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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.

Digital Divides, Dividends & Dangers: a review of Education Leaders Forum 2019

The 50th anniversary of the Moonwalk reminds us that Apollo 11’s inboard computing power for the amazing return journey was less than we each carry in our smart phones. Real lunar crusaders in 1969 were...

Transforming schools with culturally intelligent infrastructure

Recently the government announced its commitment to school infrastructure and is investing an initial sum of $1.2 billion to repair and rebuild school classrooms. This money will be used to develop new schools, hubs...

Reimagining teacher training: fantasy or reality?

In a world where imagery increasingly dominates human communication, university education clings to its long-held use of language as the prime mode of thought and communication – verbal, which is good for describing. On...

School choice and the National Education Growth Plan

In the next 10 years, 100,000 more children are expected to enrol in New Zealand schools. In response to this “unprecedented population growth”, the Ministry of Education established the National Education Growth Plan (NEGP) earlier...

Govt policy on parent donations for school camps: OK for some, not OK for...

Schools that scrap parent donations to get $150 per student from the Government will still be able to ask for donations for school camps and other items - as long as they were voluntary. The...

External research income in universities

One of the important benefits of the 2012 reforms to the Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) was a change to the External Research Income (ERI) component.  Most research funds make grants through highly competitive bidding...

Hit or miss? The challenge of targeting

In the second of a two-part series on the fees-free policy, Roger Smyth looks at addressing the issue of access to tertiary education.

Hit or miss? A quick look at the fees-free policy

In the first of a two-part series on the fees-free policy, Roger Smyth crunches the numbers to look at whether the Government got it right or wrong with its fees-free policy.

Digital devices suspected culprit for children with posture issues

A rise in posture-related issues among children is thought to stem from extended use of digital devices. Rachel Helyer Donaldson looks at the problem and some potential solutions.

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