Wednesday 31 January

Disabled children ‘front of queue’ for government funding

Children with disabilities and behavioural problems are at the front of the queue for increased government funding, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says…

Children and young people share their experiences of school

The report Education matters to me: Key insights summarises responses from over 1600 children and young people to questions about what is important to them about their education, and what being at school is like for them. Six follow-up reports will be released in mid-February…

Official Advice to Principals Regarding Interim Arrangement

Peggy Burrows & Associates, Senior Associate Marlene Campbell rejects claims from a Christchurch principal that principals lacked support and direction regarding interim strategies for managing the dumping of National Standards in 2018…

Principal sad if colleagues find it difficult to lead

“When I hear the question “What will we replace National Standards with?”, it makes me professionally very, very sad”, said Pat Newman President Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association…

School pool closures put kids at risk

School pools keep closing and it is affecting children’s abilities in the water, the head of Water Safety New Zealand says.

A report from the NZ Council of Educational Research says 165 school pools have closed across New Zealand in the past five years, while 73 per cent of surveyed state primary and secondary schools failed to reach Water Safety’s benchmark of eight or more 30-minute lessons per year…

Students tell of racism in study of how they view the education system

“They tell you that you are not going to achieve … this makes me feel angry because it hurts,” one student told the report into how children view their education experience…

Educators welcome child poverty reduction measures

Changes announced today by the Government on how it will monitor and reduce child poverty have been welcomed by educators around the country…

Schools collaborating to learn better

Representatives from 14 Gisborne schools attended the first of three days designed to help schools work collaboratively to improve the educational outcomes of students…

 

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Tuesday 30 January

Children are the focus in new post-National Standards era

Primary principals and teachers look forward to a fresh start this year using robust and well-regarded assessment tools, instead of shonky National Standards.

Giving teachers a stronger voice

The new Government’s programme to raise the status of the teaching profession and restore trust and confidence will take another step forward today when Parliament votes to give teachers back the right to elect representatives to their own professional body, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says…

New ways of teaching swimming survival skills

A leading University of Otago water safety expert Associate Professor Chris Button is eager to see if children who took part in a novel new water safety programme will retain crucial survival skills they’ve learned over the holiday break…

Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ advisory group ready to begin NCEA review

An NCEA advisory group will meet for the first time this week as the Government throws the qualification system into the public spotlight for a full review…

Members include: Te Awamutu College principal Barbara Cavanagh, Ahu Whakamua Limited director Pauline Waiti, Michelle Dickinson – known as Nanogirl, New Zealand Union of Students’ Association national president Jonathan Gee, Auckland University of Technology student Arizona Leger and New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) for assessment, design, and reporting senior researcher and manager Charles Darr.

Democracy returns to Education Council at last

Secondary teachers are starting the new school year with the good news that democracy is being restored to the Education Council. Teachers will again have the right to elect their own representatives. PPTA and teachers around the country have been campaigning since 2014 against the previous government’s decision to remove elected positions from the council…

NZ government spending on education continues to grow

A total of 80,000 Kiwis will be eligible for free tertiary education for their first year, in the Government’s new scheme.

New Zealand public spending on education remains among the highest in the OECD…

NCEA review welcome amidst concerns students are over-assessed

EDITORIAL: The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), the primary national qualification for secondary students, is being reviewed this year. Expect to hear a lot about its strengths and possible failings as a public consultation process gets under way in April…

Monday 29 January

PM encourages apprentices to take advantage of fees free

On Friday Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern met with a Dunedin apprentice and his employer to highlight the Government’s new Fees Free policy at the opening of the refurbished Dunedin Law Courts…

Nurture young people’s mental health earlier

The number of educational psychologists employed in the public sector needs to double if the Government is to meet its goal of improving the mental health of young people, education groups say…

Almost 775,000 Kiwi kids heading to school this week

Education Minister Chris Hipkins sends his best wishes to the many thousands of Kiwi kids who are off to school this week…

Education innovators to challenge thinking in NCEA Review

Members of a group of innovative thinkers to advise the Education Minister and Ministry on the review of the NCEA to take place this year were announced today by Education Minister Chris Hipkins.

The Group members are:

• Jeremy Baker, Chair
• Barbara Cavanagh
• Pauline Waiti
• Michelle Dickinson (“Nanogirl”)
• Jonathan Gee
• Arizona Leger
• Charles Darr

UCOL offers free te reo Māori lessons for Palmerston North, Whanganui and Wairarapa

Free te reo Māori for beginners courses are coming back to UCOL after a trial in 2017 proved popular…

Shortage forces schools to hire weak teachers

A serious shortage of teachers is forcing schools to scrape the bottom of the barrel and hire people they would not normally consider. Schools begin to reopen from Monday and principals say most have been forced to make compromises in order to ensure they have a teacher for every class, especially in Auckland…

Nanogirl on NCEA review panel

Dr Michelle Dickinson, best known as Nanogirl, and a university student have been named in a group to advise the government on changes to NCEA…

 

Thursday 25 January

College director appointment announced

The Waikato-Tainui College for Research and Development has announced the appointment of Dr Cheryl Stephens to the position of College Director…

Education pay war heating up

Education unions will be approaching this year’s pay talks with more confidence than they’ve had in a decade. Shane Cowlishaw looks at the coming pressure on the Government to boost wages in the sector…

Place-Based Learning Focus for Annual Māori and Pasifika Hui

Hosts Te Taitokerau will take this year’s Adult and Community Education (ACE) Hui Fono participants on a magical Far North journey to explore place-based learning. The theme Te Ao Mātauranga, Our World, Our Wisdom, invites educators to consider what is an effective learning space and how can informal and formal learning activities be blended seamlessly…

 

 

Tuesday 23 January

Rotorua teaching shortage brings educators back from retirement

A Rotorua high school has been forced to pull two people out of retirement to fill a maths and a science position, as the city’s teaching shortage reaches “crisis point”…

Te reo lovers say Māori language is alive and well

Despite the claims te reo is in a precarious position, teachers say Māori language classes are surging in popularity, and Kiwis have been sharing their inspiring te reo stories on social media…

NCEA: the stress is “immoral”

A review of NCEA is set to take place this year: a move some school principals are welcoming as a means of ensuring high school students experience deeper learning, a reduced focus on assessment and lower stress levels…