Wednesday 28 February

What does the TEC report say?

In 2015, the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) undertook a regular scheduled audit on TPP that identified possible under-delivery of learning hours across five programmes. A subsequent investigation looked in to a further nine programmes. The investigation found under-delivery of learning hours in 13 of the 14 programmes considered. Read the full report and TEC summary at www.tec.govt.nz

Government support secures tertiary education on Coast

The Government’s decision to continue financial support for Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP) is great news for the future of tertiary education on the West Coast…

The Mind Lab by Unitec empowers teachers around NZ in 2018

The Mind Lab by Unitec is bringing its nationwide Postgraduate Certificate programme to more educators around the country this 2018. For the next intake, kicking off in March, The Mind Lab has announced over 10 new potential locations across the North and South Island. To date, the programme has been in 30+ locations around the country…

Te Matawai surveys flaxroots reo efforts

Maori language promotion agency Te Matawai is asking people who have organised, participated in, or funded activities to support te reo Maori revitalisation to complete an online survey about their efforts.

He Reo Ora survey was developed by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research as part of a wider research programme…

Money assigned for teacher pay talks

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says he is working on a long-term strategy to make teaching a more attractive proposition…

Thirteen top Pacific Students win STEM Scholarships

The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Hon Aupito William Sio has awarded thirteen top Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarships to students of Pacific descent from all across New Zealand. “I’m excited that this year we are able to support more Pacific students studying STEM subjects in disciplines and career-pathways Pacific people are under-represented in,” says Mr Sio…

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Tuesday 27 February

Chronic teacher shortage laid bare

New figures out today show how the National Government failed schools and students – with the number of people enrolled in teacher training dropping by a massive 40% under its watch, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says…

Survey to develop a free database of te reo Māori activities

Te Mātāwai, the independent statutory entity that is charged with supporting te reo Māori revitalisation in homes and communities on behalf of iwi, Māori and Māori language communities, has commissioned the New Zealand Council for Educational Research to develop the online survey as part of a wider Māori language revitalisation research programme…

Bali Haque: The failure of the National Standards system

OPINION: Weighing a pig won’t make it fatter. Sounds obvious I know, but the sentiment is actually quite important, as a national debate about measuring the performance of government agencies gets under way…

Primary school leaders’ workload at dangerous levels

A second independent, in-depth health and wellbeing survey of primary school principals and senior leaders has found the sheer quantity of work is seriously affecting their health and taking time away from leading their school’s teaching and learning.

 

Monday 26 February

Proof that anecdotes don’t make good Govt policy

Education Minister Chris Hipkins would have been wise to follow his own advice that “anecdotes are not always a good way of making Government policy”, with virtually no extra students taking up tertiary study under his Government’s $2.8 billion fees-free policy, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says…

Te Reo classes see surge of interest

Maori Education professor says a surge of people signing up to Te Reo classes is an indication things are getting better for the language…

Inside Parliament: Education changes

1 NEWS Māori Affairs reporter Yvonne Tahana and Sam Sachdeva from Newsroom join political reporter Katie Bradford to discuss those changes…

 

Friday 23 February

Tongan student leaders continue a strong, united movement

Young Tongan tertiary student leaders gathered in Wellington for its third annual Leadership Weekend. The New Zealand Tongan Tertiary Students’ Association (NZTTSA) executive members invited representatives of Tongan student associations from all around New Zealand…

New Zealand’s Best Teachers Honoured with Awards

Six teachers spanning Early Childhood, primary and secondary education will receive honours at the ASG National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA) today at an official ceremony hosted by Hon Chris Hipkins MP, Minister of Education in Wellington…

Partnership Schools Board walk out sad news

National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye is saddened that the current members of the Partnership Schools Authorisation Board have all decided not to make themselves available for reappointment on 1 March and wishes to thank them for their hard work…

Editorial: Planning for education’s future

EDITORIAL: It is not too surprising to hear National’s education spokesperson Nikki Kaye disparage the Government’s major education announcement as “another day, another review”. Obviously this is the Opposition’s script. But there may also be personal reasons for Kaye to sound so frustrated. Her own promised education overhaul was lost in the pre-election noise in 2017 and has now been consigned to the dustbin of political history…

Editorial: Tomorrow’s schools will still need to compete despite proposed changes

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced a review of Tomorrow’s Schools, the system set up in 1989 under which every school has been governed by an elected board of trustees. It is not clear what he sees wrong with the system…

Top water science students share prize

Two University of Waikato students will share this year’s water sciences prize after the selection panel couldn’t separate the pair…

 

Thursday 22 February

CPAG welcomes new and improved Tomorrow’s Schools

A new Education Work Programme that focuses on inclusive education, reducing barriers to participation and improving children’s outcomes is welcomed by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

We’re looking forward to the education conversation

The Industry Training Federation welcomes the government’s three-year work programme for education announced today, and looks forward to engaging with the government in its wide-ranging summit process…

‘Grossly inequitable’ fees-free warning from universities

Universities have warned fees-free study could push some students to apply for courses they are unlikely to pass…

Boards of Trustees could be scrapped in education reform

The way schools choose their principals and manage their finances could change as sweeping education reforms are announced. Shane Cowlishaw reports…

