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In Focus: 28 July 2015

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:31:48 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

In my last newsletter I talked about one particularly busy day spent in the electorate during Parliament’s two week recess. More >>

Reappointments to Education Payroll Limited Board

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:38:03 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Minister Responsible for Novopay, Steven Joyce has today announced two reappointments to the board of Education Payroll Limited. Dame Patsy Reddy has been reappointed for one year as the Chair of Education Payroll Ltd, the company established in 2014 ...More >>

New classrooms confirmed to meet Auckland growth

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:56:34 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye today confirmed that more than 230 new classrooms are on-track to be delivered over the next 18 months to help meet increasing rolls in Auckland.More >>

Hauora - well-being from an early childhood perspective

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 10:57:20 +1200 | Cyrus Taraporvala

This short reflection is an attempt to unpack the essence of hauora, or well-being, from an early childhood perspective. More >>

University must honour student concerns

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:47:11 +1200 | Zac Newton and Ben Alder

The University of Otago must listen to its students’ concerns about the proposal to axe its Design course, Design Students spokespeople Zac Newton and Ben Alder say. More >>

Hekia just won’t face the facts

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:36:51 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, ...More >>

Minister throws good money after bad

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:57:28 +1200 | NZEI

NZEI Te Riu Roa is appalled that the Whangaruru charter school has the green light to continue operating and even been given up to $129,000 to implement its remedial plan.More >>

Compromised charter board should go

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:41:02 +1200 | Green Party

The Green Party is calling on the Government to cancel its latest charter school application round, and disestablish the Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua Authorisation (PSKH) board, following the bail out of a problem-plagued Northland charter school.More >>

Another chance for kids - Whangaruru school decision

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:07:30 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she has given Te Pumanawa o te Wairua in Northland a chance to continue operating because of her concerns about finding other educational opportunities for its students. Her decision follows a special audit of the Whangaruru ...More >>

Modern buildings open at two Auckland schools

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 10:36:08 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye will today open innovative new learning environments for students and teachers at two Auckland schools. More >>

Court of Appeal upholdsproduct liability claim

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 09:06:23 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata and Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye have welcomed the judgement from the Court of Appeal about the Ministry of Education’s case against Carter Holt Harvey over leaky school buildings.More >>

Spotlight on charter schools welcome - NZEI

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:36:33 +1200 | NZEI

A Member's Bill that would require charter schools to follow the same national curricula as state schools has been welcomed by NZEI Te Riu Roa. More >>

Min of Education v Carter Holt Harvey - Orewa school claims

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:06:40 +1200 | NZ Court of Appeal

The High Court declined to strike out the claims, holding all challenged causes of action were arguable. It also found that the claim was not out of time. Carter Holt appealed against that decision to the Court of Appeal. More >>

Dodgy data distracts from the real challenges to learning

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:16:40 +1200 | NZEI

The publication of unreliable National Standards data by the Government today is an expensive distraction from the real work of boosting student success, NZEI Te Riu Roa says. More >>

More students achieving in Te Atatū

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:10:23 +1200 | New Zealand Government

National List MP Alfred Ngaro says parents will be happy to know there is steady improvement in Te Atatu with 79 per cent of kids passing NCEA Level 2. "This is fantastic news. I want to congratulate all our hard-working students, and thank their parents, ...More >>

More students achieving in Palmerston North

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:04:57 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

List MP Jono Naylor says parents will be happy to know there is steady improvement in Palmerston North with more kids attending Early Childhood Education, achieving National Standards and passing NCEA Level 2.More >>

Exciting progress in educational achievement

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 10:34:11 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata says a regional breakdown showing the proportion of 18-year-olds with NCEA Level 2 rising in each of the country’s 16 local body regions is exciting.More >>

Kiwi charity connects rural Northland schools

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:18:46 +1200 | New Zealand Book Council

The New Zealand Book Council, the country’s leading charity connecting NZ writers with kiwi kids, is touring acclaimed children’s poet Paula Green around six rural Northland schools from 20th–24th July. This includes three low decile schools: ...More >>

Next steps for Western East Cape Schools

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:16:00 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has initiated a second round of consultation over the future of Raukokore School, Te Kura o Ōmaio and Te Whānau-a-Apanui Area School in Western East Cape. “I have made an interim decision that the three schools should ...More >>

Increase in Kickstart Breakfasts Admission of Failure

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:47:01 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

The government is touting the increase of “Kickstart Breakfast” numbers in schools as a success, however it is nothing more than an admission that they are failing miserably, says New Zealand First.More >>

 

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