Rāmere 14 o Hakihea

NZ school curriculum under fire from US academic Tony Wagner

A Harvard University education expert says the school curriculum “created a century ago” needs updating, but most local high-school principals do not agree. Dr Tony Wagner, a senior research fellow at Harvard University…

Schools ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Tomorrow’s Schools review recommendations

School leaders are “cautiously optimistic” about radical reforms recommended by an independent taskforce last week, which said there was no evidence self-governance had helped schools improve equity or lift student achievement.

Teen loses 28kg after school bans fizzy drinks

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Hoani Waititi is one of 40 West Auckland schools which have pledged to go water-first over the past year.

Employment programme getting young adults off the benefit and into work

An employment programme is helping Taranaki young adults get off the benefit and into work.

Up to $50 million paid for fees-free students who either failed or withdrew

The Government is potentially spending up to $53 million a year on its flagship fees-free policy for students that have either withdrawn from or failed tertiary courses.

Young creator in Cambridge forges a different path in education and growth

Grace Andrews, 15, chose to leave school at the end of term three last year. She was a year nine student, just getting started at high school.

Christchurch YMCA opens new 24/7 technology centre for youth

Christchurch youth not in education, employment or training will now have access to a brand new technology centre offering them a space they can call their own.

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New Zealand’s First Cyber Prep Academy

Unitec: New Zealand’s First Cyber Prep Academy Designed to Address Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

Kiwis agree – give teachers what they need

PPTA: Polling over recent months shows 89% of Kiwis want more money spent on education, ahead of other issues.

Early Childhood Council presents petition to Parliament

Early Childhood Council: Delivered a petition to Parliament seeking scrutiny of the way the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is applied to Pasifika early childhood education teachers.


Editorial: All parties must work together to fix education

Where does one start? When will it all end? Teachers are hitting the streets in protest at onerous workloads and poor pay, principals are leaving their posts because of stress.

Why our school sport system is completely broken

The drama raging over the ruthless rugby recruitment of Auckland private school St Kentigern’s College is an illustration of what’s wrong with school sport in New Zealand.


Rāapa 12 o Hakihea Wednesday 12 December

My year in review: Chris Hipkins, Minister of Education

Chris Hipkins speaks to EducationHQ about his thoughts on the year that was 2018.

Excellence in teaching awards

Yolande Franke, principal of Howick Intermediate School is one of the 15 inspirational educators nominated from 2000 applications for the Australian Scholarship Grant (ASG) National Excellence in Teaching Award.

800 overseas teachers ready for schools to hire for 2019, Ministry of Education says

On Wednesday morning, the ministry claimed it had received more than 5800 applications from overseas teachers to work in New Zealand, “with hundreds currently making their way through the recruitment pipeline”. That is about 2800 more applications than in mid-November. Schools have hired 150 overseas applicants through ministry recruitment agents – 50 more than last month.

DXC Technology launches programme to help people on the autism spectrum build ICT careers

The launch of the DXC Dandelion Programme in New Zealand is critical given the constant evolution, change and demand for new talent in the IT industry.

Labour will support National bill on language classes at primary school

National Party education spokeswoman Nikki Kaye has won Labour’s support for her second-language bill.

NZ First will be the only party in Parliament to oppose National’s ‘own’ language policy

New Zealand First will be the only party in Parliament to oppose legislation which would promote teaching children a second language in school.

Trips to Canada, South Korea, Gold Coast and Hawaii catch Auditor-General’s attention

Schools are forking out tens of thousands of dollars on overseas school trips despite the Office of the Auditor-General warning they breached Ministry of Education guidelines.

More than 60 schools broke laws and regulations – auditor

More than 60 schools broke laws and regulations last year, and a further 44 had such bad financial problems the Education Ministry had to promise to underwrite them, an auditor report has revealed.

Pepper the robot takes MPs’ questions

Pepper the Robot made history today as it took its place before MPs to answer questions about preparing children for the fourth industrial revolution. The robot, “a resident” of Middlesex University, was even given a name label on the desk as it fielded questions from members of the Commons education select committee.