More education ideology from Labour

Labour’s ideological opposition to privately delivered services has reared its ugly head with the removal of a clause in the Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill that treats public and private providers of tertiary education equally, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says…

Enthusiastic response to government work plan from Trustees

The government’s work plan for education, released yesterday, presents some exciting opportunities to progress issues that boards of trustees have been concerned about for some time says NZSTA President, Lorraine Kerr…

Te reo wananga at Muriwai Marae

GROWING te reo Maori through language planning is the focus of a wananga that will be held at Muriwai Marae this weekend…

Bill lodged to replace decile system

A Members’ Bill to replace the school decile system with a needs index to better target funding to the children and young people most at risk of not achieving has been lodged today by East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford…

What do principals want from education review?

The government is reviewing the Tomorrow’s Schools system that underpins the way more than 2000 state schools are governed and managed. It might bring major changes, or it might tweak around the edges. What do principals want? To talk more about this are two principals: Sandra McCallum of Wellington’s Mt Cook School and Tim O’Connor of Auckland Grammar…

Major education shake-up to review ‘Tomorrow’s Schools’

The government’s planning a three-year makeover of the education system with the aim of ensuring the sector keeps pace with the modern world. In its sights are home-based early childhood education, school property, struggling polytechnics and the Tomorrow’s Schools system that has underpinned more than 2,000 schools since 1989. Education Minister Chris Hipkins says too much education policy is rooted in the past and the government wants to make major changes. Education correspondent John Gerritsen tells us what it all means…

Fees-free not wasted with new course comparison site

A website, 2 years in the making, by two former students is making it easier for school-leavers to choose what tertiary course is right for them…

Wednesday 21 February

Hipkins praises private training establishments

The Government is considering merging all of the country’s Polytechnics…

Ambitious three-year work programme for education

The Government has today released details of its extensive education portfolio work programme over the next three years that will champion a high quality public education system for all New Zealanders, says Education Minister Chris Hipkins…

Computer meltdown thwarts career-defining test

Some resident doctors will have to re-sit a career-defining test after an IT meltdown meant 120 of them couldn’t finish their online theory exam…

Convincing parents it’s time for substantial education reform won’t prove easy

Education Minister Chris Hipkins and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are about to be bold with education reform. The test will be proving it’s worth it to parents, students and teachers…

National hits back at planned education overhaul: ‘another day, another review’

There hasn’t been a reform this big since David Lange introduced Tomorrow’s Schools in 1989…

New Zealand is a school choice utopia. But do students perform better?

This story is the first of a three-part series that examines how other countries approach the idea of school choice. Upcoming reports on school choice will focus on Sweden and France via The Hechinger Report.

New Zealand is “a good example of the pitfalls of relying on choice and competition between schools,” said Cathy Wylie, a chief researcher for the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER), an independent research organization…

Governments education work programme welcomed

Universities New Zealand says the Government’s release of more detail of its education portfolio work programme for the next three years is welcome, and it comes at an important time for a system under pressure from a long-term decline in real per-student funding…

Paving the way for Pacific success in Education

“We welcome the government’s agenda for education” said Clare Wells, Chief Executive NZ Kindergartens. “We need to be ambitious for children. Refocusing our energies to ensure everyone has access to high quality education regardless of their age, sets us on a new path.”…

Māori achievement a priority for Education

The Government’s three-year education work programme prioritises lifting achievement for Māori students, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says…

Fix not replace system say teachers

A senior Maori education sector leader says charter schools were a diversion from the bigger task of fixing the education system for Maori…

Chris Hipkins’ plan to rein in schools competing for students

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced a three-year programme to review the “Tomorrow’s Schools” model of competing schools that dates from 1989, to reduce teachers’ paperwork, require qualifications for home-based preschool educators, and rescue failing regional polytechnics…

 

Tuesday 20 February

National complains to Auditor-General about Government’s handling of partnership school issue

National Party education spokesperson Nikki Kaye and Education Minister Chris Hipkins have butted heads, almost continuously, over charter schools since the change of government…

Council launches Hutt Science initiative in Upper Hutt

Hutt Science, which has been successfully operating in Hutt City since 2015, is now available to Upper Hutt primary and intermediate schools. The programme was officially launched today at a gathering at Upper Hutt City Council. Local school principals and senior staff members were in attendance…

NCEA review: Let’s address quality

OPINION: Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced there will be a review of NCEA this year.

The Terms of Reference for this review identify five key areas of focus: wellbeing, equity, coherence, pathways and credibility. The Minister has stated that the two most important issues to address are the overassessment of students and the workload of teachers…

‘Kōhanga Reo chronically underfunded’

In an interview with Māori TV’s show Kawekōrero, historian Paul Moon says that the solution to help strengthen te reo Māori is to dramatically fund Kōhanga Reo and to make it a nationwide organisation. He goes on to say there is a need to create a demand where Te Reo Māori can be spoken on a daily basis…

Primary pupils’ maths skills ‘dropping alarmingly’, report finds

A new report has found schools that improve maths teaching and remove streaming were more successful in reversing a “worrying” downward trend in children’s maths abilities…