Posts by Louise Green

Making history

Louise Green We have long wanted changes to the way education is resourced, to address inequity and to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children. However, the government’s seven proposals would radically change the way schools, kura and centres are “funded”. In particular, “global funding” would put quality teaching and learning at great risk.…

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'We must be vigilant and united'

Tension In a recent speech to an Education Council seminar, the Minister of Education Hekia Parata stated: “A key indicator of success (of the new council) will be if in two years, teachers are giving their fortnightly fees to the council instead of the union.” Obviously, that is an inappropriate comment. We enquired further of…

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Behind the education reform money trail

To find the true spirit and intent behind an organisation, it can be enlightening to follow the money trail.  And with Teach for All devotees from 35 countries descending on Auckland for a conference this week, it’s worth inquiring what this global movement is really about. Educators have been saying for a long time that…

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The fight is alive

NZEI members have given a cautious Yes to the Ministry of Education’s Communities of Learning offer, which came out of our Joint Initiative work. We did not achieve everything we wanted. We gathered the evidence, we investigated best practice, we put up the case. We lobbied. We negotiated. Even so, the ministry was unable to…

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Kids at the centre of ambitious new initiative

For the first time in years, there is a real buzz in the sector and sense of optimism about a new initiative. The need and the desire for this development can be illustrated by the experiences of a group of 10 Paeroa schools that got together to see how they could better meet the needs…

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