Carol Anderson: How the education reform proposals might affect schools, trustees and parents

The report by the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Task Force has been described as “a major shake-up” to the administration and governance of schools. The proposed changes could have some real benefits for school trustees and principals.

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Minister wants ‘wider discussion’ on proposed schooling changes

NZGovt: The Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce is proposing significant changes to the way our schools are run, governed, and managed to ensure every student receives the best quality education in future, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

New appointments to Tertiary Education Commission Board

NZGovt: Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced two appointments to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Board. Former CPIT Board Chair Jenn Bestwick and Vivien Bridgwater, formerly of AUT and Auckland’s regional economic growth agency, ATEED, have each been appointed for three-year terms.



Rāhina 10 o Hakihea, Monday 10 December

Tomorrow’s Schools Review: All you need to know about the proposed education shake-up

The report, which follows five months of nationwide consultation, says the Board of Trustees model has created a ‘my school’ mentality of unhealthy competition that has led to inequity. If this is not addressed through a transformational change, the economic and social consequences will be dire.

Radical schools report recommends stripping boards of trustees’ powers

The Tomorrow’s Schools independent taskforce has recommended huge changes in education, including curtailing boards of trustees’ roles, limiting out-of-zone enrolments, and ending the decile system.

Review poses ‘very big question marks’ over intermediate schools’ place in education

The findings of a Government-appointed taskforce into Tomorrow’s Schools system have cast a shadow over the future of the country’s 115 intermediate schools.

‘Disempowering parents’: Mixed reactions to education shake-up

“The hubs would see a major reduction in the power and duties of boards of trustees and parents in our education system, including taking responsibility for expulsions, final decision making rights on enrolments and zoning, and the employment of principals.”

Auckland Grammar principal slams proposal to cap school donations

The principal of one of New Zealand’s most elite public colleges says he’d have to lay off teachers if proposals to cap school donations go ahead.

More than 160,000 Kiwi kids don’t get enough good food

The Monitor, released on Monday morning, said there was no new data on child poverty in New Zealand, but it put a “spotlight on critical areas”.

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Transformational change needed to reform Education system

Human Rights Commission: The Human Rights Commission welcomes the release of the Tomorrows Schools Independent Taskforce: “Our schooling futures: Stronger Together’ Report. Acting Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says the recommendations in the report are an opportunity to create an education system that is innovative, flexible and focused on collaboration rather than in competition.

Tomorrow’s Schools recommendations welcomed

NZEI: Our nation’s children are finally being put at the heart of the education system.

Rāmere 9 o Hakihea

‘No rush into NCEA changes’ – Education Minister Chris Hipkins

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says there is still no agreement on how to change the senior school exam system and it will not change before 2020 “at the earliest”. He told a “co-design lab” in Wellington that New Zealanders clearly didn’t all agree yet on how to change the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

Education Ministry refuses to pay for teacher registration while no agreements with unions in force

Some teachers are upset that the Ministry of Education won‘t pay for their professional registration to be renewed while there are industrial negotiations underway and no settlement.

Govt doubles tax on private tertiary institutes for overseas student fees

The Government is almost doubling a tax on international student fees for private tertiary providers, but has signalled that the tax could be tied to the quality of education in future.

Christchurch secondary schools first in NZ to get wellbeing and resilience training

Dr Lucy Hone is on a mission get resilience training into New Zealand schools* – and she’s starting with Christchurch. The New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience director has led five wellbeing hui with staff from all 33 Greater Christchurch high schools this year.

Crackdown on religious teaching not enough for secular group

The government is cracking down on religious education classes with new guidelines for schools, but the secular group which pushed for change still isn’t happy. The Secular Education Network has been lobbying for more than a decade for the classes to be banned, and its supporters have swamped the Ministry of Education with complaints.

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Research projects share $1.4 million in funding

Teaching and Learning Research Initiative: The Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) supports partnerships between researchers and educators by funding projects expected to improve outcomes for learners.

This year’s funding of over $1.4 million has been allocated to six projects, one in the early childhood education sector and five in the school sector.

Ministry response to NZEI Te Riu Roa ballot result

Ministry of Education: “NZEI members have voted to reject the Ministry’s revised offer to settle primary principals’ and teachers’ collective agreements. We now invite NZEI to return to the bargaining table to discuss options for settling the collective to meet their member’s priorities within the $698 million package.”

