Rāapa 14 o Whiringa ā rangi Wednesday 14 November

Research project aims to determine what effect schools have on students’ success

Socio-economic differences have troubled efforts to compare schools’ impact on their students – until now. How do we define success in education?

More and bigger teacher strikes could be on the way

On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern asked teachers to consider the almost $700 million offer from the Government. The latest offer included a new top pay bracket and the partial removal of a cap on qualifications for some teachers from 2020.

Secondary teachers to consider new deal, but their union says ‘reject’

Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) president Jack Boyle is encouraging secondary teachers to reject the latest Government offer.

English language requirements for foreign teachers overhauled

English language requirements for overseas teachers will change from January after a review found the current requirements weren’t fit for purpose.

NCEA injustice: Huge gaps in reader-writer assistance

Up to a third of students at some schools are getting someone else to read and write their exams for them – but students needing help at many poorer schools are missing out.

The digital future of education

Students from decile 1-3 schools across the country are delving into the future world of technology as part of a new programme to heighten digital fluency.

NZQA’s digital pilot goes offline to affect English students

Students sitting a digital end-of-year NCEA exam have been affected by a server error which stopped the assessment.

Bullying in NZ schools 2nd highest in OECD

Aotearoa has the highest teen suicide rate in the developed world, which many educationalists believe to stem from bullying in schools.

NZ Treasury to work with Pasifika group to cut back obstacles

The New Zealand Treasury says it will work to reduce barriers in education, health, housing and employment for Pacific peoples in the country. A new report launched by the government on Tuesday reveals Pacific New Zealanders are contributing significantly to the economy, despite inequalities that exist.

Maori targeting social policy change – New Zealand Maori Council

New Zealand Maori Council has today announced a strategic research partnership with Massey University and its Centre for Culture-Centred Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE). The partnership will see the joint development and co-design of evaluation frameworks around key areas of social policy and developing the evidence base to support Council when it comes to challenges facing Maori, Whanau and Communities across the nation.



Rāhina 12 o Whiringa ā rangi, Monday 12 November

Teachers strike: What you need to know

It’s the first day of a rolling nationwide strike set for this week, and it’s estimated around 320 schools will be closed in the Auckland region.

Primary school teachers on strike again today

More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year.

Last-ditch negotiations last week which yielded an improved pay offer from the Ministry of Education was not enough to avert the industrial action, which follows a national strike in August, and the rejection of a second offer last month.

Primary teachers and principals confirm nationwide strike after facilitation talks fail

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), which represents about 30,000 primary teachers and principals, confirmed on Friday that members across the country would go on a week-long rolling strike starting Monday.

Local schooling or parent choice? Number of schools with zones hits a record high

The Ministry of Education says zoning is the only means it has to balance access for local children, population changes and choice in education.

‘No qualifications required’ campaign runs out of steam

A push by businesses to persuade people they don’t need a degree to get ahead has lost some momentum, Trade Me admits.

Play-based school, with lessons in pesto making and kart-building, looks to expand

There is no school bell or roll call at Ako, a nature and play-based primary school in Auckland. Parents drop their children off between 9am and 10am and a handful of students start the day with a game of ultimate hide-and-seek.


Media releases

New chair and four other appointments to NZQA Board

NZGovt: “I am delighted with these appointments. They provide an excellent mix of continuity of experience, and new ideas and perspectives,” Chris Hipkins said.

Critical research being funded via Marsden Fund

NZGovt: New Zealand’s top researchers will be able to investigate critical issues and build knowledge across the board supported by $85.64 million over the next three years through the 2018 Marsden Fund round, announced by Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods.

Business Council to focus on skills, investment and regions to drive more growth

NZGovt: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Business Advisory Council Chair Christopher Luxon have announced the four priority areas the Council will provide the Coalition Government with advice and support as it works on building a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy that improves the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

Ramere 9 o Whiringa-ā-rangi

Instilling discipline and resilience in rangatahi

Atawhai, a rangatahi program in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, is developing the skills and attitudes young Māori need to take part in society through physical conditioning.

Teachers snowed under with ‘unrealistic’ expectations as strike nears

Burnout from a draining classrooom workload is forcing a Nelson teacher to leave for a smaller town so she can afford to cut down her hours.

