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Keeping early childhood teachers safe from measles

As the number of measles cases grow, a call has been made to ensure early childhood teachers are vaccinated. National’s early childhood education spokesperson Nicola Willis has urged the Government to make the MMR vaccine...

Chee hoo! Pasifika Festival more than just a hula

With a loud “chee hoo” and a whole lot of chop suey the Pasifika Festival in the Bay of Plenty is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year and the festival is going to be...

Climate striking kids’ plea to adults: march with us

Tens of thousands of children are again taking to the streets over climate change action - and this time, they want Kiwi workers to march with them. Nearly 100 businesses and universities around the country...

Goodbye deciles, hello Equity Index

New Zealand schools will finally see an end to the unpopular decile funding system. Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today that school deciles could be replaced in 2021 or 2022 by an Equity Index that...

Students leaving school early to enter buoyant labour market

Recently released school leaver data for 2018 shows more students are leaving school before gaining NCEA Level 3 or university entrance. The data showed a slight decrease in university entrance award attainment and small declines,...

Kiwi students prepare for intergenerational climate strike

The third Strike 4 Climate organised by School Strike 4 Climate NZ (SS4C NZ) will be the biggest yet. This time, students are calling on adults to join them too, as the climate crisis...

Calling for better and fairer measures of school quality

Low-decile schools are often viewed as being of lower quality by parents and are disproportionately categorised by ERO in the underperforming category. However, findings from The New Zealand Initiative’s latest report, In Fairness to Our Schools:...

Half of Auckland’s schools face teacher staffing cut despite swelling rolls

More than half of Auckland primary schools have been allocated fewer teachers for next year, despite growing school rolls. School principals say provisional 2020 staffing allocations, issued last week by the Ministry of Education, fall...

New Zealand history to be taught in all schools

The New Zealand History Teachers’ Association (NZHTA) is “thrilled” and primary teachers' union NZEI Te Riu Roa has described it as "long overdue". The organisations are reacting to the Government’s announcement that a consistent...

Scrapping donations: what it means for different schools

A Government initiative to provide $150 per student to schools that scrap donations will begin next year. However, only some schools will be eligible. Rebekah Fraser looked into what the policy will mean for communities.
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