Rāmere 22 o Hui-tanguru

Primary school teachers plan stopworks, may have new pay offer

Primary school teachers will hold crucial stopwork meetings next month which may either settle their pay dispute or lead to further strikes.

Pay equity bill puts teachers’ case at risk – PPTA

A provision in the Government’s equal pay legislation could significantly delay an active pay equity claim affecting 3500 teachers.

The PPTA says the transitional provision in the Government’s Equal Pay Amendment Bill could block the union’s ongoing equal pay case, forcing them to go back to square one after 16 years and about $400,000.

Government agency Education NZ fears polytechnic reform may scare off international students

The agency in charge of marketing NZ education overseas, Education New Zealand, has emailed private training providers asking for feedback on “international chatter” about the proposal to merge all 16 existing polytechnicsinto a single NZ Institute of Skills and Technology.

Home educators to shape up or ship out

The Government is moving to rein in the home early childhood care sector, requiring home-based educators to become qualified.

System failing at-risk school children, Government says

The system set up to support teenagers kicked out of mainstream schools is the latest tranche of the education sector in line for a shake-up, as the Government reveals plans to change a model it says is “not working” for at risk youth.

Home-based child care industry reacts to mandatory qualification rule

State-subsidised home-based care of young children will become more professional with a minimum qualification, the Government has announced.

Home-based early childhood education has been the fastest growing part of the early learning sector, earning $150 million in subsidies a year.

Stressed Auckland teachers drop to four-day week: ‘The workload is killing people’

Teachers at a West Auckland school have dropped to a four-day week this year in an attempt to regain work-life balance.

Manawatū mother continues quest to clue-up teachers on caring for kids with autism

A Manawatū teacher is lauding the benefits of a course helping teachers better understanding kids with autism, made possible by one mum’s drive to demystify the disorder.

Auckland secondary school accused of rape culture for telling female students they’re distracting male teachers

A senior staff member from Rangitoto College, New Zealand’s largest secondary school, is said to have told Year 13 female students, who are permitted to wear mufti, on several occasions this year that what they’re wearing is proving a distraction to their male teachers, and that the male teachers “didn’t know where to look”.

New Zealand’s Top Schools Under Fire for Banning Afros, Braided Hairstyles

Uniform policies at several of New Zealand’s premiere schools are being slammed as “racist” and “discriminatory” for prohibiting Afros, braids and other natural hairstyles common among people of African descent.



Let’s take educational theories with a grain of salt

It’s harrowing to learn that the strategies you choose to use as an early career teacher will invariably be with you for your entire professional life.

Greg Ashman, Head of Research at Clarendon College in Victoria,  makes this pronouncement in his recent book, The Truth about Teaching: An evidence-informed guide for new teachers.

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Crown launches commitment to te reo Māori

Māori Development Minister, Hon Nanaia Mahuta, says the Crown’s commitment to ensure basic te reo is spoken by a million people in 2040 took a major step forward.  The Maihi Karauna, the Crown’s Māori language strategy, was launched at Te Matatini in recognition of the festival’s passion and commitment to te reo. This strategy is intended to complement the Maihi Maori which supports iwi, hapū and whānau aspirations towards te reo māori revitalisation.



Rāapa 20 o Hui-tanguru

Compulsory qualifications planned for home-based early childhood education and childcare

The new regime, to be unveiled by Education Minister Chris Hipkins today, will require home-based carers to have, or be working towards, early childhood education qualifications at Level 4 in the qualifications system – one year beyond the top high school exams.

Tomorrow’s Schools meeting: Teachers speak out against Bali Haque’s plan to make them ‘numbers in a spreadsheet’

Teachers and principals have spoken out at an emotional public meeting against Government taskforce proposals which they say would move them around schools “like numbers in a spreadsheet”.

One in 10 primary schools still short of teachers – NZEI

The result is an apparent improvement from the union’s last survey last September, which found that 52 per cent of principals said they did not have all the teachers they needed.

Stress and long hours for school leaders at all-time high

New research on workload, hours of work and sources of stress on school leaders’ health and wellbeing conducted from August to November 2018 shows that school leaders are working long hours and are significantly more stressed than the general population.

