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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Opinion: Alwyn Poole – Nine reasons National Standards aren’t working (and other issues with...

Alwyn Poole discusses the almost complete lack of focus on Year 1 – 13 Education in the Election Campaign.

Why I left teaching

John Laing's teaching career spanned almost 40 years, a lot of that spent as a rural primary teaching principal. Last year, after weathering so many changes in the education landscape, he decided he couldn't see a way to stay in the profession until retirement and maintain what work/life balance he'd managed to hold onto. In this article John reflects on some of the reasons that stacked up behind his decision to leave education.  

Election year special: what do we want New Zealand education to look like?

With a General Election looming, Education Review asked political and sector leaders for their respective thoughts on the direction that New Zealand education should be taking.

Opinion: Briar Lipson – What is the evidence on Inquiry Learning?

Despite little evidence of impact, Inquiry Learning is at the heart of New Zealand’s curriculum. One of seven values it encourages in students, inquiry also crops up in the titles of six of the 25...

Opinion: Frances Valintine – Future-focused? Who are we fooling?

Frances Valintine, Founder The Mind Lab by Unitec & Tech Futures Lab, questions the recent global rankings that claimed New Zealand has the most future-focused education system in the world.

Opinion: Nikki Kaye – 5 benefits of getting rid of the decile system

Education Minister Nikki Kaye takes us through the benefits of getting rid of the decile system and implementing a new system with additional funding

Opinion: Susan Bates – group size matters in ECE

Early childhood education advocate SUSAN BATES argues that group size in early childhood education settings has an impact on children's development.

Opinion: Tracey Martin – raising the status of teachers

NZ First education spokesperson TRACEY MARTIN shares what drove her to write her Bill that is focused on raising the status of teachers. One of the greatest challenges to the New Zealand education system is that almost...

Opinion: Josh Williams – finding the right pathways

Congratulations to the publishers of Education Central – I hope it turns out to be a great new way to have some important conversations in education. So let me have a crack at starting one. The...

Response: a different take on the realities of teaching in Manurewa

Natasha Miller teaches children in a similar catchment as that described by Sam Oldham in his controversial opinion piece, What life looks like at NZ's largest decile one high school. Here, she presents a different view.

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Maths fall-out continues

The fall-out from this week’s Level 1 NCEA maths exam continues, with Minister of Education Chris Hipkins ordering a report from NZQA and an open letter being signed by maths teachers. Education Central talks to a student who took the exam.