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.