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Ministry urges ‘bold step’ for Māori education

The Education Ministry has told the government it could achieve a “step change” in Māori children‘s achievement by tackling their teacher‘s unconscious bias against Māori children.

Taskmaster: Inspired Upper Hutt teacher tries a different approach to maths problems

Upper Hutt College teacher Fiona Hall is pioneering more exciting and challenging ways to teach maths in her classroom by using techniques from the Taskmaster television show.

Fostering a greater reading culture in Brunei

(From ‘The Borneo Bulletin’) TURNING Brunei Darussalam into a reading nation should be part of our national agenda if we are going to realise Vision 2035. […]

The longitudinal study Competent children, competent learners by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) noted that young people’s reading for pleasure in their own time and at school was one of the critical factors for a successful pathway into adulthood.

Western Springs College becomes first NZ high school to adopt living wage

The liberal inner-city school will pay the living wage of $20.55 an hour from next January to 19 teacher aides, cleaners and other staff who now earn less than that, costing the school an extra $50,000 a year.

Beanies banned at school, even on frosty mornings

A Southland father is upset his daughter is not allowed to wear a beanie to school on cold winter mornings to keep her head warm, but the principal says the school is enforcing its uniform policy.

Media releases

Lincoln tackles land-use issues with new initiative

Lincoln: A new Lincoln University initiative is responding to the need for new ways of using our land more productively while ensuring New Zealand’s future prosperity and enhancing lives.

Staff cuts for teacher training indicate growing crisis

NZEI: Staff cuts at Auckland University because of dropping enrolments for initial teacher education (ITE) are another sign that bold measures are needed to turn around New Zealand’s growing teacher shortage.

PhD on dressmaking unpicks hidden cultural threads

Massey: Dr Vincent, who is the communications manager at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research and who conducted her project over six years of part-time study, says the topic emerged “from the realisation that both my grandmothers, my mother and my aunts were all dressmakers, while in my generation I am the only one – neither my sisters nor my cousins make clothes.

Opinion / insight

Tips for teens: how to thrive in the college years

Term two is a busy time especially for NCEA students – with internal assessments coming thick and fast. Add to that sports commitments, maybe a part time job, social activity and it’s easy to see how some teens might be struggling to keep it all together. Teacher, author, public speaker and CEO of Spectrum Education Karen Boyes has tips for teens feeling the pressure.

Alwyn Poole: What we refer to as genius actually is all about hard work

The word genius and, for that matter, those of talent and giftedness, needs to be redefined for the good of every child and every field of human endeavour. Getting this right also has the potential to benefit a great many adults.

Mum’s heartfelt plea for inclusive education

A Tauranga mum’s heartfelt plea to mum-to-be Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to fix the “broken” funding model for special needs students has struck a chord with parents throughout New Zealand.