Rāhina 14 o Kohitātea, Monday 14 January

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Strikes, crisis talks and ministry reviews: 2018 gave us a schooling

With the 2019 school year about to start, Stuff asked those at the coalface to turn their grading pen on their respective sector.

Schools use force 13 times a day as classroom ‘chaos’ escalates

Schools are using force to control escalating student “chaos” on average 13 times a day – in some cases with children as young as 4.

School principal pulls regular all-nighters to keep on top of workload

For one night a week, Wendy Sheridan-Smith doesn’t sleep. Instead, the Waikato primary school principal and teacher works through the night in an effort to keep on top of her gruelling workload

Cyber safety: When to let children loose on the web?

Parents are being urged to get to grips with what their children are doing online, amid reports that potential risks to young people from the internet are overtaking drugs and alcohol as a community concern.

Rosemary Hipkins honoured in New Year list

Dr Rosemary Hipkins’ service to science education was recognised in the New Year Honours list when she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

New Year’s honours: The amazing Mrs Tipler recognised for services to maths

A former maths teacher who decided to write her own textbooks has been recognised in the New Year’s honours, becoming an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Maryanne Tipler, now living in the Marlborough Sounds, has been weaving Kiwi culture into textbooks and teacher support resources for 35 years.

Children should not be taught their gender can be changed, says poll for Family First

The poll of 1000 people found 54 per cent did not believe that children should be taught that their gender can be changed through surgery and hormone treatment, compared with 35 per cent who thought they should be taught, and 11 per cent who were unsure.



Our schooling system needs changing – and here’s why

The Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce spent almost six months looking at the evidence and held over 200 meetings all over the country. So is our current education system still relevant? Does it work for you as a parent or school board member? Does it meet the needs of our children today?

Briar Lipson: Time to speak up on ideas from school taskforce

The Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce sees competition and self-governance as bad, collaboration and ministry management as good. It is seductive stuff, if a little Orwellian.

The complexities of moving school start dates to avoid sweltering summer temps

With weather seemingly getting sunnier and temperatures hotter later in January and into February, should we move the school year to start later in February?

Media releases


Charles Darr appointed as Chief Researcher ­

NZCER: The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) is pleased to announce that Charles Darr has been appointed Chief Researcher with a special interest in assessment.



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