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Minister: I don’t like deciles

Hekia Parata, in her usual ham-hands manner, has decried the decile system not because it does not fund schools fairly but because, apparently it’s used “as an excuse and an explanation” … Continue reading

01/07/2013 · Leave a comment

slashing funding and teachers and turning our schools over to private operators

Education ‘reforms’ are not improving education.  Instead the are deforming it.  here’s a look at what is happening in the USA, a salutary reminder for New Zealand: America’s K-12 schools … Continue reading

26/06/2013 · Leave a comment

PISA tests could get curiouser and curiouser

TES (Times Educational Supplement) is reporting that PISA tests are likely to change in the near future, assessing more diverse skills than the previous maths, reading, writing and science.  Under … Continue reading

25/06/2013 · Leave a comment

‘Astronomical’ bill for Salisbury battle

More news has come out regarding the cost of Hekia’s failed mission to close Salisbury special school.  It seems she’s racking up quite a bill there as Minister of Education. … Continue reading

20/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Gove’s school reforms will damage ‘whole generation of children’, new Carnegie Medal winner claims

Sally Gardner warned new government policies risked damaging a “whole generation of children” by setting them up for failure. She argued children like her would now be dismissed as “thick” … Continue reading

20/06/2013 · Leave a comment

The village that could scupper Michael Gove’s free school revolution (UK)

Schools Improvement Net reports:  A Buckinghamshire village is threatening legal action over plans to set up an 850-pupil Sikh secondary school in its midst. Residents of wealthy Stoke Poges have … Continue reading

19/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Research debunks internal assesment criticism

New research is flying in the face of criticism about internal assessments in schools. A two and a half year project at Victoria University has revealed students completing the internal … Continue reading

19/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Nurses into every low decile primary and intermediate school in New Zealand

The Green Party has announced a plan to put nurses into every low decile primary and intermediate school in New Zealand. Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei announced the plan at … Continue reading

02/06/2013 · Leave a comment

Bid to change charter school legislation fails

Legislation that would set up charter schools has passed its committee stages in Parliament with no changes. Under the legislation, the publicly-funded private schools will not have to employ registered … Continue reading

31/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Gordon Campbell on the readiness to do social experiments on the education of children

The school closures in Christchurch really are a perfect storm – the most stressed community in New Zealand is being led by the most accident prone Minister in the Key … Continue reading

31/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Why Salisbury School was right to be wary of this government

Background It was on 31 October last year that  Education Minister, Hekia Parata, announced her decision to close both  Salisbury School in Nelson and McKenzie Residential School in Christchurch. Both … Continue reading

31/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Debate On Charter Schools

MPs debated controversial education reforms in the House today. At 4.13 the Government suspended the Budget debate and began the committee stage of the Education Amendment Bill. There are still 6 … Continue reading

29/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Next steps for 19 greater Christchurch schools – Hekia Parata

Education Minister Hekia Parata has today announced final decisions for 16 greater Christchurch schools affected by the Government’s Education Renewal Plans and two new proposals for three other schools. “The … Continue reading

29/05/2013 · 3 Comments

John Key privatizes Child Poverty

Key’s argument that we can’t afford MANAs $100m per year to feed every child a breakfast and lunch in every decile 1 & 2 school is a disgusting moral indictment on … Continue reading

28/05/2013 · Leave a comment

NZEI says food in schools is a good start in fight against educational underachievement

NZEI Te Riu Roa says the much-needed initiative to provide food for children in schools is an acknowledgement by the Government that poverty and educational achievement are inextricably linked. NZEI … Continue reading

28/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Government funding to expand KickStart programme, and a grant to KidsCan

Prime Minister John Key today announced Government funding to expand Fonterra and Sanitarium’s KickStart Breakfast programme, and a grant to KidsCan to boost a variety of the charity’s initiatives. “By … Continue reading

28/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Leading educators in last ditch bid to stop charter schools

Some of New Zealand’s leading education figures have voiced their opposition to charter schools in an open letter to the Government. Sixty-five representatives, including some of the priority learner groups … Continue reading

28/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Food in schools ‘masks urgent social issues’

Family First NZ says that a food-in-schools programme will be a short-term band-aid to mask the more serious issues of parental neglect, loan sharks, budgeting, and increasing living costs. Family … Continue reading

28/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Food in schools should be Government-funded – TVNZ poll

Nearly three quarters of New Zealanders questioned in a survey think the state should fund a food in schools programme for poorer areas. The Government will tomorrow unveil a multi-million … Continue reading

28/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Govt to announce food in schools programme this week

Mr Key made the announcement at the National Party’s northern regional conference in Auckland on Sunday. He told delegates that the initiative sits alongside other Government programmes including more money … Continue reading

26/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Teachers on leave a cost to schools

Teachers will pay for changes that have almost doubled the cost of hiring relievers, with school principals concerned a new system will put them under pressure to say ‘no’ to … Continue reading

26/05/2013 · Leave a comment

State schools review religious classes

God has been pulled from the classrooms of dozens of state schools in the past two years, as experts call for children to be taught about a wider range of … Continue reading

26/05/2013 · Leave a comment

It’s a slippery slope….

