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Schools illegally refusing to enrol local children

Schools are illegally refusing to enrol children by saying their classrooms are too full or insisting on permanent addresses for families in emergency housing.

Millions of dollars needed to end intermediate school system, principal warns

Abolishing the intermediate school system shouldn’t be attempted without a commitment from government to invest millions of dollars, a Nelson school principal warns.

Education leaders concerned that school heads are boosting student rolls to line their own pockets

Principals are accused of poaching students to grow their school rolls – and line their own pockets.

ESOL funds cut riles principals

A cut to English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) funding by the Ministry of Education has left school principals angry and scrambling to find ways to fund ESOL teachers they have already employed for 2019.

NCEA exams unlikely to be fully digital by 2020 – NZQA

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority is unlikely to reach its target of having NCEA exams completed online by 2020.

Ministry of Education Pacific language books recognised

A series of books designed to help Pacific children with literacy was awarded last week at the SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards in Auckland.

Struggling to learn: kids who learn differently struggle in schools

A three-part Herald series starting today investigates why schools are struggling to cope with kids who are “wired differently”. Tomorrow we report on the brain science of learning differences, and on Wednesday we ask how we could do better.

Why early diagnosis of autism should lead to early intervention

(Australian content) Research suggests children can be reliably diagnosed with autism before the age of two. It also shows that many of the behavioural symptoms of autism are present before the age of one.

Deadly waters: New Zealand’s drowning problem more than a disturbing statistic

To stop drowning in our disturbing statistics, New Zealand needs to change four things now: funding, the national curriculum, behaviours toward the water, and aiding minority groups over-represented in data, Water Safety NZ CEO John Mills says.

Ban on school prize givings may damage students, says headmaster

An Auckland Secondary school headmaster says banning school prize givings at a primary school level could be damaging to students.

Media releases

Teachers ready for schools to recruit for 2019

Ministry of Education: Around 550 overseas teachers are already screened and ready for principals to hire – to cover vacancies in our primary and secondary schools for next year.

Local support for new EIT Institute of Sport and Health

EIT: Local companies and organisations have given millions of dollars in funding partnerships for a new sport and health centre being built at the Hawke’s Bay Regional Sports Park in Hastings.

School boards of trustees cost-effective and under-valued

NZSTA: School boards of trustees have been the most cost-effective part of the education system for the past 30 years, says the New Zealand School Trustees Association.

Tomorrow’s Schools

NZPF: Last Friday, the much anticipated Tomorrow’s Schools final report was released by the Task Force. Most in our sector welcomed the report which signals some major changes.


Jonathan Milne: As a schoolboy, the education minister took on failing leaders; he won’t hesitate to do it again

The man who is now the education minister was, in the 1990s, a few years behind me at the struggling Hutt Valley Memorial College.

It’s high time we ended segregation in our school system

The final destination for New Zealand’s educational white flight is looking hilariously, refreshingly, ethnic in recommendations from the Government’s school system review.