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Stronger together: better pay for support staff

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

Support staff are the professionals at the heart of our schools and centres. They hold it together for all of us. But who’s holding it together for support staff?  Support…

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Vote for children, vote for education

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

 Educators from 93% of schools and 65% of kindergartens have voted 99% in favour of resolutions that oppose bulk funding and call for their meaningful engagement in the development of…

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250 minutes of release time – a week

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

“The landscape here really isn’t red or orange,” says principal Steve Berezowski (right), who last term was the guinea pig in a new principal exchange programme. He swapped his 540-student…

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Finalists live now at Kaboom.nz

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

Hundreds of gorgeous entries to the Kaboom art competition are now up on the website. See the artistic talent that’s alive and well in our centres and schools. The research…

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$27,425 for an SUV? Really?

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

As ECE and state schools grapple with under-funding , charter schools seem awash with cash. Their trusts are accumulating millions in assets and admin payments are through the roof. Charter…

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Education news: spring 2016

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

SEG funding falls by 1.8% The Special Education Grant (SEG) paid to schools through operational grant funding is failing to keep up with wage inflation and roll growth. Between 2009…

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Te Mata teachers peak on performance

By Debra Harrington 27 September, 2016

New entrants’ teacher Brenda Skelton was gutted to find that she was the only one of her teaching colleagues who failed to get ACET registration two years ago. Along with…

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Support Staff campaign underway

By Jane Blaikie 17 August, 2016

Sign the petition! In May, the National Government froze the already-stretched school operations grant that pays for support staff wages and other essential school running costs. A campaign is underway…

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They're speaking French in Millers Flat

By Jane Blaikie 16 August, 2016

With little previous experience, Hilary Spedding, principal of rural Millers Flat Primary, has introduced a French language programme for her 21 senior students. “Seniors will be learning French”. The small…

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Hooton hears a fairytale

By Jane Blaikie 12 August, 2016

Matthew Hooton’s extraordinary attack on teachers in today’s National Business Review sits behind a pay wall but here’s a taste: First, he creates a fairy tale, saying about the profession that:  it’s…

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