Green School New Zealand to be built in Oakura, Taranaki, and open in 2020

A revolutionary approach to education, based on ideals of sharing and caring for the environment is coming to New Zealand.



Children don’t need male teachers, they need positive role models

In this modern age, men are perceived as being the change that is needed for Early Childhood Education (ECE), but I am of the opinion this is wrong. Men and women are both needed in the teaching profession across all age groups and should be valued as equal contributors to the intellectual minds of the younger generation.

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Home-based early childhood education to move to become a fully-qualified workforce

NZGovt: The government subsidised education and care of young children that takes place in the educator’s home or in the child’s home will become professionalised, to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today.

NZ Maori Council launches National Taskforce on Education

NZ Maori Council: With reforms abound in the education sector from schools to technical and vocational education, the New Zealand Maori Council has launched a new national taskforce to bring new ideas and thinking to the concept of lifelong learning “This is not just about one part of the education system for Maori its about the end to end life long process of learning and how we can harness that to project our people forward.” Said Matthew Tukaki.


Rāhina 18 o Hui-tanguru

Chinese student downturn may hits NZ parents in pockets

The number of Chinese students enrolling in New Zealand schools have plunged by more than 1000 this year, amid record numbers of last-minute cancellations.

Shock, apprehension and hope: Can the radical plan to fix New Zealand’s polytechnics work?

Some polytechnics are flying high; others are dead weight. Can a plan to bring them together fix the sector’s woes?

What the future might look like for New Zealand’s polytechnics

This week, the government proposed a major shakeup of New Zealand’s polytechnics and industry training organisations (ITOs). Associate professor at MAINZ Dr John Bassett weighs up both the pros and cons of this controversial move.

The devil is in the details for the new ‘mega-polytechnic’

The government’s plan for a monster merger of all 16 polytechnics and institutes of technology has taken everyone by surprise, but some might say they had it coming.

Southern Institute of Technology battle, why Southlanders should care

It was a community triumph. In 2000 the Southern Institute of Technology student numbers were 1100 and declining. Chief executive Penny Simmonds said the situation was dire. SIT needed a point of difference and they found it through a united Southland front and the zero fees scheme.

Proposals to fix the ‘broken’ education sector shakes top-of-the-south

A proposed overhaul to polytechnics could see big changes to the top of the south education sector, including job cuts.

New overseas teachers staying with school principal because of Auckland’s housing crisis

A West Auckland school principal has opened her own home to two new staff as teachers recruited from overseas struggle to find housing in Auckland’s squeezed housing market.

Waikato University plans three-term year

Waikato University Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says the university will shift to a trimester academic year in 2020.

$206 million Lincoln University research facility scrapped

Plans for a $206 million research facility at Lincoln University have been scrapped. And Selwyn MP Amy Adams has laid the blame for the failure at the feet of the Education Minister Chris Hipkins, saying the lack of support from the Government was a “slap in the face”.

A long road to the truth in Wintec case

On Monday, Audit New Zealand released its bombshell report into spending at Wintec on overseas trips, gifts and redundancy and severance payouts. The 27-page report found Wintec was unable to provide an account of how it spent public money.

EU copyright revamp targets digital uploaders like Google, Facebook

Europe is looking to force Google, Facebook and others to share revenue with artists, journalists and other creators and build copyright “upload filters”, in the EU’s biggest overhaul of copyright law in decades.



The country is facing skills shortages

For New Zealand to thrive as a nation we need an education and training system that provides our workforce with the skills that our businesses and industries are looking for.

‘Crying need’ for wholesale change in polytechnic sector

We all agree we need more skilled workers. How we train them is up for debate.

Polytech shakeup is long overdue

The shakeup of our polytechnics is long overdue. It is ludicrous to have a bums-on-seats model for funding. And in this day and age, when the world is moving faster than ever before, we can’t have crusty old lecturers standing in front of a whiteboard, training the workers of tomorrow.

If we don’t learn about NZ’s history at school, we’ll lose our identity

If we are to live in this country we should be taught about the events that helped form the New Zealand we live in today.

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Reforms of NZ vocational education “bravest move in decades”

Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association: The Tertiary Institutes Allied Staff Association (TIASA) which represent non-teaching – (allied/professional) – staff throughout the NZ tertiary education sector, says the reform of vocational education proposals released by Education Minister Chris Hipkins are the biggest changes since the 30 year old ‘Learning for Life’ tertiary education changes that created the current system.

