Monday 14 May 2018

Budget 2018: $21.5m extra for learning support for children before school

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced extra money for early intervention services for young kids who need language, learning and behaviour support before they start school.

Education summit: What would you do if boss of NZ education?

Almost 9000 people so far have taken part in an online “education conversation” aimed at developing “an ensuring 30-year approach to education” that will survive political changes.

International student urges Govt not to restrict post-study opportunities

International Student Association of Auckland marketing manager Violet Xu says international students sacrifice a lot to come to New Zealand and should keep their work rights.

NZQA checks 2000 students’ grades at Te Wananga o Aotearoa

The grades of more than 2000 students at the country’s biggest wananga are being doubled checked on the orders of Education officials. The Qualifications Authority has taken statutory action against Te Wananga o Aotearoa stopping enrolments in some courses. Some students might have to resit their assessments.

Waikato-Tainui gives $100000 to KidsCan

Kids who need some extra help are getting a $100,000 boost from Waikato-Tainui. The iwi is handing the cash to KidsCan, which will use it to provide food and health items for kids at 23 Waikato and South Auckland schools.

The secrets of the teenage brain

What’s happening at a neurological level that defines the delighful and sometimes challenging spectrum of adolescent behaviour? We speak to Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore- she’s a neuroscientist at University College, London- and in her book ‘Inventing Ourselves: The Secret Life of the Teenage Brain’ (Doubleday) she charts the changes happening in the adolescent brain, and how this affects behaviour.


Compulsory te reo is nothing to fear

Joel Maxwell/Stuff: After Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta said compulsory te reo in schools was is a matter of if, not when, she was slapped down by Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters.

Media releases

Extra funding for inclusive education welcomed

NZEI: The Prime Minister’s announcement of an extra $21.5m for early intervention in behaviour, learning, and speech and language support will change the lives of thousands of children aged under five.

More focus needed on reforming learning support

NZ National Party: The Government’s $21.5 million investment in early intervention is a positive step for children and families who need additional learning support, but there is a need to focus on reforming the system, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye and Early Childhood Education Spokesperson Nicola Willis say.

Youth Advisory Group share their views

NZ Government: Problems with NCEA “credit farming” and overassessment, and the need for more vocational pathways into tertiary education are among the issues raised by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins’ Youth Advisory Group.