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Sunday, June 16, 2019

How six schools lifted achievement in literacy

A study, released today, found that schools are successfully lifting achievement by creating a coherent focus on literacy teaching.

Student climate strikers: justifiably angry, so much to lose

Sally Birdsall says although students’ climate change message was muffled by what happened on the same day in Christchurch, it’s important their voices are still heard on this important issue.

Another university ranking – really?

Roger Smyth says not all university ranking systems are created equal.

Taskforce vague on whether VLN has a part to play

Rachel Whalley, VLN (Virtual Learning Network) Primary ePrincipal, was hoping for a lot more from the recently published Tomorrow’s Schools review report: she’s concerned that the Taskforce hasn’t grasped the importance of networks that aren’t tied to geography.

Screens in schools – a closer look at how we’re using digital devices in...

As a new website about device use in schools launches today, Rachel Helyer Donaldson looks at the quality and quantity of digital technology use in Kiwi classrooms.

Response: Bernardine Vester – Our Schooling Futures

Bernardine Vester responds to Emeritus Professor Gary Hawke’s paper on the report by the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce.

Accessibility of Tomorrow’s Schools

Emeritus Professor Gary Hawke's paper on the Tomorrow’s Schools Independent Taskforce’s report, ‘Our Schooling Futures’.

Inequity is the problem, but are the taskforce recommendations the solution?

This is the underlying point behind nearly every question asked at the Tomorrow’s Schools Review taskforce’s public consultation meetings, including the Tauranga meeting Jude Barback attended earlier this week.

Will regional polytechnics suffer under sector reforms?

The chief executive of one of New Zealand’s polytechnics is concerned that institutions will lose their ability to innovate, be responsive and take risks if the proposed reforms for New Zealand’s ITP sector go ahead. By Jude Barback.

“It shouldn’t matter where training is delivered” – Hipkins

Education Minister Chris Hipkins says we need a vocational education system that seamlessly delivers training needed by industry regardless of whether that training is delivered on the job or through a provider. But others doubt the proposed reforms will achieve this goal. By Jude Barback.


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New offers on the table for teachers

Primary and secondary teacher unions are considering new offers from the government, following last week's meeting with Education Minister Chris Hipkins.


Sponsored: How to choose a quality early learning centre for your...

Choosing an early childhood education centre is a big decision, and as new parents you might have many questions about it. By Michela Homer, BestStart Regional Education Leader.