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A game changer to boost literacy and maths skills

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:54:51 +1300 | Massey University

Finding the best way to teach reading has been an ongoing challenge for decades, especially for those children in underprivileged areas who fail to learn to read. What is the magic ingredient that will help turn the literacy lights on quicker?More >>

Early Support the Key for “Troubled” Teens

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:59:53 +1300 | Speld

“Troubled” teen behaviour in the classroom could be significantly reduced by early, specialised, academic support, according to SPELD NZ. More >>

New decile ratings show more kiwi kids living in poverty

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:58:57 +1300 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

A shift of 8000 more children into lower decile schools is an indication that more New Zealand families are becoming poorer and that more children are likely to live in low income households.More >>

Open Letter: Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Whangaroa

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:01:28 +1300 | Gary Bramley

Your correspondents Terry Smith and Moana Tuwhare are mistaken in their belief that the whanau who left Te Kura Kaupapa Maori early in 2014 were doing so in protest at the firing of the former principal and that our agenda is to get her back. I support ...More >>

Primary School Regional Athletics event at Newtown Park

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:29:27 +1300 | Sport Wellington

Hundreds of primary school students are set to take part in the Primary School Regional Athletics event in December at Newtown Park. Now in its fifth year, the event has grown to over 700 children in the Wellington region participating in 2013.More >>

$8.6 million extra for school funding transition

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:41:39 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata says $8.6 million has been provided to help schools transition through decile funding changes. More >>

Serious Misconduct and Cancelled Teacher Registration

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:16:39 +1300 | Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Whangaroa

We are relieved that finally this case has been made public and our community and parents at our kura, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Whangaroa, can finally know what happened last year regarding the dismissal of Louisa Mutu, the previous tumuaki (principal) ...More >>

Schools need backing to support children

Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:00:34 +1300 | Green Party

Schools need resources and support to get the best out of children with learning differences and disabilities rather than be told not to bother, the Green Party says. More >>

What Does Super Jonny Do When Mum Gets Sick?

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:03:38 +1300 | Sick Mom

There is a new picture book on the market written to help families with a sick loved one. More >>

White Christmas tinged with sadness

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:15:25 +1300 | Big Buddy

The fatherless boy who inspired his Big Buddy to ‘snow’ low-decile Auckland schools at Christmas will be missing from this year’s Big Buddy Christmas White Out. More >>

Huge crowd expected for big day of family fun at the seaside

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:23:38 +1300 | Eastbourne Carnival

Up to 20,000 people are expected to enjoy a big day of family fun at the Eastbourne Carnival on Sunday November 23. “We’re ready to welcome visitors from across the Wellington region and beyond,” says Carnival Coordinator Sally Bain.More >>

Changes to decile funding ignore the real issue

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:50:24 +1300 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

News that the school decile funding system will be reviewed ignores the real issue in primary school resourcing – a 7.5% reduction in funding between 2013 and 2018. More >>

National Standards results should not be published

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:19:14 +1300 | Martin Thrupp

It is disappointing to see Fairfax has published a new round of National Standards data and advocacy on the Stuff website. Last year I wrote urging Fairfax not to continuing with publishing the data but it seems they could not resist.More >>

Applications open for $10m fund for teachers’ ideas

Tue, 11 Nov 2014 13:10:48 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced that applications have opened for the new $10 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund. More >>

NZEI congratulates expert teachers

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:51:54 +1300 | NZEI

Nearly 350 primary teachers around the country have been given special recognition as expert classroom teachers following an agreement reached last year between NZEI Te Riu Roa and the Ministry of Education.More >>

Strong Support for Education in Marlborough region

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 13:27:18 +1300 | Canterbury Community Trust

The Canterbury Community Trust has approved funding of $211,351 for the Marlborough education sector, up from $169,053 in 2013, highlighting its commitment to supporting the region and its initiatives.More >>

CATE Conference 2014, Tauranga

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:13:58 +1300 | CATE Conference 2014

Tauranga’s ASB Arena will play host to over 550 delegates from every secondary school in New Zealand at the National Careers and Transition Educators (CATE) Conference from 19 – 21 November.More >>

Kristmas KNACK in Berhampore offers beautiful handmade craft

Mon, 10 Nov 2014 09:51:21 +1300 | Berhampore Primary School Knack Market

If you’re looking for high quality, original New Zealand craft for some special people this Christmas, make a detour to Berhampore Primary School’s KNACK market this weekend.More >>

Youngsters learn to care for the environment at Eco Carnival

Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:20:00 +1300 | Bay of Plenty Regional Council

More than 250 Rotorua primary school students learned more about their environment and what they can do to look after it at the Rotorua Youth Environment Forum's (RYEF) Eco Carnival at Ray Boord Park yesterday.More >>

Schools standing strong over opposition to education plans

Thu, 6 Nov 2014 16:34:45 +1300 | NZEI

Primary schools remain strongly opposed to the government’s Investing in Educational Success policy despite strong attempts by the Ministry of Education to sell the policy to them.More >>

 

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