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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Is the Board of Trustees model working?

DR STUART MIDDLETON questions the effectiveness of New Zealand’s current system of school governance.

Opinion: Raewyn Donnell – Evolution of teacher appraisal systems

Westlake Girls’ High School teacher RAEWYN DONNELL shares how teacher appraisal systems can be transformed, making the process of teacher appraisal less onerous and more streamlined for all involved.

Editorial: No fees will mean fewer places for foreign students

Poorly considered public policy usually has damaging logical consequences. Labour's free tertiary education policy may have brought it votes at this year's election but the consequences are just becoming apparent.

Tom Nicholson: Zero to hero – why spelling still matters in the digital age

Recently I gave a talk to parents about phonics. It was called Zero to Hero, and I explained that phonics could help children who struggle with reading and writing by showing them how to crack the code.

Opinion: Christine Fletcher – A looming teacher crisis faces Aucklanders

There has been much debate given to Auckland's urgent and long overdue physical infrastructure this election but little consideration given to Auckland's appallingly fragile social infrastructure.

Mike’s Minute: NCEA is just one measure of success

Schools needs to be more than tests and qualifications - NCEA is just one measure of success

Opinion: no ‘easy credits’ with vocational pathways

Industry Training Federation chief executive JOSH WILLIAMS says we need to look beyond pass rates and focus on the doors that NCEA can open for students.

Te Reo week should evolve, says Whāngārei wānanga tutor

When people describe Te Reo Maori as a 'living language' it does not mean it has been saved from obscurity - it means it lives within the customs and culture that gave birth to it.

Opinion: Ngahi Bidois – What’s in a name? Māori names and their importance

What's in a name? As we head into Maori Language Week 2017 Ngahi Bidois looks at Maori names and their importance.

Opinion: why did so many students fail UE last year and what needs to...

Chris Whelan, Executive Director, Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara discusses why so many students failed University Entrance (UE) in light of the new UE requirements.

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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.