Rāmere 31 o Here turi kōkā

Primary school teachers’ and principals’ pay negotiations remain gridlocked

Primary school teachers are disappointed not to have a new pay offer two weeks after striking, their union’s president says.

PPTA head says increase in ‘negative’ disciplinary action shows need for more help

Statistics New Zealand released their latest annual report last month detailing the rates of expulsions, stand-downs, exclusion and suspensions in Kiwi schools, as well as looking at demographics and the reasons behind the action. The report says “in 2017, age-standardised stand-down, suspension, exclusion, and expulsion rates all increased.

Bible lessons provoke one mother’s wrath and she is not alone

A mother took her son out of a north Auckland school because of “concerning religious instruction”, which it was difficult to opt out of.

Interactive anti-bullying tool Oat the Goat a $334228 success

The digital pick-a-path book is aimed to help children aged four to seven make positive choices in a bullying scenario.

Leadership strategy and framework

The Education Council has released the final version of The Leadership Strategy for the teaching profession of Aotearoa New Zealand and an Educational Leadership Capability Framework.



Rāapa 29 o Here turi kōkā

School stand-downs for fighting and assault hit 11-year peak

More students are being stood down or kicked out of schools for fighting and assault, as schools struggle to cope with children of P-addicted parents and social problems like fetal alcohol syndrome.

Families to get ‘review’ rights over school suspensions

Students who are suspended or expelled from school will soon have rights to “review” by a regional panel – but it is unclear whether the panel will be able to overturn a school board’s decision.

Ministers seek help to shape future for Māori education

A series of wānanga throughout the country will help shape the future for Māori education, Associate Education Minister, Kelvin Davis says.

Sweet Success: fruit & vegetables in schools

New research into the impact of Fruit & Vegetables in Schools has found it is the widest-reaching health initiative for low decile schools in New Zealand, vastly improving health and education outcomes for students.

Subsidies and work pressure fuel childcare growth

Ministry of Education figures show the number of private childcare providers rose by almost a quarter, or 1168 centres, nationally since 2002.

Calls for Government to scrap NCEA fees and pay students’ course-related costs

Parents and caregivers collectively spent $9.8m on NCEA fees in 2016, for Kiwi kids’ so-called free education.

‘Non-serious’ students cost NZ in international test

New Zealand’s rankings in an influential OECD test of reading, maths and science are suffering because more than a quarter of the Kiwi kids who sit the exam do not take it seriously.



Where will the children play? Kindergartens are losing out

Our traditional community not-for-profit kindergartens are struggling while privately owned childcare centres seem to be overflowing.



Rāhina 27 o Here turi kōkā

Principals concerned about late-night online gaming as ‘Fortnite’ popularity soars

The latest video game craze, Fortnite, has prompted Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty principals to warn parents about the “addictive nature” of online gaming and the effect on students.

The Minister of Education has set up a Professional Advisory Group to provide advice on the review of NCEA

The Professional Advisory Group work alongside the Ministerial Advisory Group to provide advice to the Minister and the Ministry of Education on the NCEA review.

Auckland schools ask Government to walk the talk on te reo in schools

Auckland schools are calling on the Government to back a programme delivering te reo classes, saying they don’t have the capacity to do it on their own.

Meet the Porirua people working at New Zealand’s first living wage primary school

Corinna School in Cannon’s Creek, Porirua is the first in New Zealand to be fully accredited as a living wage primary school. Principal Michele Whiting says “we try to create an atmosphere of whanau here. That’s the mutually respectful relationships around who we are and what we do.”

PE not just about running and tennis, now it’s yoga, cross fit and meditation

Physical education is no longer just running and athletics. It’s physical education, but not as you remember it.

Media Releases


More pay talks set for next week

NZEI Te Riu Roa is continuing to negotiate in good faith in order to arrive at a new proposal, NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart, and lead negotiators Louise Green and Liam Rutherford said.

Stuart McCutcheon’s axe falls on teacher training

TEU: Stuart McCutcheon’s axe has fallen on the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work after 21 staff were told this week that their jobs are on the line.

Dozens of new classrooms for Auckland and Northland schools

NZGovt: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced a multi-million dollar programme to replace rundown classrooms, and provide modern learning spaces for students in Auckland and Northland.


Rāmere 24 o Here turi kōkā

World-first digital teacher in NZ schools

Kiwi students will be the first in the world to have a digital teacher enter their classrooms. Will, a digital human avatar will teach primary school students about renewable energy as part of a free education programme offered to Auckland schools by Vector.

Lincoln and Canterbury universities begin merger talks

Lincoln University is insisting it will retain its name, location and identity in any merger with the University of Canterbury.

Polytechnic bailouts near $100m – analysis

The crisis in polytechnics has deepened with the Government bailing out two more institutions, Unitec in Auckland and Whitireia in Porirua. The $65 million advanced to the two is on top of the 33-million given to the West Coast’s Tai Poutini Polytechnic in February.

Media Releases


New pathway to residential special schools

NZGovt: A new direct-access pathway for students to attend residential special schools will be available later this year.

Government support for Unitec and Whitireia

NZGovt: The Government will provide Unitec with a $50 million loan and Whitireia with a capital injection of $15 million to support them while they work towards securing their long-term financial stability.