Teachers’ strike: What parents need to know

Primary school teachers and principals will walk off the job for the second time in three months next week.

Henderson Valley School parents ask board to review principal’s role

A West Auckland school principal is facing a revolt by a group of parents who are concerned about bullying, high staff turnover, unhealthy toilets and treating parent volunteers “like a slave”.

‘Gaia-inspired’ childcare centre proposed in South Auckland

A childcare business says New Zealand children are obsessed with instant gratification and have become detached from the natural world.

Support your local school, support biodiversity!

The future’s looking bright as a growing number of schools jump on board Towards Predator-Free Taranaki, safeguarding our local biodiversity.

Virtual health school pitched to ease rural staff shortages

A virtual school “embedded in rural New Zealand” has been proposed to ease the shortage of rural health professionals – and not just doctors.

Media releases

Early Childhood NZ scores highly in Māori and Pasifika

Early Childhood NZ: Te Rito Maioha’s commitment to ensuring the success of all its students is paying off, says Chief Executive, Kathy Wolfe.

Government on the right track to more inclusive education

Child Poverty Action Group: The 600 new support staff for schools announced by the Ministry of Education over the weekend is a welcome advance for children in Aotearoa, and one that could not come soon enough considering the latest OECD stats on education inequality.

New resource supports teaching students about mental health

Those teaching school students about resilience, mental health, interpersonal skills, and wellbeing will welcome a new resource from NZCER Press.


Alwyn Poole: Crushing of the charter school model hurts the poorest

The gaps between New Zealand’s Asian population (67 per cent of school leavers with UE), European (44 per cent), Pasifika (22 per cent) and Māori (19 per cent) are a national disgrace and we have given up on believing it can be different.

Justine Munro: Our kids need more skills than school prize-givings recognise

Do the academic, sport and service prizes and the NCEA grades assure anything outside the education bubble?


Rāapa 7 o Whiringa ā rangi Wednesday 7 November

High schools classes to close early tomorrow as teacher pay talks ‘go down to the wire’

High-school teachers say they are expecting a new pay offer from the Government tomorrow, as their primary-school colleagues continue mediation over their own pay claim.

Primary educators begin facilitation with Ministry to stave off next week’s national strike

Primary school teachers may need to vote again before a week of rolling strike action goes ahead on Monday, as talks begin between the union and Ministry of Education.

English language tests for foreign teachers likely to be scrapped

English language tests for teachers educated overseas are likely to be canned next year.

Our racist education system

New Zealand has one of the least equal education systems in the world, and experts tell Laura Walters colonisation and racism are largely to blame.

Nerves high as NCEA exams approach

Students around New Zealand are preparing to sit their NCEA exams.

Watches banned from this year’s NCEA exams

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority has banned watches from the examination room because some digital watches can store information and share emails.



The problem with NZ’s response to the teacher shortage

My research into the unintended consequences of policies for equity and diversity in schools suggests this strategy to import teachers from the UK, Canada, South Africa, Australia and Fiji risks creating a mismatch between the ethnic diversity among school children and the teaching workforce.


Media releases

New report amplifies voices of Kiwis experiencing digital exclusion

The Vodafone New Zealand Foundation and InternetNZ: The paper authored by Marianne Elliott from The Workshop, is focused on listening and learning from those with lived experience of digital exclusion. The Vodafone Foundation and InternetNZ commissioned the research as an important next step in working towards the vision of a digitally connected Aotearoa New Zealand.


Rāhina 5 o Whiringa ā rangi

Inside NZQA’s digital transformation: Getting culture right, challenging the norm

Everyone keeps saying that digital transformation is hinged on culture and people change, so how do we make sense of it all?

Digital curriculum deadline unrealistic, teachers’ union fears

Claims teachers need better support if schools are to meet a deadline to implement the digital curriculum. Some schools could fail to implement the digital curriculum, unless teachers are given more time and support to assess how to teach it, a union rep say.

Technology shakeup in New Zealand schools all about ‘balance’, say educators

There’s a catch-up race for the digital age inside New Zealand schools but overseas the wealthy are saying ‘enough.’

Roll-out of specialist teachers big win for kids with complex learning needs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced yesterday the first 600 dedicated staff to support special learning needs such as dyslexia, autism, physical disabilities and behavioural problems would be introduced into primary and secondary schools from the start of 2020.

