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Friday, January 22, 2021

Sustainable schools, but at what cost?

All new schools are built to meet the required Green Star rating, but is the same attention being given in the construction and design of these schools to the ability to teach and learn? JUDE BARBACK considers the merits and limitations of the Green Star rating system.

Authentic learning trumps fear tactics

Innovative secondary teachers are using road safety as an authentic context for young people to apply curriculum learning, writes MARY CHAMBERLAIN

Response: Teacher Education Refresh programme is working

The Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (formerly Education Council) responds to criticism of the Teacher Education Refresh programme.

Decile decisions

The Education Review Office’s decision to scrap decile ratings from its school reports raises the question of the purpose and usefulness of the school decile system. JUDE BARBACK reports.

Improving boys – achievement

JOSEPH DRIESSEN pinpoints four key areas for teachers to address in order to help improve boys’ achievement.

Opinion: government contradicts itself with online learning for school children

ANDREW GIBBONS says the government’s legislative plans to open the market for online primary education contradicts its existing early childhood education policy.

What is the best age for starting school?

With the Education (Update) Amendment Bill facing its final reading this week, the public is focused intently on the proposed cohort entry policy which would allow children to start school prior to their fifth birthday. Here, Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM evaluates the international research and experience and considers what this means for New Zealand’s youngest learners.

The many faces of teaching

Education Review peeks through the doors of New Zealand classrooms to discover the many different pathways to becoming a teacher.

Does a masters mean more money?

JUDE BARBACK takes a closer look at whether postgraduate qualifications really increase students’ earning potential when they join the workforce.

The Tomorrow’s Schools Review: Considering the recommendations

In the third part of a four-part series, Professor Martin Thrupp and Dr Katrina McChesney from the University of Waikato analyse the Taskforce's recommendations.

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