 Export Education rates released

NZGovt: New rates for the levy paid by international education providers balance their interests with the need to both promote the sector and address failures when they occur, Education Minister Chris Hipkins has said. The Export Education Levy (EEL) is collected from providers to fund a broad range of activities including marketing and promotion. It also funds reimbursements for international students caught out by Private Training Establishment (PTE) programme and provider closures.

Rāapa 5 o Hakihea Wednesday 5 December

Primary teachers and principals reject Ministry of Education’s latest offer

Primary and intermediate teachers and principals have “overwhelmingly” rejected the Government’s latest pay offer saying it will not fix the industry’s staffing “crisis”.

About 30,000 New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa (NZIE) union members voted on what was the third round of offers, in a secret online ballot that closed last night.

Game-changer’: 600 dedicated teachers for high needs children

Jacinda Ardern says the new funding for 600 dedicated registered teachers to support children with complex learning needs will be a “game-changer.”

“If a child needs support and is not getting it, that’s not fair, and I’m not prepared to tolerate it,” the Prime Minister told the Labour Party conference in Dunedin.

Science educator shocked by children’s poor science results

Teachers lack the confidence and resources to deliver meaningful science lessons, an expert says.

Four in five students are not prepared for high school-level science, study finds

Ninety-four per cent of year 4 students achieved the level expected in science last year compared to 20 per cent of year 8 students – the lowest achievement of any part of the curriculum – the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA) found.

Primary school pupil numbers rising and teacher numbers down

South Canterbury primary schools are full to the brim for next year but finding enough teachers to teach them is a different story.

14 NCEA subjects to offer digital exams in 2019

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) said on Monday it could offer 35 online exams between levels 1 to 3 by next November to move as many subjects online “as appropriate” and meet its 2020 digital goal which it marked as “the way of the future”.

Public feedback provides guide for the future of NCEA

Thousands of New Zealanders’ views on NCEA and its future have been captured in a report released by the Ministry of Education last week.



Andrew Dickens: Why aren’t Kiwi kids interested in science?

It was the National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement. It wasn’t the first time I came across this report, but these days it’s gained more importance because ever since the incoming government scrapped National Standards, it is one of the few tools we have to measure the effectiveness of our education.

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NZTC addresses ECE teacher shortage in practical ways

New Zealand Tertiary College:  New Zealand’s largest provider of early childhood teacher education has taken decisive action to address the critical shortage of qualified early childhood teachers.


Rāhina 3 o Hakihea Monday 3 December

NCEA report underscores areas for improvement

A review into the National Certificate of Educational Achievement, or NCEA, has given the secondary school assessment format a mixed report card.

Compiled by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER), the report found 63 percent of people did not feel the system worked well, while 67 percent felt it hindered “good teaching and learning”.

Education Ministry questions NCEA’s credibility – internal assessment seen as ‘easier’

The Ministry of Education is questioning the credibility of the senior school assessment system after finding that students are two to three times more likely to get “excellence” grades if they are internally assessed – by their own teachers.

External exams – An essential check, or a ‘colonial system’?

Views extremely mixed on value of external examinations.

Teacher shortage a ‘catastrophe’ in 2017 – now it’s worse

Secondary schools around the country are going into the new year nearly 1500 teachers short. The extent of the shortage was revealed in a new survey conducted by the Post-Primary Teachers’ Association.

School guidance counsellors operating in ‘crisis mode’

High school guidance counsellors are struggling with low staffing levels and a deluge of mental health issues, leading to rushed appointments and service compromises.

Mental health service for Canterbury schools receives 500+ requests in seven months

The Government promised 80 mental health professionals for post-quake Canterbury schools. They are not just working in the classroom.

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Public feedback provides guide for the future of NCEA

Ministry of Education: Thousands of New Zealanders’ views on NCEA and its future have been captured in a report released by the Ministry of Education today.

The report, compiled by the New Zealand Council for Education Research (NZCER), analyses the feedback gathered from surveys, formal submissions, workshops, in-depth interviews and focus groups.