Listen carefully to what this teacher of 15 years says in her video of resignation. Listen as she describes teaching under the changes brought in by educational reforms; Teaching to the … Continue reading

26/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Hekia Parata: a minister out of her depth?

It’s almost 18 months since Prime Minister John Key gave the education portfolio to Hekia Parata, despite the fact she’d only been an MP for three years. Ever since, she’s … Continue reading

25/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Self-belief central to Kelston’s improving grades, says principal

By his own admission, Kelston Boys’ High School student Samson Fualalo was an unmotivated learner. “I was the guy who came to school to eat his lunch, I just came … Continue reading

24/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Teachers seek suppression review

The Teachers Council wants a major review to clarify name suppression for teachers who are hauled before its disciplinary tribunal because it feels that its approach of blanket name suppression … Continue reading

24/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Novopay debacle costs $3.5m in extra staff

Dealing with the bungled Novopay system has cost taxpayers nearly $3.5 million in extra staffing, documents reveal. The payroll system went live in August and has resulted in endless problems … Continue reading

24/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Hundreds protest against merger of Christchurch schools

Hundreds of people turned out in Christchurch this morning to protest against the merger of two primary schools. The Government earlier this year announced an interim decision to close seven … Continue reading

24/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Results roller coaster

A Ministry of Education test has produced exaggerated scores, and principals say this has corrupted the National Standards results. Primary and intermediate school students have had their results in a … Continue reading

23/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Government to introduce charter hospitals

The National Government has today announced plans to introduce a number of charter hospitals, similar to their charter school counterparts, in major population centres around the country. The hospitals, which … Continue reading

23/05/2013 · Leave a comment

National Standards data not comparable enough to release

With last year’s national standards data due to be published as soon as next week, new research shows that the introduction of National Standards into primary schools shows extreme variability in … Continue reading

23/05/2013 · Leave a comment

QPEC Doesn’t Buy the Rhetoric Behind Charter Schools

Minister of Education, Hekia Parata, has again attempted to defend the ideology behind the introduction of the charter school concept into New Zealand. In today’s NZ Herald, (Tuesday 21 May) … Continue reading

22/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Martin Thrupp talks National Standards, on Breakfast

The first study of NS shows inconsistency. Watch the video here.

22/05/2013 · Leave a comment

National Standards comparisons are impossible

The Government is again releasing National Standards data later this month in a new standardised format that will seem to make it easier to compare schools. In this respect the … Continue reading

22/05/2013 · Leave a comment

National standards in education are not national or standard.

As I have highlighted previously, at the end of this month the government will release the national standards data that will a) ‘prove’ that their education policies are ‘raising achievement’ … Continue reading

22/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Chch Schools – 4 closed, 1 saved.

Aranui High, Aranui Primary, Wainoni and Avondale will be closed to form a year 1 to year 13 school. The schools will form one school on the Aranui High grounds. One school proposed to merge, Chisnallwood … Continue reading

22/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Confused about the national curriculum? Here, have a pre-loaded tablet.

Next year schools don’t need to follow the national curriculum. The year after, only some of them will. And the year after that, robots will be teaching our children. Don’t … Continue reading

21/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Minister ‘backs down’ over Salisbury

The Green Party welcomes Education Minister Hekia Parata’s U-turn on closing Salisbury School but deplores the unnecessary fear and stress this mangled process has put families through, Green Party associate … Continue reading

21/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Inland Revenue’s website has information for people affected by the teacher pay issues, including KiwiSaver.

I am a retired school teacher who does casual relief teaching to supplement the pension. When Novopay set up my pay they deducted KiwiSaver funds without my consent. It took … Continue reading

21/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Union outs charter school hopefuls

A list of organisations that have expressed interest in running charter schools has been outed, revealing a high proportion of religious groups, including a Manawatu church arguing it has the … Continue reading

21/05/2013 · Leave a comment

Salisbury School Board Thrilled With Decision To Keep School Open

Salisbury Board Chair Helen McDonnell says the school is thrilled that the Education Minister has decided to keep Salisbury School open into the future. The Minister of Education Hon Hekia Parata … Continue reading

21/05/2013 · Leave a comment

National’s list of laws passed under urgency

A Labour MP and a National Party-aligned blogger have joined forces to object to the Government’s frequent use of urgency to push legislation through Parliament. Labour MP Grant Robertson released … Continue reading

20/05/2013 · Leave a comment

School leaders issue joint statement on the review of the New Zealand Teachers Council

Leaders of major schooling organisations  in New Zealand are welcoming the Government’s decision to consult with teachers on the outcomes of a review of the Teachers Council.(1) The leaders of … Continue reading

20/05/2013 · Leave a comment
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