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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

High school students call for life lessons, not just academic subjects

School students at an education summit are calling for schools that are more relevant to their lives - not just academic learning.

Taskforce focused on making a difference in kids’ lives

Massey University’s Head of the Institute of Education, Professor John O’Neill says New Zealand’s education system and culture have evolved since Tomorrow’s Schools and the time is right for change.

Minister dismissive of “glowing” charter schools report

Charter school advocates are frustrated at the Education Minister's refusal to acknowledge the positive points made by students and parents about charter schools in a recently released report.

Ministry welcomes findings on communities of learning

The Ministry of Education has welcomed a survey finding that about a third of teachers feel their teaching has been strengthened by new groups of local schools called "communities of learning".

Charter schools feel “totally in the dark” about transition process

Vanguard Military School’s application to become a school of designated character does not mean that the transition process is clear-cut for charter schools, with one provider claiming to be “totally in the dark”.

Tomorrow’s Schools overhaul ready to get underway

The wheels are in motion for a major review of Tomorrow’s Schools with the terms of reference announced today.

Ministry and school clash over ‘flexible learning spaces’

The Ministry says the structures, which are basically large, open-plan classrooms, can be set up in a variety of ways. But at many schools two or more class "groups" and teachers work collaboratively in the spaces at one time.

Editorial: Tomorrow’s schools will still need to compete despite proposed changes

Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced a review of Tomorrow's Schools, the system set up in 1989 under which every school has been governed by an elected board of trustees. It is not clear what he sees wrong with the system.

Will the Auditor-General find the Minister’s handling of charter schools to be “fundamentally flawed”?

National’s education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has laid a complaint with the Auditor-General over the Education Minister’s and the Ministry of Education’s handling of charter schools, claiming there have been undeclared conflicts of interest – something the Minister denies.

Whangarei’s Te Kapehu Whetu sees future despite Government axing charter schools

The chief executive of Whangarei's Te Kapehu Whetu school is not fazed by charter schools getting a fail mark and the Government shutting the book on them.

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