Rāmere 28 o Mahuru

Primary teachers and principals ‘resounding’ rejection of new pay deals

Primary teachers and principals are “resolute in their determination” choosing to reject the Ministry of Education‘s latest pay offers and raising the spectre of fresh strike action.

Students around NZ echo mental health care concerns

University students around the country are echoing mounting concerns about long wait times for mental health care. The story of Wellington student Dani Saundry, who was asked to leave her hostel the day after she tried to kill herself last October has triggered a debate about students’ well-being.

Greens aside, little appetite among parties to make NZ Wars compulsory learning

Stuff asks Parliament’s political parties whether they support a move to make the teaching of the NZ Wars compulsory in schools.

New Zealand universities drop out of world’s top 200

The latest Times Higher Education rankings list no New Zealand universities in the top 200 for the first time since the rankings started in 2004.

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Ministry disappointed at rejection of second revised offers

Ministry of Education:  The Ministry will continue to work closely with the NZEI Te Riu Roa to discuss its feedback to the details of the package which delivers increases of 9.3% over three years and which is valued at $569 million over four years.

Multiple education strikes looming

NZ National Party: National’s spokesperson for Education Nikki Kaye is concerned for parents facing potentially multiple strikes over the next six months as a result of the Government’s lack of priority of teacher’s salaries and other funding.

If you were the boss of education in NZ, what would you do?

Office of the Children’s Commissioner: “Everyone I meet has a strong view about education and what we can do to transform it”, says Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner and the Chair of the Guardians of the Education Conversation.



Letters: Collective classroom wisdom

The Ministry of Education does not prohibit teachers from physically restraining children who are behaving dangerously in school. Sometimes things risk getting out of control in a classroom. I think everyone would agree it is better to prevent dangerous situations developing or using de-escalation techniques to calm things down, but that’s not always possible.


Rāapa 26 o Mahuru

Govt aims to recruit 400 overseas teachers to fill teaching gaps

The new target is more than twice the 183 immigrant and expatriate Kiwi teachers who have been approved for relocation grants to move to New Zealand since last December.

Schools could ask for signed consent to teach religious instruction

Religious instruction continues to be taught at many state primary and intermediate schools. They may soon have to ask parents for their consent to do so.

Micro-credentials could be answer to NZ’s cybersecurity skills shortage

Technology giant Cisco and two New Zealand universities are putting a fresh focus on addressing New Zealand’s cybersecurity skills shortage.

Wellington’s Victoria University will change its name to University of Wellington

The capital’s oldest university  is a step closer to becoming the University of Wellington after the campus’ council has voted “yes” to change its name at a meeting on Monday – nine votes in favour, two against.

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Including the Gifted: Professionals Praise Plan

giftEDnz: Specialist educators in gifted education have been waiting over a decade for the government’s promise of giftedness being identified and provided for as a special educational need.



Judy McGregor: Women still struggle to make top of academia

The struggle to achieve gender equality in tertiary education is a glass half-full story.

Rāhina 24 o Mahuru

All kids to be screened for dyslexia, giftedness and other learning needs

The draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan, released by Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin, proposes “a central data collection process” for all children with learning needs – about one in five, or 160,000, schoolchildren.

Massey University council backs under-fire vice-chancellor Jan Thomas

The Massey University Council has backed under-fire vice chancellor Jan Thomas despite emails revealing a push to ban Don Brash from speaking on the Palmerston North campus.

Academics want schools surveyed to see which teach NZ history and which don’t

A hard core of history teachers refuse to teach the country’s colonial history, say two academics.

Choice not compulsion best for reo learning

A leader in the Kōhanga reo movement is speaking out against making Māori lessons compulsory in schools.

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Draft Disability and Learning Support Action Plan released

NZGovt: Children and young people who need extra support are at the heart of a new draft Action Plan released today by Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin.

NZEI welcomes plan to support vulnerable children

NZEI: NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government’s plan for a Learning Support Coordinator in every school to work with our most vulnerable children and to get them the support that they need as part of a draft disability and learning support action plan published today.



Why the inclusion of disabled people still has a long way to go

Let me share some insights as to why the historical mistreatment and oppression of disabled people hasn’t vanished but instead changed in shape. It’s subtle.