A new future for work skills training in NZ

Quality Public Education Coalition: QPEC welcomes the Minister’s refreshing approach to Vocational Education, including the proposal for a new funding model for the sector that removes competition among institutes. We look forward to much enhanced certainty, stability, and equity for the polytechnics.

A chance to improve early childhood education training

NZEI Te Riu Roa: The Minister of Education’s bold proposal for reform in the polytechnic sector announced on Wednesday could have a positive impact on those early childhood teachers who access their training through polytechnics by reducing unnecessary competition and improving teaching, says NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart.





Rāmere 15 o Hui-tanguru

‘NZ Institute of Skills and Technology’: 16 polytechs to merge under government proposal

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said the plan was challenging but necessary for shoring up a sector that had suffered falling enrolments and multi-million dollar deficits.

‘The system’s broken’ – Education Minister says Polytech restructure will help teachers

Excessive duplication has led to the proposal, Chris Hipkins says, not a lack of hard work.

Government proposes merging 16 polytechnics and technology institutes into single entity

With polytechnics and training organisations facing what one commentator called a “perfect storm” of demographic shift and government policy changes, Hipkins on Wednesday released his proposal to strengthen the “broken” sector.

Polytechnic mega-merger will take over apprentices and industry trainees

The proposed NZ Institute of Skills and Technology will take over programme design and administration for all campuses of what are now 16 separate polytechnics. It will also take over enrolling and managing apprentices and industry trainees from what are now 11 industry training organisations (ITOs).

Big polytech plan would go down smoother with National’s help

Similar to the Tomorrow’s Schools review, at its core the proposal removes competition from the education sector. The concern is that Education Minister Chris Hipkins may be pushing his ideological education agenda too far with these changes, with a degree of support from the other side of the aisle needed for reform to be enduring.

Timeline tight for critical skills education reform

Business and education providers have just six weeks to respond to a radical proposal from Education Minister Chris Hipkins to reform the vocational training system.

The minister says change is urgent and needs to start soon for some parts to be ready for 2020.

SIT critical of proposal to merge training providers

Southern Institute of Technology chief executive Penny Simmonds says she’s “shell shocked” at a government proposal to merge Industry Training Providers throughout New Zealand into a single entity.

Polytech merger plan welcomed by Taranaki’s Witt

Witt CEO John Snook said the proposal to merge polytechs was a positive for the educational institute.

New Zealand: first-time study visa grants maintain level

“2018 was a year of change for New Zealand international education,” EducationNew Zealand chief executive Grant McPherson told The PIE News.

Whangārei hub brings together 44 schools, 600 teachers to improve education

Grant Burns, principal of Tauraroa Area School, said each Kahui Ako has its own individual student achievement goals, but the joint goal of the five was to improve student wellbeing by tackling three major issues – attendance, transience, and mental health.



Joining together to save polytechs

EDITORIAL: Chris Hipkins must have some idea of what British Prime Minister Theresa May is going through. The pursuit of a perfect solution in an imperfect world, the promotion of one group’s interests without impacting on those of others.

Political Roundup: Fixing Treaty ignorance in politics and schools

This year’s Waitangi commemorations will be mostly remembered for two debates – whether the Prime Minister should be able to recite the detail of the Treaty of Waitangi, and whether the teaching of the Treaty and colonial history in New Zealand should be compulsory.

Male ECE teachers are sought after, but we have to be cautious

I love working in ECE, but I’m not sure I would recommend it as a career for other men.

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A new future for work skills training in NZ

NZGovt: Education Minister Chris Hipkins has released wide-ranging proposals for strengthening vocational education so that school leavers get high quality training opportunities, employers get the skills they need and New Zealanders are better equipped for the changing nature of work.

To dismantle a thriving ITO sector is illogical

Skills Active: Skills Active Aotearoa, the ITO for sport, recreation and performing arts, applauds the Education Minister’s decision to make a much-needed step-change to stem the flow of money into supporting the failing polytechnic network in New Zealand, says chief executive Dr Grant Davidson. However, industry training is a comparatively lean and nimble delivery system, owned and driven by the industry it serves.