Cash injection for polytech signals need for major change

TEU: The government’s decision to provide a $15m bailout for Whitireia Polytechnic and moves to replace the joint Whitireia-Weltec council with a commissioner is further evidence of the need to fundamentally rethink the funding, governance, and management models used in the tertiary education sector says the Tertiary Education Union.

Te Rito NZ supports proposed changes to home Child education

Te Rito: ‘The proposals are all about raising the overall quality of early childhood education and improving our young tamariki’s experience in their first 1000 days,’ says Te Rito Maioha Chief Executive, Kathy Wolfe.

Review of home-based ECE services welcomed

ECE: The Early Childhood Council (ECC) Chief Executive Officer, Peter Reynolds, says the ECC supports the review and proposed changes that would better align regulations across the early childhood education (ECE) sector.

Barnardos on home-based early childhood education

Barnardos: Barnardos welcomes Government’s proposals published this week to improve home-based early childhood education (ECE) in Aotearoa New Zealand.



The gap between what business needs and what is being taught in our institutions

There’s a recurring theme in Wellington Chamber of Commerce business confidence surveys: businesses say find it very hard to access or attract people with the skills they need to do the jobs that need doing.


Submission to the review of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) in New Zealand

Rāapa 22 o Here turi kōkā

Learning support strike a far cry from teacher strike

Another week, another strike, although this one was more poignant than prominent.

Helping Kiwi kids comes at a ‘cost to our wellbeing’, say striking learning support specialists

Early intervention teacher Katherine Reilly said her and her colleagues go “above and beyond every day” – but with the demand on their services growing, they’re nearing breaking point.

Media Releases


New proposals for home-based early childhood education

NZGovt: The Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to home-based early childhood education.

Government announces improvements to trades training programmes

NZGovt: The Government is expanding the number of Trades Academy places to help more senior secondary school students into employment, and simplifying the way Māori and Pasifika Trades Training students access the resources they need, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.



Striking teachers have lost the war, even if they win a small pay battle

Primary and intermediate teachers may strike again if their demands for more pay and better working conditions aren’t met.

Damien Grant: Decades of bureaucratic hand-wringing has delivered a broken system

The teachers’ unions have, in recent years, championed opposition to charter schools and a refusal to countenance paying teachers on performance. The inevitable result of these strategies is the enduring low salary for teachers that they are so valiantly marching against.


Rāhina 20 o Here turi kōkā

Education Ministry special needs staff to strike

Ministry of Education staff including psychologists, speech language therapists and occupational therapists have voted to strike on Tuesday, the NZEI union said.

Trade training groups vie with universities for school-leavers

The Industry Training Federation said only 4 percent of young people went from school to trade training, and it hoped to raise that figure with a new “Got a Trade? Got it made” campaign launched today.

Media Releases


Restoring teachers to their own council moves one step closer

NZGovt:  “The Bill gives the teaching profession the right to directly elect seven of their own to their professional and regulatory body.

Tertiary education Annual Maximum Fee Movement for 2019 set

NZGovt: The Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) for tertiary education organisations in 2019 has been set to 2%, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.



Teachers hide behind ‘public smiles and private agony’

Has the balance of power between teacher and student shifted too far in favour of the latter?

John Roughan: Teachers’ pay reflects the way they bargain

How do you reinforce their respect for teachers who want more pay and have refused to work that day to show how angry they are? Children understand that is what a child would do but not adults in their experience.


Rāmere 17 o Here turi kōkā

What lessons do we take from the teachers’ strike

Now the strike is over, the question teachers will have to ask is whether or not it’s had the impact they’d hoped for.

Teachers’ strike: How does a state teacher’s lot compare with private sector and educators around the world?

New Zealand is in the bottom 13 when comparing teachers paid at the top of the scale, according to OECD figures from 2015.

Primary school teachers, principal warn more strike action on the cards

Waikato NZEI teacher representative Michelle Ryan will be involved in pay negotiations in Wellington next week and couldn’t rule out further strike action.

Education, technology and digital divides

There’s a strong case for giving digital technology a greater share of the curriculum.

Rare truancy prosecution a case of ‘last resort’

More than 280,000 New Zealand students were regularly absent from school last year. This year, just one parent has been prosecuted for it.



Kate Hawkesby: Not all teachers are created equal

It’s business as usual again today for schools across the country – kids back into uniforms this morning and back into classrooms.

But how long before the next strike?

Merepeka Raukawa-Tait: Targeting Māori youth not discriminatory

When each programme was advertised we would get calls complaining “Why are ‘you people’ advertising a course for Māori women only? That’s discriminatory. Why isn’t it open for all women to come along?”

These calls were usually handled by Dame June. “Oh please,” she would say. “Since when have they been interested in empowering Māori women? They’re not. They’re just upset the course is specifically targeting Māori women, catering to their needs.”

Te reo naysayers: build a bridge, and don’t be the troll under it

Setting out on my te reo Māori pathway, I naively imagined a positive response to a series of articles on learning a new language. I expected a few ‘why bother?’s, but hoped for mostly messages of support and encouragement. But my second column established the opposite. It was live for less than 12 hours before Stuff disabled comments.