Tuesday 19 December

Australia backs down on plans to charge Kiwi students higher fees

Kiwis studying at Australian universities will retain their access to government-subsidised fees…

Ako Aotearoa Appoints Helen Lomax Acting-Director

Ako Aotearoa is delighted to announce the appointment of Helen Lomax as its Acting-Director – to take effect from the beginning of February next year for a period of six months…

Early Childhood Council calls for balanced view

The Early Childhood Council (ECC) says so-called research released today about the early childhood education (ECE) sector lacks integrity and needs to be taken with a grain of salt …

School Newsletters & Visits Key Sources of Information

Delving into the school bag for the newsletter remains a reality for parents and whānau of primary and intermediate students. School newsletters remain the main source of information about their child’s school for parents and whānau, although the newsletter is more likely to be digital in higher decile schools.

‘Parents and whānau also reported school visits as the most helpful source of information for choosing a school,’ Senior Researcher Linda Bonne said. ‘Over 50% said a school visit or open day had helped them, with school websites a distant second at 19%.’

The findings are from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools 2016.

Weak parental support for national standards

Fewer than half of parents support the national standards in reading, writing and maths – and only five percent consider the controversial benchmarks when choosing a school for their children.

The findings – from the Council for Educational Research national survey of primary and intermediate schools – were published just a week after the government announced the demise of the standards.

Few Schools Able to Develop Students’ Te Reo Māori Skills

Students who start with high proficiency in te reo Māori are unlikely to be supported to further develop their reo Māori skills in English-medium schools. While many teachers think it is important students learn te reo Māori, very few are able to use the language at more than a basic level.

These findings are from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) National Survey of Primary and Intermediate Schools 2016. The latest report to be released from the survey focuses on the experience of ākonga Māori (Māori students) in English-medium schools.

Ministers welcome commitment to te reo

Associate Education Ministers Kelvin Davis and Jenny Salesa have welcomed schools’ commitment to tikanga Māori and te reo Māori.

A New Zealand Council for Educational Research report Ākonga Māori in English-medium primary and intermediate schools, released today, shows a majority of principals recognise the importance of te reo Māori and tikanga Māori for all students.

Most teachers are using te reo Māori

Most teachers are using te reo Māori at some level in the classroom, a survey has found.

The Council for Educational Research council’s national survey of primary and intermediate schools found just 1 percent never use the language with students.

Mainstream dead end for reo learners

The Council for Education Research has confirmed what many Maori whanau have found – that students who start with high proficiency in te reo Maori are unlikely to be supported to further develop their reo skills in English-medium schools…

This NZ Education News feed will resume on 15 January 2018. Happy holidays.

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Monday 18 December

Free fees and changing degrees: The changing face of higher education

Nine years ago, when he gave his maiden speech in Parliament as a fresh-faced 30-year-old Labour MP, Chris Hipkins​ related how his time in higher education politicised him…

Opinion: Fiona Ell – “There is more to learning to teach than copying a good teacher”

Last week the Education Review Office (ERO) released a report about newly graduated teachers’ preparedness and confidence to teach. Confident and well-prepared new teachers are an important part of an education system, especially when there is a shortage of teachers and schools need to employ a higher proportion of beginning teachers…

Children with Learning Difficulties Missing Out on Support

Only school-aged children with extreme needs receive services from an educational psychologist. This means the majority of children and young people with a wide range of learning difficulties are missing out on timely and needs-based access to educational…

New design and communication degrees take a world view

New design and communication degrees take a world view. Wintec has launched new Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Communication degrees for 2018 to prepare students for a rapidly changing workplace…

Digital Skills Shortage Should Sound Warning Bell

A major report released today shows that New Zealand has a significant and growing digital skills shortage, primarily due to the speed and scale of the increase in demand for tech skills…

ERO to investigate special education in schools

Schools’ work with children with disabilities and challenging behaviour will investigated by the Education Review Office next year…

 

Friday 15 November

‘It’s really wonderful’

Te Reo Maori language courses are surging in popularity and a teacher of te reo says the diversity in classrooms is “really wonderful”…

Youth advisory group to influence education and minister

Education minister Chris Hipkins says the advisory group is a fresh and exciting opportunity…

