Friday 29 September

Teacher exodus: ‘You have cause to be worried’

The incoming government is likely to get an earful from Auckland Council when new ministers are briefed – with some issues well outside its remit…

More support coming for principals says Ministry of Education

Lepperton Primary School principal Charles Gibson said he has been congratulated by other principals for leaving the profession.

Future leaders show class at Manu Korero

The quality of speechmaking at high school level shows the next generation of maori leaders are ready to step up to the challenge.

Better outcomes for Maori

The government’s priority of better education outcomes for Maori is one at the forefront of teaching and learning at Te Puke High School. So much so that the school is spending more than $75,000 researching how best to go about it.

 

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Thursday 28 September

Report highlights opportunities for Pacific learner success

A highly-anticipated report on the success of Pacific learners in the workplace is being launched at the Pacific Tertiary Education Forum in Auckland today…

Teacher exodus – “you have cause to be worried”

The incoming government is likely to get an earful from Auckland Council when new ministers are briefed – with some issues well outside its remit…

Parenting: Supporting Struggling Learners

Wellington speech and language therapist Christian Wright talks to Lynn Freeman about a framework for approaching struggling learners and strategies to support them…

Wellington Girls’ College making te reo Māori compulsory for all year 9 students

Wellington Girls’ College is set to introduce compulsory te reo classes for all year 9 students, after years of obstacles.

 

Wednesday 27 September

How Would World-Renowned Teachers Redesign Curricula?

Employers complain that graduates are not ready for work. Stanford University studies indicate students are overloaded and under-prepared…

Teachers hope NZ First will bring benefits for education

The president of the Principals Federation says there are high hopes in education circles that coalition negotations will be good news for children and their teachers. Whetu Cormick told RNZ education correspondent John Gerritsen that many New Zealand First policies have strong support in the sector…

The Mind Lab postgrad programme for more teachers nationwide

The Mind Lab by Unitec is coming to a town near you, with 12 new locations announced for the November intake of its Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) and free workshops over the next month…

Universities important but skills can be learned on the job

If New Zealand raises its education outcomes over a period of 20 years to a level comparable with Finland, it can generate a 204 percent increase in GDP worth an additional $US258 billion, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says…

Call to rethink ‘tertiary education requirement’ for work in the digital era gains support

We recognise that across a range of skills-based roles, we do not require applicants to hold a formal qualification.

 

Tuesday 26 September

Increased stress pushing principals away, departing school leader says

The principal of a top Taranaki school has resigned after 12 years in the role – and says other school leaders have congratulated him for getting out of an increasingly stressful profession.

More measuring bad policy, bad for kids, teachers say – NZEI

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.

Tertiary education not required

More than 100 companies have signed an open letter declaring tertiary qualifications are not required for a range of roles within their workplaces.

Secular education campaigners criticise religion in schools

The Secular Education Network says parents would be horrified if they knew what their children are being taught in Religious instruction classes. The network is launching a national campaign, targeting parents at the school gate, starting with Wharenui School in Riccarton. Tanya Jacobs says the instruction is treated as a normal lesson.

Exclusion of autistic children at school a growing problem – Autism NZ

There are calls for change by one autistic support group as more and more children are excluded from school for behavioural issues.

 

Monday 25 September

Education Redefined: The Future is Now

Education for the Future…is a new Index to rate countries’ work to prepare the next generation and NZ came out on top (Education Central).

Profile & Trends: New Zealand’s Tertiary Education Sector

The MOE released the first three parts of their annual Profile and Trends report for 2016 last week (Education Central)

Coalition talks should see big wins for education

Whatever Government coalition emerges from negotiations in the coming weeks, educators are optimistic of major progress on the funding and quality of education, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

Student games to feature on giant outdoor arcade system

Gap Filler’s giant, outdoor arcade gaming system, Super Street Arcade, is soon to host several new games made by Christchurch high-school students.

 

 

Friday 22 September

The Fraud of Labour’s “Free Education” Policy

One of the New Zealand Labour Party’s main promises for this Saturday’s national election, printed on flyers sent to homes throughout the country, is to “introduce three years’ free university or trade education.”

Don’t come to New Zealand, British teachers warn colleagues back home

Two British teachers hired to help fill Auckland’s desperate teacher shortage are warning other foreign teachers not to come because of the bureaucratic obstacles to recognising overseas qualifications and experience.

 

Thursday 21 September

Education Crisis Unaddressed

In 2008 IHC lodged its complaint against the on-going failure of New Zealand Governments and the Ministry of Education to ensure that disabled children access a quality education on an equal basis to others in New Zealand schools. IHC’s claim provided overwhelming …

Growth Mindset Key to Effective Teaching

A Properly Held Growth Mindset is THE key to Effective Teaching for Improvement and Excellence …

Students have their say on education policy

New Zealand high school students want policymakers to bring more life skills, mental health services and balanced workloads to the classroom. Ahead of this weekend’s election, free online NCEA support platform StudyTime asked a selection of Wellington …

Marlborough’s first immersion school not just for Māori

Kiley Nepia at Omaka Marae, which will launch a Māori immersion school next year.

Demand has been higher than expected for Marlborough’s first te reo Māori immersion school…

Why some Maori are embarrassed to speak te Reo

A new project has found many Maori are embarrassed to speak te reo because they’re scared of offending fluent speakers or because they don’t look Maori. The Maori language teacher leading the project says almost every Maori person she spoke to felt whakama to speak Maori at some point in their lives…

Improvements for schools running board elections

The Ministry of Education (Ministry) and the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) are trialling a new way of running board of trustee elections to streamline the process and reduce the workload on individual schools…