give effect to this goal.

New Environment Strategy to Engage and Inspire

Associate Conservation Minister Nicky Wagner and Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith today launched a new strategy and action plan to better equip New Zealanders, especially children and young people, with the knowledge, skills and motivation to tackle environmental issues.

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa one of many faced with NZQA intervention

Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, as well as 26 other tertiary institutions, have been faced with multiple interventions from NZQA, including enrollment bans, stopping particular courses and even deregistration.


Tuesday 26 July

Facelift not enough for Wainuiomata High School

The government is announcing that Wainuiomata High School is due for a facelift, but anything less than a total rebuild will not be enough, claims Ginny Andersen, Labour candidate for Hutt South.

High school students not learning enough about Asian countries: survey

The survey has raised concerns school-leavers might be missing out on opportunities coming as New Zealand grows closer to Asia.

Government responds to tertiary education report

Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister, Paul Goldsmith have today released the Government’s response to the most extensive review of tertiary education in more than a decade, and outlined its plan for delivering a responsive, innovative, and effective tertiary education system.

NZQA acts against 27 institutions

Over-crowding and dubious marking of students’ work have prompted the Qualifications Authority to take action against 27 tertiary institutions in little more than a year. Our Education Correspondent, John Gerritsen, has the details.

15 NZQA exams to be trialled online this year

Fifteen subjects will now be available to do trial exams online as NZQA continues with its plan to have all exams online by 2020 .

Break the Silence: PM’s chief science adviser releases report on youth suicide

The evidence-based discussion paper analyses the multiple factors involved in youth suicide and includes potential approaches to reduce New Zealand’s rates – which are among the highest in the developed world.

Books and reading linked to good literacy, numeracy

Books and reading are closely linked to good numeracy, literacy, and problem-solving skills among 16 to 24-year-olds, analysis of the 2014 Survey of Adult Skills shows.

Flexibility in tertiary models key to addressing skills

The deepening skills shortage is a key concern for employers which is why the EMA is keen to understand further detail around the Government’s announcement on tertiary models today.



Tuesday 25 July

Labour concedes the charter school debate

Labour has essentially conceded the charter school debate, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Wellington College headmaster Roger Moses to retire next year

Wellington College’s long-serving headmaster, Roger Moses, is to retire.

Auckland institution loses NZQA accreditation

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has withdrawn accreditation for three business programmes at the International College of New Zealand (ICNZ), meaning that ICNZ can no longer deliver these programmes to students.



Monday 24 July

Labour plays to its power base on education

Labour has released details of its full education policy, which will bring a smile to the face of teachers and union supporters but contains little that has not already been seen before.

Education at the forefront for young Māori voters

In the third part of Newsroom’s spotlight on election perspectives, Paige Janssen speaks to four young Māori voters about the issues they’ll prioritise at September’s election

Male early childhood teachers almost quadruple – but lobbyists point to continued ‘sexism’

Men teaching in New Zealand preschools have almost quadrupled in nine years – but lobbyists want more support to overcome persistent “sexism” in the sector.

Zealandia plans bush classroom in expansion of education programme

A concept drawing of Zealandia’s bush classroom, which has been granted resource consent.

Rising concerns over Auckland teacher staffing

Auckland Primary Principals Association president Kevin Bush said the city’s schools had been struggling to hire teachers this year.

New teachers quit city, delay kids, due to unaffordable housing

Two-thirds of Auckland’s new teachers plan to leave the city, and many female teachers are postponing parenthood because of the city’s housing costs, a new survey has found.

Labour to ‘tweak’ special character schools, save charter schools from closure

Labour’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins says special character school legislation will be loosened, which will “quite possibly” mean some charter schools will be able to transition and remain open.

Friday 21 July

Digital curriculum completely misses the point

“We don’t need an additional learning area; we need the flexibility to integrate when and where appropriate and effective.”

Principals Applaud Demise of National Standards

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) President, Whetu Cormick, is delighted at Labour’s announcement that they would scrap national standards if they become the Government in September.

Educators welcome Labour’s plan to fix public education

Educators welcome Labour’s commitment to put the ‘free’ back into free public education and to developing a plan to fix the chronic teacher shortage, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

New mental health resource expected to fill a gap in schools

The new book will help teachers teach their students about wellbeing, resilience, and how to deal with issues they don’t like within schools.

It’s hoped a new mental health teaching resource will help to fill a gap, as schools struggle to deal with the increasing mental health needs of students.

Modern classrooms in all schools by 2030: Labour’s election pledge

Labour has pledged to upgrade old school buildings to ensure every school has “modern” classrooms by 2030 – a policy included in an election manifesto that drops last campaign’s promise to reduce class sizes.