Friday 15 November

‘It’s really wonderful’

Te Reo Maori language courses are surging in popularity and a teacher of te reo says the diversity in classrooms is “really wonderful”…

Youth advisory group to influence education and minister

Education minister Chris Hipkins says the advisory group is a fresh and exciting opportunity…

Post-secondary package helps Kiwis get ahead

Post-secondary package helps Kiwis get ahead “The Government is committed to delivering a modern workforce by removing cost barriers to post-secondary education and training,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins says. Beginning in 2017/18, funding provides for …

Free Training to Help Alleviate Construction Skills Shortage

The Government’s free fees initiative looks set to help alleviate some of the skills shortages in the building and construction industry, with apprentices eligible for two years of free training from 2018 …

 

Advertisements

Thursday 14 December

Chris Hipkins Announces NCEA Review Terms of Reference

Overassessment of students and teacher workload will be addressed as part of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) review starting early next year, Education Minister Chris Hipkins says…

Successful summer blogging project gets a funding boost

Successful summer blogging project gets a funding boost Embargoed until 12.30pm Wednesday 13 December 2017 Over 1000 school children may be blogging over the summer to keep their literacy skills up, thanks to the partnership between the Manaiakalani…

$9.5M Teacher Supply Package to Boost Te Reo Māori Teachers

The Government’s $9.5 million teacher supply package will support more te reo Māori and Māori medium teachers into classrooms, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says…

Government announces review of NCEA

A government review of the NCEA system will look at whether all students should be sitting its first level, it has been revealed…

Government announces complete shake-up of NCEA for 2018

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says the feedback from students and teachers is that overassessment is a real issue with NCEA…

Mainstream schooling failing rangatahi, says former teacher

A former school PE teacher resigned from her job over a year ago after seeing too many Māori students looked down on, judged and under-served by the mainstream school system…

 

 

Wednesday 13 December

Some Help to Fix Secondary Teacher Shortages

The Labour-led government’s package to address teacher shortages is welcomed by secondary teachers around the country…

Scrapping National Standards bad news for parents

The Government is irresponsibly and recklessly scrapping National Standards without having a detailed nationwide system of progression to replace it with, leaving parents in the dark about their children’s achievement, National Party Education Spokesperson …

Death Rattles For National Standards

“It’s a day to celebrate,” declared Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF), as he listened to Minister Hipkins consign national standards to their death bed…

Principals Say Teacher Supply Package Overdue

“Today’s announcement of $9.5 million to boost teacher supply will come as welcome relief for some schools,” said Whetu Cormick, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF)…

‘This is what it’s like’: boy’s video about life with autism

George Yionoulis is a nine-year-old boy with autism who wanted his classmates to understand more about his life…

NCEA’s main lesson: do just enough to suffice

It is not that hard to understand why New Zealand educational achievement is slipping, under most international measures, writes Peter Lyons.

‘Schools shouldn’t be finance companies’ – Principal

Four in five principals around New Zealand will stop asking for donations from parents if a Labour campaign promise goes ahead…

 

Tuesday 12 December

Alwyn Poole: Unpaid training contributes to teacher shortage

There is a teacher shortage in New Zealand and it is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. However, it is has very little to do with annual salary…

National Standards have officially ended in primary schools across the country

Education Minister Chris Hipkins: “Since National Standards were introduced in 2010 reading levels of New Zealand children have dropped to their lowest level on record.”..

Children the winners as National Standards are dumped

Primary principals and teachers say children are the real winners now that National Standards have been officially dumped…

Treasury warns of ‘gap’ in school data without national standards

The Treasury has warned that there will be “a gap in systems-level information” on primary school performance because the Government has axed national standards before putting anything in their place…

Principals forced to slash teacher aide hours

An NZEI Te Riu Roa survey of 622 primary and intermediate school principals has found that 44% plan to cut teacher aide hours to meet budget in 2018, while 14% expect to be short of teachers and another 20% are not sure whether they will fill all roles.

 

Monday 11 December

‘Serve and return’ is how young kids learn

Young children need a workforce of knowledgeable adults. Jean Rockel argues for overdue changes to make smaller groups for kids in early education …

Principal hopeful Government’s education promises will benefit children

Principal Pat Newman says there is a degree of hope the new government will make positive changes to the education system…

Talking Point: Why are NZ’s literacy results so appalling?

New Zealand’s results in the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) are very disappointing. But they are not surprising…

Te reo programme finishes successful pilot in five schools on Auckland’s North Shore

Te Reo Whānau is a 30-minute, after-school class, where parents and children can learn side-by-side. The programme has just finished a six-week pilot in five North Shore schools…

 

Friday 8 December

New teachers unprepared for job, ERO warns

The Education Review Office is calling for an overhaul of initial teacher education because too many new teachers are unprepared for their job…

Why staff and practitioners must be listened to

Expert staff and practitioners warned the Ministry of Education, the Tertiary Education Commission and colleges of education bosses that relaxing entry levels and focusing on the pedagogy of teacher education at the expense of practicum would result in a deterioration of student skills…

NZEI welcomes reports about teacher training

All beginning teachers should get the right support to be the best teacher that they can be, NZEI Te Riu Roa says.

New digital technologies for schools and kura

Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content is being included in The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Some polytechnics are at risk

Some polytechnics are at risk of tipping over and more needs to be done for children with special needs, government agencies are warning the Education Minister, Chris Hipkins.

 

Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 December

Reading results show damage caused by National Standards

New Zealand students dropped noticeably in their reading ability following the introduction of National Standards, according to results in an international report released today…

Teachers, principals blame standards for reading drop

Teachers and principals are blaming the national standards in reading, writing and maths for a sudden drop in 10-year-olds’ scores in an international reading test…

Stressful job worth it, say principals who love their job

School principals deal with very high levels of stress, according to new research from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research…

Schools bursting at the seams

Masterton primary schools are bursting at the seams with some crying out for new classrooms to keep up with their burgeoning rolls…

Flaws in special education system kickstarts new NZQA-based academy

The training academy, a partnership with Hagley College for one-on-one learning, was a 12-week course for five Kilmarnock employees learning literacy, numeracy and other skills through NCEA Level 1 unit standards to improve employment opportunities for those with barriers to education…

Teachers seek to understand matauranga

Teachers have been wrestling with the question of matauranga Maori or Maori knowledge and how it can be brought into the classroom…