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Poll: Ban Mobile Phones During Class, But Not Breaks

Wed, 29 Nov 2023 10:27:01 +1300 | Horizon Research Limited

New Zealanders most support a ban on mobile phones at school during class time, but not during breaks. A Horizon Research poll of four possible policy options finds: · 61% support and 20% oppose banning mobile phone use at all schools during class ...More >>

Press Release In Response To New Government Coalition Agreement

Sun, 26 Nov 2023 14:31:00 +1300 | Resist Gender Education

Resist Gender Education (RGE) welcomes the Coalition agreement to “Refocus the curriculum on academic achievement and not ideology, including the removal and replacement of the gender, sexuality, and relationship-based education guidelines.” “There ...More >>

Union Says New Government Adopting Radical Aims Of ACT Will Not Serve Tamariki

Fri, 24 Nov 2023 13:24:35 +1300 | New Zealand Educational Institute

Before National allows ACT to determine a radical direction of change in education, they should listen to teachers and parents about what is needed for tamariki, says New Zealand’s largest education union, NZEI Te Riu Roa. The union says that it ...More >>

NZPF Welcomes New Minister Of Education

Fri, 24 Nov 2023 12:12:35 +1300 | New Zealand Principals' Federation

The New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF) President, Leanne Otene, congratulates the new Minister of Education, Erica Stanford and looks forward to working with her. "We realise that today’s announcement gives only a taste of the education ...More >>

Public Education Should Be The Focus Of Government Investment

Fri, 24 Nov 2023 11:36:51 +1300 | PPTA

“Charter Schools are an expensive distraction from the important work of public education in Aotearoa” says PPTA Acting-President Chris Abercrombie “The vast majority of students in Aotearoa are in the public education system and this is where ...More >>

Early Childhood Teachers Should Not Be Short-changed Because Of Inadequate Forecasting

Wed, 22 Nov 2023 13:48:02 +1300 | NZEI

The incoming government has an urgent job to do fixing early childhood education funding, education union NZEI Te Riu Roa says. A recently released Cabinet paper from September shows the previous Labour Government walked back from their commitment ...More >>

Health and education are closely linked – NZ needs to integrate them more in primary schools

Wed, 22 Nov 2023 11:13:06 +1300 | The Conversation

New Zealand’s health and education sectors are largely siloed and separate. But all the evidence points to collaboration within schools leading to better health and educational outcomes for children.More >>

Class Divides? The Impact Of Streaming On Educational Achievement And Equality

Tue, 21 Nov 2023 11:34:41 +1300 | New Zealand Initiative

There have been calls to ban streaming in New Zealand schools. Streaming is the practice of separating students into different classes based on their prior learning. In a new report from The New Zealand Initiative, authors Dr Michael Johnston and ...More >>

New Report Highlights Links Between School Isolation And Practice – NZCER

Mon, 20 Nov 2023 10:45:02 +1300 | NZCER

Teachers in more isolated schools are more likely to have good morale, but are more likely to report concerns about vulnerable students’ ability to receive timely support. The findings come from a new NZCER data report, Teacher Perspectives from ...More >>

PPTA Seeks Urgent Meeting With NZQA About Exam Issues

Fri, 10 Nov 2023 15:37:03 +1300 | PPTA

PPTA Te Wehengarua is seeking an urgent meeting with the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to express teachers’ serious concerns about the issues with this year’s exams so far. “Running exams is NZQA’s core business and the issues being experienced ...More >>

Asking People To Listen So They Can Continue To Hear

Thu, 9 Nov 2023 10:05:04 +1300 | Hear This Education

8 November 2023 - Hear This Education Aotearoa New Zealand Incorporated trading as Hear This Education is introducing ourselves to the Aotearoa New Zealand audience to make them aware of our educational programmes which will roll out on a national ...More >>

National Can’t Ignore ECE If It’s Serious About A World-class Education System Says CTU

Wed, 8 Nov 2023 09:01:41 +1300 | New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

A National-led government can’t afford to ignore Early Childhood Education if it is committed to improving educational outcomes says the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions. “Today’s strike by ECE teachers is a timely reminder of why investing ...More >>

Early Childhood Education Teachers Strike Over Essential Funding

Mon, 6 Nov 2023 10:43:32 +1300 | NZEI

Kaiako and kaimahi from around 100 early childhood education centres across the motu will take strike action for the first time ever on Wednesday 8 November after voting last month to take industrial action. The teachers, who are part of the Early ...More >>

Win For ECE Providers As Ministry Of Education Confirms Common Sense Building WoF Approach

Fri, 3 Nov 2023 12:13:52 +1300 | Early Childhood Council

The Early Childhood Council welcomes the Ministry of Education’s clarification they won’t automatically remove early learning centre licences if their building loses its warrant of fitness under new MBIE guidelines, after an ECC investigation. ...More >>

Principals Survey An Accurate Reflection Of Top Concerns

Fri, 3 Nov 2023 11:55:13 +1300 | Post Primary Teachers' Association

A national survey of secondary principals which found the top issues facing schools were providing support for vulnerable students and recrutiing quality teachers, is an accurate reflection, says Kate Gainsford, Chair of the Secondary Principals’ ...More >>

Principals Promise To Keep Politicians Accountable For Education Policy

Fri, 13 Oct 2023 12:15:53 +1300 | New Zealand Principals' Federation

"Education drives our country’s future prosperity," says Leanne Otene, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation, "and we cannot afford to get education policy wrong this general election," she said. To help get ...More >>

Seymour's Proposed Changes To ECE 'B4 School Checks' Are Wrongheaded And Myopic

Thu, 12 Oct 2023 13:05:30 +1300 | Lynley Tulloch

The proposed change in ‘B4 School Checks’ by ACT party leader David Seymour are concerning on several levels. Seymour recently announced the proposal which includes extending the ‘B4 School Checks’ focus on health to testing for certain skills. ...More >>

‘Students Associations Call On All Political Parties To Commit To The Higher Education Funding Review’

Wed, 11 Oct 2023 14:02:39 +1300 | Joint Press Release

Students associations are calling on leaders of all political parties to commit to the higher education funding review, before voting closes on Saturday. ‘This year we have seen that the way we fund universities fundamentally doesn’t work,’ ...More >>

Achievement Still Plummeting Under Labour

Tue, 3 Oct 2023 05:50:16 +1300 | New Zealand National Party

New achievement data shows Labour’s shameful legacy in education with around half of Year 10 students falling basic reading, writing and maths tests, National’s Education spokesperson Erica Stanford says. “The 2023 NCEA Literacy and Numeracy ...More >>

Greater Support Needed For Aspiring Secondary School Wāhine Māori Leaders

Mon, 2 Oct 2023 13:05:49 +1300 | Post Primary Teachers' Association

Robust, tailored mentoring programmes, innovative ‘apprenticeship’ models and more professional development opportunities are needed to support wāhine Māori who are or want to be school leaders, a new report has found. The report, Me aro ...More >>


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