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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Watch NZH Local Focus: Science a sore point in the Bay of Plenty

Science is not being taught enough in primary and intermediate schools - something House of Science founder Chris Duggan is working to change.

Three major questions for three major thought leaders

Education Review asks three leading international educationalists – Sugata Mitra, Sir John Jones and Frances Valintine – to respond to three big questions.

In pursuit of the elusive and ubiquitous standard

Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM discusses why defining an educational standard is so problematic in both the primary and secondary schooling sectors.

Will CoOLs give the virtual learning network a permanent home?

Will communities of online learning (CoOLs) provide the Virtual Learning Network with the resourcing it needs to be sustainable and continue to develop? Or will they unleash an open educational marketplace that has the potential to undermine public schooling? JUDE BARBACK looks at the most polarising element of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill.

The big debate: should te reo be compulsory in our schools?

JUDE BARBACK looks at the arguments for and against making te reo Māori compulsory in New Zealand schools.

New Zealand’s first charter school – three years on

JUDE BARBACK checks in on New Zealand’s first charter school nearly three years on to find out how it is progressing, in spite of ongoing opposition to the partnership schools model.

Are league tables a fair way to compare school effectiveness?

DR JOHN BOEREBOOM suggests that a school’s effectiveness should be judged on the basis of how much the students learned from the time they entered the school to the time they left rather than simply relying on a traditional ‘snapshot’ measure in the NCEA exams.

Ruapehu’s technology hub – just one part of the puzzle

All schools strive to engage with their communities. Some do it better than others. Here, JUDE BARBACK looks at an outstanding example of school-iwi partnerships in Ruapehu.

PISA results expose inequality within New Zealand education

The three yearly PISA cycle ranks 70 countries based on a one-day snapshot of 15 year olds across reading, mathematics and science. Each cycle focuses on a different area; the 2015 focus was on science.

Communities of Learning “game-changing”

JUDE BARBACK looks at two established Communities of Learning and finds enthusiasm and optimism for the new initiative is overriding some of the earlier negativity surrounding the controversial IES policy.

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Polytechnic student enrolments flat despite fees-free policy

Polytechnic enrolments are flat nationally despite the new fees-free policy for students doing their first year of tertiary study.