Rāmere 21 o Mahuru

Anxiety and family major factors in students skipping school, report finds

Family, a disinterest in class and mental health issues – particularly anxiety – have a major impact on student rolls.

Schools: Rowdy pupils in control

A Far North principals’ association president was hoping a Ministry of Education meeting in Wellington on Friday to review guidelines on the restraint of children would result in change. He was disappointed.

New Zealand’s school-taught colonial history is racist and needs changing, say teachers

Underlying racism is dictating how New Zealand’s history is being taught in schools, members of the Māori Affairs Select Committee have heard.

‘No kids get kissed behind bike sheds anymore’ – Sport NZ

A new study has confirmed what many older people suspect – today’s teenagers are less fit and weigh more than their parents did at their age. So why has adolescent fitness gone backwards? Susie Ferguson talks to Sport NZ’s chief executive, Peter Miskimmin.

Bay of Plenty principals say teachers working sick as schools struggle to find relievers

Teachers are going to work sick as schools struggle to find relief staff to cover absences, Bay of Plenty principals say.

Massey University’s board is moving against its vice-chancellor

Emails between Massey University’s vice-chancellor Jan Thomas and a staffer were released on Wednesday, outlining Professor Thomas’s objection to having Don Brash speak on campus.

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One million assessments to support teaching and learning

NZCER: School students have completed over one million online assessments in the four years since the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) began offering Progressive Achievement Tests (PATs) online.

Outdated Education and Workplace Training

Accenture: Outdated Education and Workplace Training Put at Risk US$11.5 Trillion in Growth Promised by Intelligent Technologies, Finds Accenture.

Teachers welcome return of democracy at Teaching Council

NZEI: NZEI Te Riu Roa says teachers will welcome the return of their democratic right to elect members of the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (formerly Education Council).

Early childhood teachers a priority for recruitment drive

ECNZ: Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand Chief Executive, Kathy Wolfe today expressed her expectation that the Ministry of Education’s newly launched teacher recruitment drive will include a focus on early childhood teachers.

Rāapa 19 o Mahuru

Focus on mental health education in schools after ‘concerning’ health survey

A global survey of 15,000 people, conducted by Cigna Insurance, has revealed just half of New Zealanders feel they can take care of their children’s health and wellbeing, with even fewer reporting being able to meet their educational needs.

Chris Hipkins moves to appoint commissioner to two Wellington-based polytechnics

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has set in motion the appointment of a commissioner to Wellington-based polytechnics Whitireia and WelTec to address “financial woes”.

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Support Workers ratify pay equity settlement for education

NZEI: NZEI Te Riu Roa is pleased to announce on Suffrage Day, the ratification of the pay equity settlement for 329 Education Support Workers who work for the Ministry of Education.

Teachers to be given a stronger voice with passing of Bill

NZGovt: The Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Bill has passed its final reading today, restoring the voice of teachers on their own professional body, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Proposal to increase Export Education Levy

NZGovt: The Ministry of Education is looking at options to make the Export Education Levy (EEL) fund more sustainable to protect New Zealand’s reputation as a study destination, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Kua whakatū anō a Robin Hapi ki Te Mātāwai

NZGovt: Māori Development Minister Hon Nanaia Mahuta is pleased to reappoint Mr Robin Hapi CNZM (Ngāti Kahungunu) to the Board of Te Mātāwai.




Rāhina 17 o Mahuru

Six of New Zealand’s worst performing schools placed in secret ‘turnaround’ pilot programme

It aims to provide urgent, customised interventions in schools where a “perfect storm” of poor leadership, teaching and student achievement has persisted for at least three official review terms, or at schools in “a rapid state of decline”.

Learning in a Maori way

As a young Maori woman, I have experienced both mainstream and kura kaupapa education. School is often a difficult and confusing time for me.

Want to be a doctor, lawyer or engineer? Don’t grow up poor

Want to be rich? Don’t be born poor. Only one in 100 entrants to our elite university courses come from the most deprived homes, a Weekend Herald investigation has found.

Nicholas Tampio: children need to learn in the real world, not the virtual one

From Saturday Morning with Kim Hill on RNZ National.

Clothes, beds, rent money: What teachers give their students

Ninety children clamour around the lunch tables at Alfriston College in Manukau, eager for the hot meal that’s served every Wednesday. By 1.30pm, 180 students will have been fed.

