Tuesday 31 October

NCEA under review: current approach missing the mark

As high school students move into the final week of study before NCEA exams kick off, discussion regarding the effectiveness of the assessment system – due to be reviewed in the New Year – continues. Teuila Fuatai reports…

Get a haircut, a degree, and a real job: Why a university education still matters

There’s an increasing belief that you don’t need a degree to get a 21st century career. In the first of a two-part series on the future of tertiary education, AUT vice-chancellor Derek McCormack argues that New Zealand’s universities have an essential role to play in our changing world…

Principal feels sorry for many Ministry and other staff

The President of Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association feels extremely sorry for those employed in the Ministry of Education, who with zealous enthusiasm, have spent the last few years enforcing National Standards on schools…

Bill English gets to work picking apart new Government’s fiscal capability

English wasted no time hitting out at Labour’s plan to “spend up” and deviate from National’s surplus track.

‘They’re neither national nor standard’

School teachers and principals are anticipating the end of the national standards in reading, writing and maths under the new government…



Monday 30 October

Building industry looks at profiling for apprentice loyalty

The building and construction industry is now taking steps to make sure more apprentices stay on with their employers…

Raft of possible changes to education welcomed

Exciting possible changes to New Zealand’s education system are being welcomed by South Canterbury teachers though primary school principals are urging caution about getting “too excited”, just yet…

Scrapping National Standards bad news for parents

Labour’s plan to dismantle National Standards shows their disregard for parents and the needs of students around the country, National Party MP Nikki Kaye says…

Far North school trials arts-integrative learning

Representatives of a small decile 1A rural school in the Far North will meet with global educators in Auckland next month, to share the innovative arts-integrative learning methods they are employing to empower their pupils…

Principals back compulsory te reo Māori plan

The Principals’ Federation is backing the Government’s move to make te reo Māori compulsory in schools.

New Zealand Wars: Historian calls for more education

A Kiwi history expert is calling for a stronger focus on the New Zealand Wars…

Labour’s education plans revealed: Primary school league tables axed, big NCEA shakeup

Primary school league tables will be axed, and high-school exams are in for a big shake-up as the new Labour-led Government moves to make schools focus on learning rather than assessment.

Labour’s education plans not up to National’s standards

The new Education Minister Chris Hipkins is scrapping National Standards for numeracy and literacy, in favour of schools choosing their own assessment methods.


Friday 27 October

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.

Students will suffer if Australia and New Zealand change tertiary fee agreement

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holds firm on her promise to block Australian students from tertiary education if reforms go through.

Thursday 26 October

An exciting time for boards of trustees, says NZSTA

The New Zealand School Trustees Association is looking forward to working with the new government to refresh and revitalise the education system for all our children and young people. The incoming government has a strong focus on education, and a …

New Minister must reform tertiary education for the benefit of all Kiwis

Rebuilding the tertiary education sector into one that benefits us all is an urgent priority for the new government and the Tertiary Education Union has published a briefing setting out the reforms that must be put in place.

Wednesday 25 October

Hope for Forgotten Learners

The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education is thrilled to hear that gifted education features in the coalition agreement between the Labour Party and New Zealand First. “It’s fantastic to see some recognition coming the way of this group of diverse …

Early Childhood Council looks forward

The Early Childhood Council looks forward to working with the new Government The Early Childhood Council (ECC) looks forward to working with the new Labour/New Zealand First coalition Government on areas impacting early childhood education policy. The …

Universities NZ welcomes Ministerial appointments

University Vice-Chancellors today congratulated Chris Hipkins on his appointment as Minister of Education as well as Associate Ministers of Education Kelvin Davis, Jenny Salesa, and Tracey Martin, and Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, Dr Megan Woods.

Jacinda Ardern announces new ministerial portfolios

As well as being PM, Ardern will take on the portfolios of arts, culture and heritage, and national security and intelligence.

New Education Minister Welcomed with Briefing from Educators

The announcement today of Chris Hipkins as the new Education Minister and Tracey Martin, Kelvin Davis and Jenny Salesa as Associate Education Ministers is great news for children and educators.

Don’t blame teachers when system is at fault, says UNESCO

Blaming just the teacher or the school for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, warns a new report from the United Nations educational agency.

Hope for Forgotten Learners

The New Zealand Centre for Gifted Education is thrilled to hear that gifted education features in the coalition agreement between the Labour Party and New Zealand First. “It’s fantastic to see some recognition coming the way of this group of diverse learners…

Free driving lessons for teens in NZ First govt deal

One of the policy gains for New Zealand First in its coalition agreement is free driving lessons for secondary schools students. It’s also gained Labour’s agreement to develop a 30-year strategic plan for education. President of the Secondary Principals’ Association Michael Williams joins us with his reaction…




Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 October

Free university study just months away

Free tertiary education is coming under a Labour-led Government – with a student association also urging Jacinda Ardern to put an end to border arrests of student loan defaulters.

Educator angst at lack of preparation for rollout of digital curriculum

A digital dawn is fast approaching the nation’s classrooms, but teachers remain in the dark, Manawatū educators warn.

Teachers draw up election action plan

Primary teacher union the New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa hopes the new Labour-led Government will rebuild New Zealand’s public education system.


Friday 20 October

Provide more water fountains at playgrounds, say researchers

Provide more water fountains at playgrounds, say researchers A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington, has found that only six per cent of Wellington City children’s playgrounds have drinking water fountains. The study looked at all 47…

Educators call on new government to take action

Teachers and educators have huge hope that the new Labour led Government will herald the rebuilding of New Zealand’s public education system and restore our children’s birthright to a free, world-class education…

What does new govt mean for education?

Education was also a key election issue. With huge pressures on Auckland schools especially, RNZ education correspondent John Gerritsen says there are high expectations.

Liam Rutherford: Public education crisis isn’t coming – its here

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, when talking about the education of New Zealand’s children its this: our children go to school to learn the critical and creative skills they’ll need to grow up in the 21st century. And, for that, they need teachers.

ECE sector has high hopes for new government – ECNZ

The formation of a new coalition government today is welcomed by Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand (ECNZ). Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party all promised to increase investment in quality early childhood education (ECE) in their pre-election manifestos.

SPCA educating children about animal abuse through new storybook collection

The SPCA has released a series of storybooks as part of its nationwide education programme for New Zealand primary schools.