Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 November

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.

Education Minister in Over His Head

“Education Minister Chris Hipkins is already in over his head,” says ACT Leader David Seymour after the Minister sort-of cancelled four Partnership Schools who have been contracted to open in 14 months’ time.

School resources insufficient, regardless of decile

Only 8% of primary and intermediate principals found their school operational funding sufficient in 2016, and just under half reduced their spending. Principals’ views of the insufficiency of resources were unrelated to school decile.

Teachers’ professional learning helps them meet needs

Many teachers are getting useful blocks of time for professional learning within schools and are getting practical help for teaching priority learners. Teachers also want more time to focus on doing their work well.

Principals want to spend more time on educational leadership

Principals of primary and intermediate schools want to spend less time on administration and paperwork, and 75% of them want to spend more time on educational leadership, up from 59% in 2013.

Teachers and principals denied the time to teach and lead

New national educational surveys confirm NZEI Te Riu Roa’s claims that teachers and principals are being denied the time to teach and lead, and that children’s education is suffering as a result.

In three studies just released by the NZ Council of Educational Research [i], 75 percent of principals said that they wanted to spend more time on educational leadership, and 92 percent said their school lacked the funding they needed to function properly.

Education Minister to review all charter schools after threatening some with closure

National Standards are going, league tables for primary schools will be a thing of the past and charter schools will come under much more scrutiny.

Labour making a hash of tertiary education

Labour is leaving students and the tertiary education sector in turmoil because of its inability to outline the true impacts of its “free” tertiary education policy, Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.