Primary school teachers are disappointed not to have a new pay offer two weeks after striking, their union’s president says.
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.
A mother took her son out of a north Auckland school because of “concerning religious instruction”, which it was difficult to opt out of.
The digital pick-a-path book is aimed to help children aged four to seven make positive choices in a bullying scenario.
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.
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.
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.
A series of wānanga throughout the country will help shape the future for Māori education, Associate Education Minister, Kelvin Davis says.
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.
Ministry of Education figures show the number of private childcare providers rose by almost a quarter, or 1168 centres, nationally since 2002.
Parents and caregivers collectively spent $9.8m on NCEA fees in 2016, for Kiwi kids’ so-called free education.
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.
Our traditional community not-for-profit kindergartens are struggling while privately owned childcare centres seem to be overflowing.
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 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 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.
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.”
Physical education is no longer just running and athletics. It’s physical education, but not as you remember it.
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.
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.
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.
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 University is insisting it will retain its name, location and identity in any merger with the University of Canterbury.
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.
NZGovt: A new direct-access pathway for students to attend residential special schools will be available later this year.
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.
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: ‘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.
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: Barnardos welcomes Government’s proposals published this week to improve home-based early childhood education (ECE) in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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.
Another week, another strike, although this one was more poignant than prominent.
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.
NZGovt: The Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to home-based early childhood education.
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.
Primary and intermediate teachers may strike again if their demands for more pay and better working conditions aren’t met.
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.
Ministry of Education staff including psychologists, speech language therapists and occupational therapists have voted to strike on Tuesday, the NZEI union said.
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.
NZGovt: “The Bill gives the teaching profession the right to directly elect seven of their own to their professional and regulatory body.
NZGovt: The Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM) for tertiary education organisations in 2019 has been set to 2%, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.
Has the balance of power between teacher and student shifted too far in favour of the latter?
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.
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.
New Zealand is in the bottom 13 when comparing teachers paid at the top of the scale, according to OECD figures from 2015.
Waikato NZEI teacher representative Michelle Ryan will be involved in pay negotiations in Wellington next week and couldn’t rule out further strike action.
There’s a strong case for giving digital technology a greater share of the curriculum.
More than 280,000 New Zealand students were regularly absent from school last year. This year, just one parent has been prosecuted for it.
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?
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.”
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.