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Will CoOLs give the virtual learning network a permanent home?

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.

What will National Standards look like post-election?

This year’s election is about to hove into view and it’s time once more to consider everybody’s pitch. National Standards is a flagship government policy that’s very much on the line, with the controversy and opposition to its introduction nearly a decade ago refusing to go away. JAYLAN BOYLE considers again some of the main objections and invites Labour’s Chris Hipkins to discuss his version of a post-National Standards world.

New Zealand’s first charter school – three years on

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.

Homeschooling – an alternative approach to education

The Principal of Home Schooling NZ, TODD ROUGHTON, explains why he believes homeschooling is preferable to New Zealand’s mainstream education system.

Charter schools one year in – are they working, and for whom?

A year since the first partnership schools opened their doors JUDE BARBACK considers what the first independent evaluation of the model should be considering.

Not for the faint-hearted: leadership of a charter school

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.

The charter school, the state school and the union

JUDE BARBACK looks at the mounting tensions in Northland as PPTA members enforce their ban on teaching students from the new partnership school.

NCEA vs other systems: the downside of picking sides

The 10th anniversary of NCEA reveals there is still division in the ranks, with many elite schools offering alternative options for students.

Charter schools: answer to underachievement or mad experiment?

Of all the controversial issues New Zealand’s education sector has faced this year, charter schools remain one of the most contentious. Education Review gets both sides of the story.

A Steiner education

No plastic toys, no TV, no reading until seven years old: Rudolf Steiner education is one of the most intriguing educational approaches around. JUDE BARBACK looks at the origins, methods, providers, and students of Steiner education.
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