Tuesday 8 May

“Dear Jacinda… Staff are not the problem”

Cabinet Ministers telling staff that good working conditions are an impediment to the success of institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITP) was a mistake, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been told in an open letter published today by the Tertiary Education Union (TEU).

Primary teacher pay talks begin

Primary teachers’ pay talks kick off today with their union, the Educational Institute, seeking a 16 percent pay rise. The institute says a big increase is needed to attract more people into the profession and head-off a growing shortage of teachers. The union’s secretary, Paul Goulter, told RNZ education correspondent, John Gerritsen, it’s not just about the pay…

Kate Hawkesby: The current schooling system just isn’t relevant enough

I think it’s interesting that kids are now calling BS on what they learn in school. The fact schools haven’t kept pace with the modern world is not new, but it’s good to hear students themselves formalizing their views on it, in a forum where they may actually get heard…

 

 

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Monday 7 May

First step towards fixing long-term teacher shortage

An education workforce strategy started today is the first major step towards tackling a looming teacher shortage that threatens to engulf our schools if action is not taken, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today…

Leaders to guide the future of education in NZ

A diverse group of knowledgeable and passionate New Zealanders will help guide the nationwide conversation on how to make our education system the best in the world, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today…

Raising a generation who ‘know how to take care of their environment’

Little Doves in Albany was built with teaching children about the environment in mind.

A 2015 report by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research included a comment describing the early childhood education (ECE) sector as “ready to explode” in terms of its “readiness and interest in cultivating environmental education practice”…

Emphasise Māori knowledge, students tell summit

The government’s first education summit has generated calls for greater inclusion of Māori knowledge, development of children’s life skills, and more cooperation between schools.

An ‘inspirational’ deaf teacher is teaching sign language to hearing toddlers

The Gardens ECE assistant manager Allison Doddrell says Krishna Mohan is inspiring as a teacher…

New programme mooted to tackle unconscious bias in education

Studies show high levels of racial bias and discrimination in schools continues to disadvantage Māori and Pasifika children. Some say a new initiative has already yielded results but isn’t getting the support it needs.

New classrooms put to the test, with mixed results

Studies on flexible learning environments say lots about colour and furniture arrangement – but not much about how classroom design affects academic outcomes…

Govt moves to reduce teachers’ paperwork

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has promised to scrap some official reporting requirements for teachers to reduce their workloads…

The skepticism threshold: is there any evidence for inquiry learning?

Education tends to be a polite profession – debate is generally civilised, at least relative to the febrile political atmosphere we now seem to be living through. Tom Bennett of ResearchED isn’t interested in playing nice though, and his target is one of the pillars that educators rely on for the substance of their work: education research, which he says is in a calamitous state, and broadly doesn’t make the grade when compared to other disciplines. One of this country’s pre-eminent researchers Cathy Wylie says that Tom has a simplistic grasp of the concepts he is tearing down – Tom says it’s the research itself that is the ‘fake news’ in this story…

 

Friday 4 May

School classrooms need some love if we want our education system to stay superior

School classrooms should be warm and dry, just like New Zealand homes and hospitals. OPINION: World-leading. First-class. Superior…

Education Minister says there’s a $1.1b problem facing schools nationally

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the funding issues he’s facing in the education system are “eye-watering”…

Maori children learning te reo better in low decile schools

Children from low and mid-decile schools have recorded the highest average scores in a national test of te reo Maori. The National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement assessed children in Years 4 and 8 in 2016. It says by Year 8 the average scores for children from low-decile schools were two years ahead of those from high-decile schools. Myles Ferris is from Te Akatea, the association of Maori school principals. He discusses the issue with Guyon Espiner…

$6 billion hole in tertiary education

Students could be left without places to study in their local communities because of an emerging $6 billion funding crisis, the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) warned today…

 

Thursday 3 May

How modern learning environments work, and what parents’ options are

What are modern learning environments, and what are parents’ options if they don’t think these newfangled styles of learning are the right fit for their kids?

A paper from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research said teachers struggled to let students learn through failure in MLEs, while Melbourne Education Research Institute director John Hattie wrote that, without investment in teachers, open classrooms were “missed opportunities” at best…

Govt responds to unconscious bias against Māori students

Wednesday 2 May

Need for funding of special needs role in schools

A new survey shows that many of our most vulnerable children are missing out at school because there is not enough funding to give them the one-on-one support and resources they need to thrive and succeed…

‘My child is not a guinea pig’: Parents want proof ‘experimental’ classrooms work

Blenheim mother-of-three Kia King, with her youngest son Kieran, is on a quest for evidence about modern learning environments…

NZ Universities say online learning will not be the end of degrees

A growing cohort of Australian graduates are leaving university environment with more debts and few job prospects, the report says…

Rates of youths not earning or learning converge

One in eight young people aged under 25 is not earning or learning, Stats NZ said today…

Simon Bridges won’t commit to means testing students or ending fees-free, but says a change is likely

National leader Simon Bridges has repeatedly criticised Labour’s $2.8b tertiary educationpolicy, but won’t commit to ending it if elected in 2020…

Sticks and Stones: School bullying rates may reflect an intolerant culture

Children’s inability to develop empathy until adolescence does not mean bullying is part of human nature, a registered psychologist says…

Ministry targets unconscious bias against Māori students

Principals at schools that have targeted unconscious bias against Māori students are welcoming a plan to do so nationwide, but a union warns it could alienate teachers…

Parents pay for teacher aides and support at one in 10 NZ primary schools

Parents are being asked to pay for at least part of the cost of teacher aides and support for their children at one in every 10 state primary schools, a new survey has found…

 

Tuesday 1 May

ECE teachers need preventive education to avoid hazards

The teachers of our youngest children are facing a constant but avoidable health hazard that does not get the national attention it deserves, health experts say…

Construction And Engineering Trades Training Gets a Boost

New Construction and Engineering training facilities for Whitireia Community Polytechnic were opened today by Porirua City Council Deputy Mayor Izzy Ford…

Educators join national movement for pay equity on May 5

Educators all over the country are joining a growing movement for action on pay equity and equality for women, with Fair’s Fair Mana Taurite events on May 5…

 

Monday 30 April

A new tomorrow for schools rich and poor

Giving school children the same chances in poor and wealthy areas is a key goal for those appointed to a government review into Tomorrow’s Schools…

Northland Charter School ranks in the top two schools

Northland Charter School with a 100% Maori roll ranks in the top two Northland Schools for University Entrance results…

‘The system was stealing my soul’ -why I left teaching to sell real estate

OPINION: After nearly 30 years as a teacher and leader I have made the huge decision to leave a profession for which I have always felt great pride and passion.

A different class: It’s learning, but not as we know it

A Blenheim secondary school trials modern learning environments as staff and students plan a rebuild…

Kiwi family hit the road as part of growing ‘world schooling’ movement

Josh and Sarah Drummond along with their daughter Lena are leaving Timaru to travel the world…

Principals pull out all the ‘leaking’ stops to convince Education Minister to co-locate

Education Minister Chris Hipkins tours Marlborough Girls’ College and talks to staff about his review of the co-located colleges project…

Auckland schools ‘could do better’ for Esol students, says Education Review Office

Two out of five of Auckland schools and three out of five early childhood centres have been marked “could do better” for their non-English-speaking children…