Post-secondary package helps Kiwis get ahead

Post-secondary package helps Kiwis get ahead “The Government is committed to delivering a modern workforce by removing cost barriers to post-secondary education and training,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. Beginning in 2017/18, funding provides for …

Free Training to Help Alleviate Construction Skills Shortage

The Government’s free fees initiative looks set to help alleviate some of the skills shortages in the building and construction industry, with apprentices eligible for two years of free training from 2018 …

 

Thursday 14 December

Chris Hipkins Announces NCEA Review Terms of Reference

Overassessment of students and teacher workload will be addressed as part of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) review starting early next year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says…

Successful summer blogging project gets a funding boost

Successful summer blogging project gets a funding boost Embargoed until 12.30pm Wednesday 13 December 2017 Over 1000 school children may be blogging over the summer to keep their literacy skills up, thanks to the partnership between the Manaiakalani…

$9.5M Teacher Supply Package to Boost Te Reo Māori Teachers

The Government’s $9.5 million teacher supply package will support more te reo Māori and Māori medium teachers into classrooms, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says…

Government announces review of NCEA

A government review of the NCEA system will look at whether all students should be sitting its first level, it has been revealed…

Government announces complete shake-up of NCEA for 2018

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the feedback from students and teachers is that overassessment is a real issue with NCEA…

Mainstream schooling failing rangatahi, says former teacher

A former school PE teacher resigned from her job over a year ago after seeing too many Māori students looked down on, judged and under-served by the mainstream school system…

 

 

Wednesday 13 December

Some Help to Fix Secondary Teacher Shortages

The Labour-led government’s package to address teacher shortages is welcomed by secondary teachers around the country…

Scrapping National Standards bad news for parents

The Government is irresponsibly and recklessly scrapping National Standards without having a detailed nationwide system of progression to replace it with, leaving parents in the dark about their children’s achievement, National Party Education Spokesperson …

Death Rattles For National Standards

“It’s a day to celebrate,” declared Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF), as he listened to Minister Hipkins consign national standards to their death bed…

Principals Say Teacher Supply Package Overdue

“Today’s announcement of $9.5 million to boost teacher supply will come as welcome relief for some schools,” said Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF)…

‘This is what it’s like’: boy’s video about life with autism

George Yionoulis is a nine-year-old boy with autism who wanted his classmates to understand more about his life…

NCEA’s main lesson: do just enough to suffice

It is not that hard to understand why New Zealand educational achievement is slipping, under most international measures, writes Peter Lyons.

‘Schools shouldn’t be finance companies’ – Principal

Four in five principals around New Zealand will stop asking for donations from parents if a Labour campaign promise goes ahead…

 

Tuesday 12 December

Alwyn Poole: Unpaid training contributes to teacher shortage

There is a teacher shortage in New Zealand and it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. However, it is has very little to do with annual salary…

National Standards have officially ended in primary schools across the country

Education Minister Chris Hipkins: “Since National Standards were introduced in 2010 reading levels of New Zealand children have dropped to their lowest level on record.”..

Children the winners as National Standards are dumped

Primary principals and teachers say children are the real winners now that National Standards have been officially dumped…

Treasury warns of ‘gap’ in school data without national standards

The Treasury has warned that there will be “a gap in systems-level information” on primary school performance because the Government has axed national standards before putting anything in their place…

Principals forced to slash teacher aide hours

An NZEI Te Riu Roa survey of 622 primary and intermediate school principals has found that 44% plan to cut teacher aide hours to meet budget in 2018, while 14% expect to be short of teachers and another 20% are not sure whether they will fill all roles.

 

Monday 11 December

‘Serve and return’ is how young kids learn

Young children need a workforce of knowledgeable adults. Jean Rockel argues for overdue changes to make smaller groups for kids in early education …

Principal hopeful Government’s education promises will benefit children

Principal Pat Newman says there is a degree of hope the new government will make positive changes to the education system…

Talking Point: Why are NZ’s literacy results so appalling?

New Zealand’s results in the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) are very disappointing. But they are not surprising…

Te reo programme finishes successful pilot in five schools on Auckland’s North Shore

Te Reo Whānau is a 30-minute, after-school class, where parents and children can learn side-by-side. The programme has just finished a six-week pilot in five North Shore schools…