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Study challenges Govt on “system failure” for special needs

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 17:33:22 +1200 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

A UK study which has found that teacher aides in some cases did not improve learning, challenges the New Zealand Government to come up with its own research, as part of a general system-wide “fix” of special education in this country.More >>

Government continues to fail students with special needs

Tue, 7 Jul 2015 17:27:17 +1200 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

Children with special needs are continuing to miss out on inclusive education because of an under-resourced and underfunded system, says NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green.More >>

NZ educators among the world’s best

Fri, 3 Jul 2015 11:06:18 +1200 | New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s teaching profession is amongst the most highly trained, best qualified, and most experienced in the world, Education Minister Hekia Parata says. More >>

Enviroschools Hawke’s Bay is Celebrating

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 16:46:06 +1200 | Enviroschools Foundation

Enviroschools Hawke’s Bay is Celebrating Enviroschools in Hawke’s Bay are celebrating twice this week. Firstly, Greenmeadows Kindergarten has attained the highest ‘GreenGold’ status for Enviroschools, and is the first Enviroschools kindergarten in Hawke’s ...More >>

Bookworms devour pizzas

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 11:03:14 +1200 | Hell Pizza

Bookworms devour pizzas There were plenty of cheesy grins at the end of Parua Bay School Book Week, when more than 200 pupils were rewarded with a free healthy HELL 333 Kids’ Pizza. The small rural school in Northland saw 235 of its 270 students ...More >>

Algebra advocate wins prestigious maths award

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:41:14 +1200 | Massey University

Researching ways to introduce primary school learners to the “big ideas” of mathematics through algebra has earned a Massey University maths education scholar a prestigious award from the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.More >>

More testing won’t lift student achievement

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 10:11:56 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

More testing won’t lift student achievement Hekia Parata’s latest plan to subject school students to even more testing and assessment won’t do anything to lift the educational achievement of the kids who are struggling, Labour’s Education spokesperson ...More >>

Fact Checker: Hekia and Charter School Finances

Thu, 2 Jul 2015 09:54:14 +1200 | Save Our Schools NZ

Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, faced a few questions in parliament yesterday about the $2.5 million surplus that one of her charter schools has accumulated in only 15 months.More >>

Students staying engaged at Maungakiekie schools

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 17:08:55 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

MP for Maungakiekie Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga says there has been a significant drop in the number of students being suspended, stood-down, excluded and expelled from schools in the electorate.More >>

Waikato-Tainui Launches Education Plan

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 16:00:47 +1200 | Waikato Tainui Group

Waikato-Tainui Launches Education Plan Waikato-Tainui has launched an education plan that it hopes will see all members connected with their marae, 80 percent fluent in te reo Maaori, and all members aged 15-plus with an education qualification by ...More >>

Massive surplus for cash cow charter

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:32:25 +1200 | PPTA

A Whangarei charter school has banked an operating surplus of more than $2.4million, thanks to funding well above the amount regular schools receive. More >>

Dawn of a new era for education

Wed, 1 Jul 2015 09:22:42 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Today marks a new era for teachers as the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand opens its doors, says Education Minister Hekia Parata. The nine–member council officially takes over responsibility for teacher registration and disciplinary matters ...More >>

Mt Albert Primary School set for lift in learning

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 14:27:00 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Students at Auckland’s Mt Albert Primary School are set for a lift in learning thanks to the opening of a new classroom block, says Education Minister Hekia Parata The new modern teaching spaces for staff and students at the school will support ...More >>

New initiative for schools launched

Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:46:47 +1200 | Education New Zealand

New Zealand schools wanting to boost the performance of international education in their sector have formed a new nationwide organisation to drive the effort. More >>

Primary school students need science

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 11:21:01 +1200 | NZSTA

Primary school students need a good working knowledge of what science is and its strengths and weaknesses, They also need to be able to ask informed questions about science issues, school trustees at the NZSTA National Conference next weekend will ...More >>

Seminar on teaching students from diverse backgrounds

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:27:14 +1200 | University of Auckland

The increase in diverse students in our classrooms and the best ways to teach them is the topic of a seminar at the University of Auckland next week. More >>

Transition from early childhood education to school - ERO

Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:20:36 +1200 | Education Review Office

ERO report highlights best way to support children’s transitions from early childhood education to school More >>

Principals Call for Collaboration on Education Policy

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 10:53:12 +1200 | New Zealand Principals Federation

A recent radio interview with Melbourne University academic, John Hattie, has prompted Denise Torrey, President of the New Zealand principals’ Federation (NZPF) to call on politicians to engage in more collaboration with the profession in developing ...More >>

Schools Denied Support by Government Decile System

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:33:14 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Deputy leader and Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin has no confidence in Education Minister Hekia Parata and her promised review of school deciles. “New Zealand First backs a full review by education professionals not one done behind ...More >>

Northland paediatrician calls for better performance

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:26:23 +1200 | Northland District Health Board

Nearly 80 vaccine-preventable diseases have been reported for infants in the last year and a leading Northland paediatrician is laying the responsibility at the feet of parents and caregivers as well as demanding even better performance from the health ...More >>


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