Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

ERO Report Into Years 7 And 8

Education Minister Trevor Mallard today released an Education Review Office report into the effect of different schools on the quality of education received by children in Years 7 and 8.

"There is significant public debate around the ideal shape of schooling for the middle years," Trevor Mallard said.

" New Zealand is unusual in having so many options, including full primary schools, intermediate schools, middle schools, area schools and Year 7 to 13 schools.

"The report looks at international comparisons and good practice for educating students around that 11 and 12 year old level. It also analyses the extent to which different models of school are meeting the needs of Year 7 and 8 students.

"It finds that the type of school does not determine how well a school meets the needs of Year 7 and 8 students. It is the quality of the practices rather than the structures that determines outcomes.

"There is also a noticeable link between the quality of education and the size of the school. Small schools and schools with small Year 7 and 8 cohorts appear to find it more difficult to adopt practices which are effective in meeting the needs of these students.

The report raises a number of issues that need further policy work, such as:

* the structure of future schooling
* effective transition between schools
* the balance of specialist teaching and an integrated teaching environments

"Most importantly, more work needs to be done to improve the overall quality of education in small schools, which are largely located in rural areas. ERO will investigate and report further on this issue in 2001.

"No immediate policy changes are planned, but further work may impact on clearer policy directions in the future," Trevor Mallard said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election