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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Addressing the teacher shortage – Ministry’s measures not enough

In December, the government announced a new package to address teacher shortages. But as principals look further afield to staff their schools, will these measures be enough, and what effect might they already have on those deciding to enter the profession? MELISSA WASTNEY reports.

Opinion: Briar Lipson – Why Tomorrow’s Schools has far from run its course

NZ Initiative research fellow BRIAR LIPSON argues we need more information on primary and secondary schools outcomes in order to improve.

Public can have say over charter schools

The public is invited to have their say on the removal of National Standards and Charter Schools.

Editorial: Tomorrow’s schools will still need to compete despite proposed changes

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced a review of Tomorrow's Schools, the system set up in 1989 under which every school has been governed by an elected board of trustees. It is not clear what he sees wrong with the system.

What to do with Charter Schools

ALWYN POOLE says the legislative changes that are required to allow the effective continuation of charter schools are obvious.

Education Minister announces major education reforms

The Government has announced a three-year work programme to bring about significant changes to New Zealand's education system.

Will the Auditor-General find the Minister’s handling of charter schools to be “fundamentally flawed”?

National’s education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has laid a complaint with the Auditor-General over the Education Minister’s and the Ministry of Education’s handling of charter schools, claiming there have been undeclared conflicts of interest – something the Minister denies.

Bill ending charter schools, national standards passes first reading

The Bill that enables some of the Government's flagship changes to education has passed its first reading at Parliament.

Information sought post charter schools decision

A new bill spelling an end to future charter schools was introduced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins last week.

PM says compromise will help charter schools to convert rather than close

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has signalled the Government could make it easier for charter schools to convert to "special character" schools as it moves to end the charter school model.

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Off the record: Sir Ken’s talk missed the mark

One teacher who attended Sir Ken Robinson’s talk on Monday, said although it was entertaining it left him feeling “unenlightened and disappointed”.