Ministry of Education projects 2440-teacher shortfall by 2025 if nothing is done

New Zealand’s public school sector is facing a shortfall of 2440 teachers in seven years, if the status quo remains. Ministry of Education data shows secondary schools will see the biggest shortfall based on current data, trends and policy.

New Zealand’s first Children’s University aims to put youngsters onto a tertiary path

Canterbury kids could soon enrol in a university of their own. Children’s universities around the world have offered activities from coding to horseriding, harnessing their educational potential.

AUT staff withholding student marks ‘morally and ethically’ wrong, students say

AUT staff are withholding marks during the exam period as they continue to strike for another two weeks.

Education Amendment Bill passed in third reading

The Bill requires the Minister of Education to consult when setting the statement of National Education and Learning Priorities, which outlines high level education priorities to guide planning for early childhood and compulsory education sectors.


Rāmere 2 o Whiringa ā rangi

Primary schools start announcing plans to close during upcoming teachers’ strikes

Primary schools across the country are signalling plans to close as a series of regional teachers’ strikes approaches. Parents are again being warned to make alternative plans for when unionised teachers and principals have signalled they will strike, this time during the second week of November.

More students accessing uni counselling services

New Zealand Union of Students Association data released today shows the use of counselling services by New Zealand university students has increased nearly 25 percent in the last three years.

Women and girls skipping school or work due to period poverty, survey finds

Almost a quarter of the 5000 New Zealand women who responded to the KidsCan survey said they had missed school or work because of their period, and 53.1 per cent said they had found it difficult to access sanitary items due to cost at some point.

Thousands of students with special needs, but no data

About 80,000 school-aged children are believed to have dyslexia, but the Government can’t be sure because there is no centralised data on those with greater learning needs.

Principal warns of pressure on Māori-medium teachers

As primary teachers look to take rolling strike action across the country this month, a principal of a South Auckland wharekura says the pressures experienced by Māori medium schools are ‘four times’ worse than their mainstream counterparts.

How a new programme is helping school students avoid payday lenders

A new programme being rolled out in 111 schools teaches students how to manage money – and the difference between good and bad debt.



Briar Lipson: NCEA review is not tackling our declining performance

Will we respond to the evidence of plummeting educational standards and increasing inequity? Or will we double down, blinded by the idealism that has always underpinned the National Certificate of Educational Achievement?


Media releases

Poverty still affecting children’s education

New Zealand Educational Institute: Poverty in this country is still one of the primary reasons that children are not thriving in schools and centres.

Rāapa 31 o Whiringa ā nuku

Fewer schools will sit NCEA online this year

The number of schools using online exams this year has dropped by three, raising questions about an official target of offering all exams online by 2020. Only 52 of the 420 schools offering the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) have signed up for students to sit their exams online this year, down from 55 last year.

NZ among worst ranked for inequality in education

The Unicef report ranks the country at 33 out of 38 for inequality in the classroom, using global data from different reports looking at education from early education to secondary school.

Teachers want long-term solutions as Government looks overseas in recruitment plan

As the teacher shortage reaches crisis point, the Government is looking overseas for 900 teachers. But will its recruitment plan be enough?



Science shouldn’t be a ‘nice to have’ in schools

The introduction of National Standards by the previous government saw a major change to our primary school curriculum. More class time was spent on the ‘basics’ of literacy and numeracy, which meant that some subjects were pushed out of an already crowded curriculum.


Media releases:

What’s the real cost of tertiary education?

Industry Training Federation of New Zealand: New analysis exposing the real cost to taxpayers of tertiary education shows that work-based traineeships and apprenticeships are the most cost-effective and efficient way to provide the skills and qualifications New Zealand needs.

International education contributes $5.1 billion to New Zealand economy

NZGovt: New research shows the most recent annual economic value of international education is $5.1 billion, making it the country’s fourth largest export, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “$4.8 billion is attributed to international students visiting New Zealand and $0.3 billion to education and training goods and services delivered offshore,” Chris Hipkins said.

Facilitation dates set

NZEI: Primary teachers’ union NZEI TE Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education are set to begin facilitation on Monday 5th November at 10.30am.