Wednesday 23 May 2018

Teacher shortages at new high, according to secondary principals survey

Almost half of secondary school students are being taught by teachers who don’t specialise in the subjects they’re teaching, a report has found.

Education Council reveals the number of teachers disciplined for sexual misconduct

The Education Council has revealed 81 teachers were disciplined for sexual misconduct against a student between 2015 and 2017.

Scrapping school fees proves successful for pupils and families

A move by two Palmerston North schools to get rid of fees has benefited pupils outside the classroom.

Cannons Creek School disappointed voluntary donations not scrapped in Budget

Cannons Creek School principal Ruth O’Neill says she’s disappointed the Government did not scrap voluntary school donations in last week’s Budget.

Bilingual show aimed at South Island-based children

A bilingual show aimed at primary schools explores te reo Māori as a gift using musical and theatrical performances. He Kura Kōrero run by the Court Theatre is being performed at over 40 schools around the South Island. The only aim is to encourage the normalisation of te reo Māori in everyday life.

Critic Te Arohi editor defends ‘objectionable’ magazine cover

Hundreds of copies of the University of Otago’s student magazine Critic Te Arohi have been removed and destroyed by staff at the campus.

Why do so many kids dread cross country?

Schools up and down the country are well into their training for cross country. But new research by Nielsen on behalf of Athletics NZ and Sport NZ has found a quarter of children surveyed do not enjoy the sport.

Christchurch youth trust keen to build ‘adventure school’ on abandoned land

Christchurch’s inner-city red zone could be transformed into a new “adventure school” if a proposal to the Government is adopted.

Bohally won’t block co-location if asked to ‘come to the table’

The Ministry of Education is considering co-locating Blenheim’s colleges on the Marlborough Girls’ College site. Could that include Bohally?

Media releases

World Play Day

Toy Library Federation: NZ The theme for World Play Day is Free Play – encouraging people to slow down for simple unstructured play with their children.

Govt cuts funding and opportunities for Kiwi kids

NZ National Party: The Government has taken an axe to the education sector and scrapped a large number of valuable initiatives in Budget 2018, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.


All teachers share responsibility for sex education, let’s support them

New Zealand runs a pretty good sex-ed programme. Our health curriculum runs students through a gamut of learning, both about mechanics and relationships. Could it be better? Couldn’t everything? But don’t blame the PE department. Blame everyone else.

Being a principal can be a heartbreaking job

​KidsCan has had its government funding renewed. One Taranaki principal talks about the remarkable differences the programmes have made to children in hardship in her school.

We should educate prisoners

Lawyer, and former prison volunteer, Stacey Shortall says prisoner education can stop the “revolving door” prison often creates.

Opinion: Nothing new in Budget speech for tertiary education

While many of the sentiments and statements made in Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s speech resonate with us here at Toi Ohomai, there was nothing new for the ITP sector in the 2018 Budget apart from the Fees Free and boost in student support for living costs announced in December 2017.