NZITP response to proposed reform of the ITP sector

NZITP: The CEO’s of the New Zealand Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (NZITP) support the motivation for the Government’s proposal for major reform of the sector and welcome Minister Hipkins’ commitment to continue consultation and listen to the sector.

Do not dismantle industry-led training and apprenticeships.

Industry Training Federation of NZ: “We intend to ask our employers and industries if they would prefer that their training organisation is taken over by a single government-owned institute.

Vocational Education – ‘students must be the centre’

NZ Union of Students’ Associations: ‘What we need in New Zealand is a vocational education system that caters for students of a diverse background, and for communities with diverse needs. The idea of having Regional Leadership Groups focusing on this as opposed to independent institute councils focusing on competing against the neighbouring institute will be much more effective, and should give greater opportunity to fulfil our treaty responsibilities’ says James Ranstead, President of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations.

Bold proposal puts people at heart of vocational education

Tertiary Education Union: Staff can turn their attention to opening doors for students and communities with creative teaching, learning, and research under bold changes proposed for vocational education says the Tertiary Education Union.

BCITO acknowledges radical changes to Vocational Education

BCITO: “Vocational training is vitally important to New Zealand’s continued growth. There is no doubt that the Vocational Education Training system (VET) has experienced issues for a long time which need addressing. We also believe there are some parts which are working very well. The key is to protect what works while updating the areas which are failing to deliver for New Zealand,” says Quinn.

Primary teachers and principals return to negotiations next week

NZEI: NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education have agreed to return to negotiations for the primary teachers’ and primary principals’ collective agreements next week.


Rāapa 13 o Hui-tanguru

Major announcement on future of New Zealand’s polytechnics expected

A major announcement regarding the future of New Zealand’s polytechnics is expected this afternoon. Education Minister Chris Hipkins says several institutions are on borrowed time.

Former Wintec chair says taxpayers got value for money

Wintec’s new boss, who was on big spending trips to Asia with former CEO Mark Flowers, won’t explain where taxpayers’ money was spent.

Government, Opposition react to Wintec reports

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said Wintec needs to urgently review its policies and systems in the wake of findings by Audit New Zealand and Simon Mount QC.

Pūhoro, a popular academic programme for Māori, will run out of funding in April

An academic programme with hundreds of Māori high school students on its books and hundreds more on a waiting list will run out of funding in April.

Linguistic app Drops introduces te reo Māori to world audience

International linguistic app Drops has entered the growing New Zealand market for te reo Māori language tools. Drops allows users to match an image and the corresponding word in Māori with a swipe of their finger.

When machine learning, Twitter and te reo merge – The Bay’s News First

Researchers have whittled down a massive 8 million tweets, to a more manageable 1.3 million to look at how te reo Maori is being used in the genre.

Victoria University not yet ready to give up the name change fight

The government last year blocked Victoria University of Wellington’s bid to change its name, however the university appears to not be ruling out ploughing ahead with the divisive plan.



‘On the job’ learning for new teachers a disservice to them and students

I was very excited to see the outcomes of Bali Haque’s Tomorrow’s Schools Review. It is insightful, clear, and I think, largely correct. I hope we have the courage to implement the review’s recommendations – all bar one.

I don’t believe that school-based teacher preparation pathways will improve the quality of new teachers, and believe it will have a raft of unfortunate consequences for schools and their learners.

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Ako Aotearoa to use Open Polytechnic’s iQualify

Open Polytechnic: Ako Aotearoa, delivers professional learning development opportunities to New Zealand’s tertiary teachers, trainers and educators. It has signed an agreement to use the Open Polytechnic’s iQualify learning platform for their course delivery.

Qualified Teachers Help Ensure Quality for Young Children

Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens: Parents wanting quality early childhood education for their children should look for services that have 100 percent qualified teachers, says one of the country’s largest Kindergarten Associations.


Rāhina 11 o Hui-tanguru

Jacinda Ardern delivers ‘State of the Nation’ speech

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is foreshadowing a major restructuring of polytechnics and institutes of technology, which have cost the Government $100 million in recent bailouts. The restructure is expected to recommend turning the vocational education sector into a flexible network that focuses on greater co-operation between institutions to meet the needs of business.

