Thursday 30 November

Education Minister claims not in ‘public interest’ to reveal charter school closures

Labour Education Minister Chris Hipkins today refused to shed any light whatsoever on four charter schools being potentially scrapped before their intended opening in 2019…

Kura counting on research

Huntly’s Te Wharekura o Rakaumangamanga will be the test bed for a new project aimed at finding new ways to teach pangarau or mathematics in Maori medium setting.

University of Waikato researchers Ngarewa Hawera and Leeana Herewini have secured $130,000 for the two-year ‘Maku ano e hanga, i toku nei whare ‘ project from the Teaching and Learning Research Initiative administered by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research – Rangahau Matauranga o Aotearoa…



Wednesday 29 November

Changes in education

The Government is planning a range of changes across a wide number of areas of education policy and practice…

ERO Report Shows Value of Time to Lead, Teach And Learn

A new ERO report has shown how much more students can achieve when teachers are freed to teach and are given professional development to enhance their skills…

Uncertainty for parents around school starting age

Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ pattern of creating confusion and chaos continues with parents and schools being sent mixed messages about whether children can start school in the weeks before they turn five or not, National Party Education Spokesperson…

Rise in school absence rates ‘atrocious’

The ministry says the number of students regularly attending school fell from nearly 70 percent in Term 2, 2015 to 67 percent in the same period last year. Only 55 percent of Maori students were regularly showing up and 57 percent of Pacific students…

Bad marks for NZ approach to core subjects

Schools need to do more to reduce the number of children falling behind in core subjects like reading and maths as they get older, the Education Review Office says.

Tuesday 28 November

Industry warns against rush to university

A bias towards university education is leaving thousands of young people with unnecessary debt, trades training organisations say…

Students rate UCOL at the top

UCOL has scored highly in a global survey of international student satisfaction.

The biennial International Student Barometer survey was filled out by 145,354 international students from 185 institutions in 19 countries…

Research projects to improve outcomes for learners funded

The Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) has awarded over $1.3 million in funding to eight projects, which are expected to improve outcomes for learners.

The TLRI is funded by the New Zealand government and administered by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research | Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa…

Free High-Tech Learning Software for Low Decile Schools

Low decile secondary schools are set to receive free high-tech learning software, as the New Zealand developers behind the innovative EdTech want to make learning accessible for all Kiwis…



Monday 27 November

When schools join hands with ‘outsiders’ to provide innovative learning

Picture a school where children work alongside engineers and scientists, language experts, dancers and musicians to measure a building’s carbon output, write a novel or make a dance troupe. Vibha Singh explores the concept where schools join hands with outsiders to give innovative learning to students.

In a project, undertaken by Rachel Bolstad and Sue McDowall for New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) on the topic of schools collaborating with community and professional experts, came out an interesting hypothesis…

Almost half of Victoria University students have poor emotional wellbeing

So much for carefree campus life – almost half of Victoria University students have poor emotional wellbeing, according to a recent survey…

Leading Māori educators at Symposium

A groundbreaking symposium today brings to the Wellington stage the unique, innovative, creative and exciting things happening in indigenous education in Aotearoa…


Friday 24 November

NZQA questions class contact time for foreign students

The Qualifications Authority is moving to stop tertiary institutions that enrol foreign students from compressing a week’s teaching into two or three days…

NZQA to review process for Māori exam paper availability

NZQA will review its process to ensure translated examination papers are more available to students, after some Gisborne kura kaupapa (maori-medium) students had to sit their NCEA Level 1 Maths exam in English and no blank back-up Māori exam papers were available on-site.

Kiwi girls outperform boys according to OECD study

Kiwi girls outperform boys – one of the widest margins in the OECD – when it comes to working out problems in a group, an OECD study has found.




Thursday 23 November

Smart students need the basics

In today’s online world it is even more important for young people to develop key skills in traditional subjects like reading and writing, according to a senior Auckland secondary school principal.

System failure for NCEA Level 1 maths exam

THE NCEA Level 1 maths exam, which has brought mass criticism from New Zealand schools due to the level of difficulty and content, was made even more difficult for a group of students from Gisborne’s Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Horouta Wananga.



Wednesday 22 November

Tertiary sector in limbo over free fees

With the first year of tertiary study set to be free from next year, the industry is sitting in limbo as it waits to see the finer details of one of the new Government’s flagship policies. Shane Cowlishaw reports…

GCSB supporting women in STEM through academic scholarships

The Government Communications Bureau (GSCB) has awarded four $10,000 tertiary scholarships to women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at New Zealand universities. The scholarships are intended to encourage more women …

NZ Students Excelling Internationally

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has welcomed the results of an international study showing New Zealand students are among the best in the world at collaborative problem solving…

Government Passes up Opportunity to Fix Teacher Shortages

Secondary teachers are disappointed the government has passed up an opportunity to help alleviate the secondary teacher shortage says PPTA president, Jack Boyle…

Labour releases costings on university plans

Labour has released costing estimates for its boost to student loans and allowances – just hours after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern defended not doing so.

Education Ministry signs up for new digital resourcing system

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced it has been selected by the New Zealand Ministry of Education to design and support a new digital Education Resourcing System (ERS). The ERS will deliver funds more efficiently for early childhood, primary and secondary school education providers.

Why is my 14-year-old sitting exams?

Creativity and problem solving with research and inquiry can’t be tested in a three-hour exam…

You do the math: NCEA releases exam paper teachers, students complained about

A maths exam which frustrated some teachers and students has been defended by NZQA.

A maths exam paper that students and teachers complained was too hard has been released by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).