Imagine replacing the classroom with the outdoors, math with hunting and English with cooking. That's the new reality for children at New Zealand's first bush school.
The Ministry of Education says alternative education for teenagers who have been kicked out of mainstream schools is "largely ineffective".
Will communities of online learning (CoOLs) provide the Virtual Learning Network with the resourcing it needs to be sustainable and continue to develop? Or will they unleash an open educational marketplace that has the potential to undermine public schooling? JUDE BARBACK looks at the most polarising element of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill.
JUDE BARBACK checks in on New Zealand’s first charter school nearly three years on to find out how it is progressing, in spite of ongoing opposition to the partnership schools model.
JUDE BARBACK visits New Zealand’s first partnership school, South Auckland Middle School, and talks to Alwyn Poole about the joys and challenges of getting a new school up and running amidst staunch opposition.
JUDE BARBACK looks at the mounting tensions in Northland as PPTA members enforce their ban on teaching students from the new partnership school.
The 10th anniversary of NCEA reveals there is still division in the ranks, with many elite schools offering alternative options for students.