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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.

Opinion

 

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.

Media releases

 

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.

 

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