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Monday, October 14, 2019

Quality of early childhood education services under scrutiny

Researchers have called into question the quality of the education of our youngest learners during a recent seminar. Rebekah Fraser speaks to early childhood education experts about the state of the sector.

Navigating the complex new vocational education system

We all know that vocational education plays a critical role in a labour market, providing critically important skills that the economy and the public need and rely on.  As a result, there are multiple...

Sector funding a major focus of tertiary education forum

The 2019 Voices of the Sector Forum was timely given the major changes afoot in the tertiary education sector.NZUSA President James Ranstead says students are keen to see a refocusing of the tertiary education...

How do we find out about university quality?

Whenever a new set of university rankings come out, our universities get busy boasting while the news media comb through the data for possible stories.Rankings arise from people’s understandable interest in comparative information and...

Eliminating achievement gaps in tertiary education

“Summer melt” sounds like some sort of delicious icy treat, but as Professor Tim Renick talks further, it quickly becomes clear that this is not a palatable concept.Professor Renick is visiting New Zealand from...

Polytech mega-merger: the benefits, risks and challenges

One of the challenges the government faced in thinking about the future of New Zealand’s vocational education system was the state of the polytechnic network.  Modelling for the TEC showed that the polytechnic network...

Meeting the unmet need: rolling out the Learning Support Action Plan

It is 6pm on a Tuesday night. The board of trustees is gathered for its monthly meeting. Joining tonight’s meeting is the school’s SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator) who will report to the board...

What can your school do for your child with special learning needs?

What sort of learning support can you expect for your child with special needs? Is it determined by the Ministry of Education, the school – or your budget?When Kathryn’s* son was diagnosed with Asperger’s,...

What to make of the ROVE announcements

Five and a half months after he released the ROVE (Review of Vocational Education) consultation documents, education minister Chris Hipkins has delivered the verdict – the government’s decisions on the overall design of a...

Major changes for vocational education confirmed

Under major changes to New Zealand’s vocational education system announced today, industry training organisations will be replaced by industry-led councils and polytechnics with operate as a single campus network. By Jude Barback.


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Busting myths about boarding schools

Sponsored Article Myth #1: Boarding schools are just like Hogwarts For many people, the words ‘boarding school’ conjure up images of Harry Potter wandering the...