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Boards of Trustees – change is coming, but what will it look like?

With a major review of Tomorrow’s Schools underway, school governance is in for a shake-up. But what will change look and feel like for New Zealand schools and their communities? JUDE BARBACK considers shared governance, parental input and other possibilities that could deliver more collaboration and less competition between schools.

Schools need national health food policy, researchers say

Schools around the country should operate under a national health food policy to combat diet-related diseases, Otago researchers say.

Drug Foundation calls for ban on schools expelling students under 16

The Drug Foundation wants to remove schools' powers to expel any student younger than the school leaving age of 16.

Families to get ‘review’ rights over school suspensions

Students who are suspended or expelled from school will soon have rights to "review" by a regional panel - but it is unclear whether the panel will be able to overturn a school board's decision.

Better pay and conditions on the cards for home-based ECE teachers

The Government's review of home-based early childhood education includes a raft of proposed changes now open for consultation.

Teachers a step closer to a new Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand

The passing of the second reading of the Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa) Amendment Bill means teachers are a step closer to directly electing representatives onto their own professional body.

Why we need Critical Studies of Education now

Professor John Morgan argues that instead of searching for the 'magic bullet' to improve our education system, we should be looking to systematically critique the claims and ideas of educationalists and policy makers.

Addressing social challenges in education remains our biggest priority

Addressing the social and cultural challenges confronting our education system is still top of the list before any real traction can be made with other issues begging for educators’ attention. That was one of the main messages to emerge from the Education Leaders Forum in Rotorua this week.

New scheme will help NEETs gain employment and qualifications

The new Mana in Mahi – Strength in Work scheme will encourage employers to take on young people on a benefit and help them work towards a Level 4 qualification.

Industries are “ready to go” with micro-credentials

Industries are welcoming the Government's announcement that micro-credentials will be recognised as part of New Zealand's qualifications system as they will help fill skill-driven shortages in the workplace.

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