Friday 18 August

Plan to raise achievement in maths and writing

Earlier this year the Government announced a new Better Public Service goal to have at least 80 percent of children in Year 8 achieving at or above the National Standard in maths and writing or reaching Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori expectations in pāngarau and tuhituhi, by 2021.

New arsenal for online teenage bullies in anonymous Sarahah app

Parents and schools are concerned about a new anonymous message app being used by cyberbullies, Sarahah.

The New Zealand Council for Educational Research survey, released this week, found the weekly rate of students being bullied at 82 large secondary schools ranged from 2 to 26 per cent.

Modern learning spaces set the scene for classrooms of the future

Removing walls in the classroom is not just about removing physical barriers, but about breaking down obstacles to learning.

A student perspective on the future of education

Marlborough Girls’ College prefect Morgan Gurr and Marlborough Boys’ College student Henry Thompson say the future of education is flexible classrooms full of technology.

Ngāi Tahu education and reo online resource created

Innovative new online resource providing a solution to an inter-generational issue for Ngāi Tahu, the education system, kōhanga reo and visitors to Ngāi Tahu marae seeking pepeha and mihi information, has been independently created by Māori IT expert
Karaitiana Taiuru (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rārua).

The Education Issue: Why flexible learning environments?

The current innovative learning environment at Marlborough Boys’ College is made up of two labs and a separate room in the centre.

NZQA blocks NCEA exam cheating

NCEA markers will be on the lookout for students using memorised or plaigiarised answers in this year’s school exams. A review has warned that in some subjects students could be memorising official examples of good answers from previous years’ exams and using them as their own.

Writing gap between girls and boys widens to new record

Huge gaps between boys and girls, and among New Zealand’s main ethnic groups, show no sign of closing in the latest data on primary school literacy and numeracy.

National standards pass rates plateau as distress rises

The number of children passing the national standards in reading, writing and maths has dropped slightly, new figures show.

Earlier this week, a national survey reported 63 percent of teachers said anxiety about the standards was affecting the performance of some students, up from 41 percent in 2013.

The Council for Educational Research survey of primary school teachers and principals said concern was highest among teachers of older children, with 70 percent of teachers of Years 4-8 agreeing some students were anxious about the standards.

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