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Prime Minister's Punitive Welfare Sanctions Will Harm Children And Their Learning

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 18:28:20 +1300 | NZEI Te Riu Roa

New Zealand’s largest education union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, strongly condemns the punitive sanctions against people on welfare benefits Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced this afternoon, saying that any sanctions a government takes ...More >>

Children Working To Help Their Families Fly Under Radar: CPAG

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 20:13:46 +1300 | Child Poverty Action Group

As many as 15,000 teenagers are taking on paid work to help pay for family basics and government agencies urgently need to find out how many are dropping out of school to do so, the Child Poverty Action Group says. CPAG is urgently calling for adequate ...More >>

New Report To Support Maths Teaching, Tackle Maths Crisis

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 09:27:02 +1300 | Education Review Office

Maths is incredibly important, yet achievement in New Zealand has declined significantly over the last 20 years. Less than half of Year 8 students are meeting expectations in maths, and a new report from ERO has found that many teachers are not confident ...More >>

Mātauranga ILG Welcomes Discussion On Māori Education

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 12:14:08 +1300 | Matauranga ILG

Mātauranga Iwi Leaders Group (MILG) and Pou Tangata welcomes the discussion on Māori education achievement following the group’s first hui with Education Minister, Hon Erica Stanford, in Waitangi last week. “I was encouraged by the Minister’s ...More >>

Te Tai Tokerau Principals Cannot Wait For Their Schools To Be Funded At The Rate Of $60000 Per Pupil

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 11:58:04 +1300 | Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association

Te Tai Tokerau Principals Association calls upon the government to ensure all state schools are funded at the same level as Charter schools, $60000 per child per yea NZEI, having had to request the details from the Ministry of Education using the ...More >>

OIA Shows The Eyewatering True Cost Of Charter Schools

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 09:14:44 +1300 | NZEI

The National and ACT experiment with charter schools that ran from 2014 to 2018 cost up to $48,421 per student annually, more than six times the average funding spent on students in state schools, new OIA documents released to NZEI Te Riu Roa ...More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Get The Kids Going Back To School

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 09:39:21 +1300 | Peter Dunne

The debate about the Treaty of Waitangi is running away from the government because ACT is on a mission about its Treaty Principles Bill. Nothing, it seems, is likely to deter it from proceeding, with every attack or criticism appearing to provide ...More >>

IHC Urges Budget Decision To Protect The Most Vulnerable

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 19:49:38 +1300 | IHC New Zealand

IHC is urging the Ministry of Education to think hard and act fairly when it comes to finding ways to meet the Government’s savings target by ensuring there is funding to address inequities. IHC’s From Data to Dignity Report on the health and wellbeing ...More >>

School Lunches Essential But Reinvest Any Savings Into Education

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 11:21:35 +1300 | NZEI

Aotearoa's largest education union, NZEI Te Riu Roa, says the Government's decision to continue to fund Ka Ora, Ka Ao Healthy School Lunches programme is commonsense in ensuring successful learning outcomes for tamariki. However, Prime Minister Christopher ...More >>

Government Strengthens NCEA Level 1 Rollout

Wed, 31 Jan 2024 13:36:22 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The coalition Government has moved quickly to support teachers with the rollout of the new Level 1 NCEA standards, which the Labour Government rushed to implement, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. “The previous Government implemented new ...More >>

$118 Million Sunk Into Flawed IT System That Won’t Pay ECE Teachers Properly

Wed, 31 Jan 2024 13:35:34 +1300 | Early Childhood Council

The Ministry of Education keeps sinking money into Pourato, a new IT system meant to deliver funding for employers to pay Early Childhood Education teachers, despite sector concerns since 2015 about the outdated funding approach. Early Childhood Council ...More >>

New School Year Starts With Focus On Students’ Success

Mon, 29 Jan 2024 15:21:27 +1300 | New Zealand Government

As schools start back for 2024, Education Minister Erica Stanford says there will be a relentless focus on ensuring students’ are achieving at school. “It’s concerning that student achievement has continued to decline, as evidenced in bothMore >>

Opportunity For New Government To Lift Achievement Rates For Intellectually Disabled Students

Wed, 24 Jan 2024 16:03:56 +1300 | IHC New Zealand

IHC New Zealand says although NCEA achievement rates for students with intellectual disability are rising, overwhelmingly there is a massive struggle for these students to access quality education at their local school. Today, 24 January, marks International ...More >>

On Charter Schools, And The Ghahraman Blame Machine

Wed, 17 Jan 2024 12:07:39 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

According to Act Party leader David Seymour, if we gave 16 year olds the vote and allowed teachers to teach civics classes in high school, the result would be… Well, let Seymour himself paint the picture: The final recommendations of the independent ...More >>

Advocacy Group Says ‘status Quo’ Interests Holding Literacy Policy Back

Fri, 22 Dec 2023 08:40:44 +1300 | Lifting Literacy Aotearoa

A grassroots literacy advocacy group is challenging the government – and all political parties – to aim for 95 percent of children to become proficient readers and writers. Lifting Literacy Aotearoa (LLA) says educational research tells us that if policy ...More >>

Government Mini Budget Commits To Invest In Early Childhood Education

Thu, 21 Dec 2023 21:15:19 +1300 | Early Childhood Education

The release of the government’s mini budget has created some certainty within the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector. “By committing to the planned 4.6% increase in the 20 Hours ECE funding rates, the government has demonstrated that ...More >>

Advocacy Group Says ‘Status Quo’ Interests Holding Literacy Policy Back

Thu, 21 Dec 2023 19:59:59 +1300 | Lifting Literacy Aotearoa

A grassroots literacy advocacy group is challenging the government – and all political parties – to aim for 95 percent of children to become proficient readers and writers. Lifting Literacy Aotearoa (LLA) says educational research tells us that if policy ...More >>

20 Hours ECE Funding News A Welcome Boost For Providers

Wed, 20 Dec 2023 16:25:28 +1300 | Early Childhood Council

The early learning sector has welcomed the confirmation 20 Hours ECE funding increases in March 2024 will be kept in place. With no changes to the published 1 March 2024 funding rates, it means early learning providers can plan with more confidence for ...More >>

Low School Attendance Rates Disappointing

Wed, 20 Dec 2023 11:46:51 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Data released today for Term 3 2023 show that despite the previous government’s hollow promises of bold actions, New Zealand school attendance rates remain abysmal. Education Minister Erica Stanford says it is incredibly disappointing to see only ...More >>

New Zealand’s National Party And Government Criticised For Lacking Innovation In Cell Phone Ban For Classrooms

Tue, 19 Dec 2023 23:19:49 +1300 | Daniel Harding

The New Zealand National Party’s recent policy to ban cellphones in classrooms has sparked a wave of criticism from educators across the country, accusing the party of opting for an easy, non-innovative solution to a complex issue. The move, seen ...More >>


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