Government polytechnic reforms would see 1000 job losses, National says

The National Party says the Government’s plans to reform polytechnics and institutes of technology will lead to 1000 job losses, a radical centralised model, and the closure of polytechnics in the regions.

NZEI and PPTA ‘optimistic’ that talks may stave off more teachers’ strikes

Education groups are guardedly optimistic that talks may stave off more teachers’ strikes that have been signalled for this school term.

Early childhood centres like ‘kiddie prisons’, teachers say

“bums on seats” approach puts children’s safety and development at risk, teachers told Stuff.  The 300 services that had their licence downgraded in the past two years are the tip of the iceberg, they said, and problems could go undetected for years.  Stuff readers working in ECE joined the chorus of teachers voicing concerns about the sector. Here’s what they had to say.

Investigation ordered into claims of packed and cancelled classes

Education Minister Chris Hipkins is getting the Ministry of Education to investigate claims of big or cancelled classes. The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) is campaigning for the problem to be urgently addressed with warnings it will only worsen if action was not taken.

Giving teachers the tools for the ‘science of reading’

Liz Kane, who runs Liz Kane Literacy, is working in schools in the Manawatū region and across the country to help teachers better teach children to read, write and spell. She also teaches them how to work with children with dyslexia and other learning difficulties.

Ministry of Education concerned about ‘fire-resistant’ plywood

The Ministry of Education has made contact with Building Research Association of New Zealand over revelations a fireproof plywood may have been used in a school hall that was found to be much less flame-resistant.

New school in Pyes Pa attracts 150 new pupils on day one

Tauranga’s newest primary school has officially opened with about 70 more pupils than expected. Taumata School in Pyes Pa opened its gates to 150 pupils yesterday, with children, teachers and parents welcomed on to the site for the first time.

Should parents let kids be influencers?

And according to research late last year by Smartphone maker OPPO, nine out of 10 Kiwis aged between 18 and 24 named becoming an Instagram influencer as their dream job.

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Drop of 23,000 students at polytechnics under National

NZGovt: The number of domestic students training at polytechnics and other training institutes fell by a staggering 23,190 between 2011 and 2017*, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

National scaremongering instead of explaining the mess they created for the polytechnic sector

NZGovt: The previous National Government allowed New Zealand’s vocational education system to drift so badly it has let our businesses, our young people and our communities down, and is in need of a reset, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.

ITP Roadmap the Opportunity of a Lifetime

NZUSA: In Aotearoa New Zealand, everyone should have the opportunity to attend some form of tertiary education, and to have a positive experience along the way. Our Institutes of Technology & Polytechnics (formally known as ITP’s) teach over 170,000 of our tertiary students per year and are tasked with providing mainly vocational education to our regions and cities.

Rāmere 8 o Hui-tanguru

Can bees do maths? Yes, new research shows they can add and subtract

Does the development of arithmetical thinking require a large primate brain, or do other animals face similar problems that enable them to process arithmetic operations? We explored this using the honeybee.



Inequity in education has got to go

The University of Auckland’s Wayne Smith argues it’s time to rid our schools of divisive competitive neoliberal governance

What’s the Govt doing to make school education free?

It’s about time the myth of free primary and secondary schooling is put to bed, writes Bryce Edwards.

Lack of Māori history at school made my childhood difficult

If NZ’s colonial history was taught in schools in the 1970s, I wouldn’t have been bullied for my Māori background.

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Skills, trade and wellbeing key to building resilient economy

NZGovt: In a major economic speech delivered this morning Jacinda Ardern set out how the Government’s plans to build greater resilience in the economy in the face of global economic headwinds. Education Minister Chis Hipkins will make public soon options to reform polytechnics and the wider skills training sector to raise the status of vocational training as a career and ensure the sector is more aligned with and responsive to business and national and regional skills shortages.

Staff are the foundation for future of tertiary education

TEU: In its report Changing Lives, the TEU emphasises that staff conditions of work are students’ conditions of learning. Unless the Minister puts the relationship between staff and students at the centre of a reformed ITP sector, his reforms are bound to fail. It was a timely reminder from the TEU, coming just one week before the Minister announces radical plans to restructure ITPs and change the vocational education and training system.