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Are league tables a fair way to compare school effectiveness?

DR JOHN BOEREBOOM suggests that a school’s effectiveness should be judged on the basis of how much the students learned from the time they entered the school to the time they left rather than simply relying on a traditional ‘snapshot’ measure in the NCEA exams.

Bringing sustainability into the classroom

A new programme for primary schools has been launched to assist in teaching the next generation about sustainability.

PISA results expose inequality within New Zealand education

The three yearly PISA cycle ranks 70 countries based on a one-day snapshot of 15 year olds across reading, mathematics and science. Each cycle focuses on a different area; the 2015 focus was on science.

Communities of Learning “game-changing”

JUDE BARBACK looks at two established Communities of Learning and finds enthusiasm and optimism for the new initiative is overriding some of the earlier negativity surrounding the controversial IES policy.

Is ‘mat time’ a waste of time?

ANITA MORTLOCK shares her research about the common practice of ‘mat time’ in New Zealand schools.

Values and beliefs

JAYLAN BOYLE dissects the ongoing debate over religious instruction, and whether it still has a place in New Zealand’s state schools.

Hitting the ground running: meeting the National Standards at age 5

Massey University doctoral student SARAH AIONO discusses the impact of National Standards on students in their first year of schooling.

Emergency principals a godsend for schools

JUDE BARBACK looks at Emergency Staffing Scheme (ESS), a small but vital service provided to help desperate schools find a relief principal.

School assessment – is it time to change NCEA and National Standards?

With issues surrounding moderation, consistency and ranking continuing to plague NCEA and National Standards, JUDE BARBACK considers some ideas touted to bring more relevancy, meaning and fairness to our national models of assessment.

Play-based learning: producing critical, creative and innovative thinkers.

STEPHANIE MENZIES enters a plea to bring play back into the classroom.
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