Whangārei principal Pat Newman says child restraint rules are ‘PC gone mad’

The Te Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association president and Hora Hora Primary School principal is talking about child restraint guidelines which were introduced last year.

Top teaching awards go to Auckland academics

Two University of Auckland academics have won prestigious national teaching awards. Associate Professors Dr Christine Woods and Dr Mānuka Hēnare…

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Building the best education system in the world

Beehive: The Government has set an ambitious goal of building the best education system in the world, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says.

New campaign to attract te reo Māori teachers

MoE: Ka whakaaturia tētahi pānuitanga reo Māori hou i runga pouaka whakaata i tēnei wiki. Ko tāna he whai kia tokomaha ake ngā kaiako e hiahiatia ana i Aotearoa nei, mā ngā kōrero tūturu mō ngā āhutanga e hihiri ai ngā kaiako, e whaihua ai hoki tā rātou mahi.

Launch of Tapasā to help teachers

Beehive: Associate Minister of Education Jenny Salesa has today launched a cultural competency tool for teachers working with Pacific learners at Otahuhu Primary School in South Auckland.

te reo Maori should be taught at primary school

StatisticsNZ, See also: Kia ora koutou Mo te wiki ō te reo Māori! The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW).


Kiwis be warned: the global jobs market demands polyglots

Simon Draper: Learning foreign languages in school is now essential if we want out children to be able to compete in the global jobs market.

How the Irish have embraced compulsory language learning

Kristin Hall: Our government wants to see one million Kiwis speaking te reo Māori by 2040. It’s an admirable goal, and long overdue given that everyone would still be speaking it if it wasn’t for a gang of jodhpur-wearing whiteys with guns.

Teaching our kids about finance, in any language

Banquer: All Kiwi kids deserve to be taught financial education in a way that works for them, Kendall Flutely writes.

Rāmere 14 o Mahuru

Carlton School principal frustrated about lack of support from Ministry of Education to promote te reo curriculum

A Whanganui primary school principal says Education Minister Chris Hipkins needs to put his money where his mouth is. See also: Te reo Māori on the airwaves at Te Akau ki Papamoa Primary School and Every week is Te Wiki o te Reo at Maraenui Bilingual School

Do we need to make te reo Māori compulsory?

Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission) has advocated moving away from the word “compulsory” when discussing te reo Māori in schools, and Davis agrees it has negative connotations. See also: Māori Language Week 2018: Shortage of Māori language teachers ‘only going to get worse’ and Should learning an Indigenous language be compulsory at school? and ‘Maori is endangered’

Govt plans elite mātauranga Māori school for youth

An elite Māori language school to be piloted in 2020 will invest in youth excelling in te ao Māori.

History teacher: Students say NZ Wars ‘too boring’

Students born overseas are more interested in maths and science than New Zealand’s past, a history teacher says. See also: Calls to make NZ Wars compulsory learning fails to find favour with Education Minister


Students at all-girls school in Southland protest absence of trades classes

Female students are calling for trades classes to be offered at their Southland all-girls school.

Call for St Bede’s College rector to resign after teacher who confessed sex abuse continued working

A man who was sexually abused by a former teacher of a Christchurch catholic school is calling for its rector to resign after he allowed the confessed offender to continue teaching.

Latest teacher and principal pay offer doesn’t impress


Primary school teachers may reject the Ministry of Education’s latest collective agreement offer. See also: New pay offer on the table for primary school teachers


Why do we keep getting sexuality education in schools so wrong?

NZ Family Planning: The Education Review Office (ERO) has released a new report on sexuality education in New Zealand primary and secondary schools. See also: Porn needs to be discussed with young people as it’s their primary sex education

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Cohort entry to stay for children five years and over

Beehive: Legislation for grouped (cohort) entry into schools for children aged five and over has been introduced in Parliament today, as signalled earlier this year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

Minister’s changes put children at risk

National Party: The Education Minister must reconsider the Government’s industrial law changes which threaten to disrupt early childhood education services and may put children at risk, National’s spokesperson for Early Childhood Education Nicola Willis says.

Beehive: Funding for South Island schools

$4 million for Sara Cohen School in Dunedin and $10m redevelopment for Oxford Area School and $8 million for other South Island schools