Wednesday 30 August

Do parents want National Standards Plus?

Parent Karen Fletcher says National Standards Plus seems like the National Party is trying to come up with something new on National Standards.

Review of the Tomorrow’s Schools Model

Very Important People Supporting (VIPS) Equity in Education is an online group of students, parents, educators, and specialists advocating for a fairer inclusive education system for students with additional learning needs. Despite our diverse …Review of the Tomorrow’s Schools Model

Students’ association praises Labour education policy

The president of the national University Students’ Association Jonathan Gee says Labour’s education policy has probably sewn up the student vote. Jacinda Ardern says if Labour leads the next government, study grants will rise $50 a week and the amount students can borrow under the interest-free loan scheme will rise by the same amount. It will also bring forward its plan to cut tertiary fees so anyone starting next year will get their first year free. By 2024, that will be extended to three years without fees.

Nowhere near enough teachers, report finds

A survey of secondary school principals has found that schools right around the country are experiencing significant teacher shortages.




Tuesday 29 August

Free education is not just about university

The Labour Party has recognised that post-school education is broader than just university, by including apprenticeships and work-based training in today’s commitment to reduce the cost of post-school study.

Labour ignores real education problems

“Labour have reverted to cynical election bribery, trying to recapture the glory of 2005’s interest-free student loan announcement,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

NZ Herald editorial: Te reo should be first choice on National’s list

The National Party indicated at its opening campaign rally on Sunday that it knows it will not win this election simply on a sound economy. It needs to indicate what it wants to do if it is given another term. The proposal it announced on Sunday to teach a second language in primary schools is a good start. English-speaking countries are linguistically lazy, they think they can afford to be since so many other countries speak English as a second (or third or fourth) language.

Digital Capability: escaping poverty

20/20 Trust today released the Digital Inclusion Manifesto: All New Zealanders have affordable access to the internet and the skills and confidence to use digital technologies for learning, for work and for life.


Monday 28 August

Creating opportunity through maths, technology and languages

National will roll out a suite of technology, maths and language initiatives in schools to ensure our young people have the skills to succeed in a more digital and internationally connected world.

‘Get Real’ Prime Minister, say School Principals!

Prime Minister Bill English, in campaign mode, has announced that national standards would be extended and millions of dollars would be poured into primary children having the option to learn one of several different languages from Mandarin and Korean, to Spanish or Te Reo Maori. There would also be a considerable sum poured into secondary schools for digital technology.

More teaching time, not more measurement, teachers say

A recent has found increased anxiety in children as a result of National Standards. A survey of primary and intermediate schools by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research shows 63 per cent of teachers agreed, or strongly agreed, that anxiety about National Standards performance had negatively affected some students’ learning, up from 41 per cent in 2013.

New pilot to support disengaged young people

Associate Minister of Education Louise Upston has announced a new pilot for supporting disengaged young people which will help them to stay in education longer and achieve better outcomes in life.

National launches official campaign with education bid

The two big parties are now officially in campaign mode after Prime Minister Bill English launched National’s campaign in Auckland on Sunday.

Second language support should be for universal te reo Māori

The Green Party has reiterated its commitment to universal te reo Māori in schools, following National’s education announcement yesterday.

Languages, maths headline National’s education plans

The National Party is promising to spend hundreds of millions of dollars teaching primary school children a second language and improving their maths. The party’s election campaign launch at the weekend also doubled down on the national standards in reading, writing and maths, promising National Standards Plus – a system that will report children’s progress as well as their achievement.

National out of touch on education – principals, teachers

Principals and teachers say the National Party is showing it is completely out of touch with schools, after it offered an education policy many school staff are saying could have fixed a lot more. Te Reo is one of the 10 languages alongside the likes of Spanish, Mandarin, French and sign language that National wants to offer to primary school students if they want to learn a second language.

 Show us the evidence – teachers demand cabinet paper

28 August 2017 – NZEI Te Riu Roa is demanding the Government immediately release its cabinet paper on “National Standards Plus” amid serious concerns about the impact it will have on children’s learning, and their enjoyment at school.

 Grammar Zone warning: huge growth forecast for schools

Sought-after schools will turbo-charge housing intensification in parts of Auckland with the school-age population in the “Double Grammar Zone” to boom by at least 5000, according to a new report.

Changing “culture” is not just schools and boards of trustees

This country girl flew down to the big smoke to be with 1000 STA members enrolled at the Dunedin conference. Unfortunately winter weather disrupted many travel arrangements including my flights from Nelson with storms and fog.


Friday 25 August

A shared story of going to the brink and coming back

Teachers and school staff may be doing their best to help the students in their care, but a report released by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) says only 20 per cent of teachers feel they have the training that lets them recognise mental health warning signs in children.

Bonus of up to $17500 for beginner teachers at all Auckland schools

New teachers starting their first jobs in any Auckland school from next year will get a bonus of $17,500 if they stay in the job for five years.



Thursday 24 August

New partnership to provide social record platform for young people

A new partnership to help young people showcase their skills and competencies to prospective employers and others was announced today by Youth Minister Nikki Kaye. “Many of our young people have participated in leadership, mentoring and volunteering activities and we want them to be able to demonstrate this, and other achievements, through an online social record,” says Ms Kaye. …

Wairarapa candidates discuss eudcation

Opposition party candidates called for an overhaul in education funding at an election candidates’ meeting in Dannevirke.

New Waikato trust helping kids who struggle with maths

Through the Mathematics for a Lifetime Charitable Trust, Mya Max, 11, has improved her maths levels and gained confidence with the help of tutor Jean McKenzie.


Wednesday 23 August

Busting the myths around Adult Literacy in NZ

Literacy Aotearoa Wellington is challenging people to confront some of the myths around Adult Literacy in New Zealand. In preparation for September 8th – International Literacy Day Literacy Aotearoa Wellington has released information on the most common misunderstandings they come across in relation to adult literacy.

Election Policy series: can we trust the teachers?

Choosing your preferred education policy this year comes down to how far you trust teachers.

Rotorua principals unaware of bonus scheme for new teachers

At least three Rotorua principals whose schools were eligible for a new teachers’ incentive scheme launched in 2009 were unaware it existed until this week.

Monday 21 August

Taking the Long View – Sustainability in Tertiary Education

Many things on which our future health and prosperity depend are in dire jeopardy: climate stability, the resilience and productivity of natural systems, the beauty of the natural world, and biological diversity.It is worth noting that this is not …

Growing number of Communities of Learning

Education Minister Nikki Kaye says two thirds of children and young people are benefiting from their schools and early childhood education providers working together as Communities of Learning. “I’m pleased to announce today that another 13 Communities of Learning have formed, taking the total number of Communities across the country to 210,” says Ms Kaye. …

Further funding to increase teacher numbers

Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced a $3 million package to help increase teacher numbers, with a focus on Auckland. “I’ve looked closely at teacher supply and listened to what principals and teachers have told me about growing pressure, particularly in Auckland,” says Ms Kaye. …

NZQA sets tougher rules for tertiary English tests

A group representing private tertiary institutions is worried tighter rules on English testing for foreign students will not stop some providers from cheating.

Time’s Up On National Standards, Say Principals

‘For the past decade the Government has expected national standards to change the academic fortunes of our most challenged students. It hasn’t happened,’ said Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF). ‘It is time to accept that national standards are not the way of the future,’ he said.