Achievement

Kaboom – this is what the judge is looking for!

By Jane Blaikie 18 February, 2016

Kaboom – this is what the judge is looking for! Artist and author Bob Kerr says what he’s looking for in the children’s art competition Creativity sits at the heart…

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The Purpose of Education: a new frontier of parent-teacher interaction

By Cathy Wylie 14 July, 2014

In 1993 when Anne Meade and I started work on the longitudinal project that would become Competent Learners,[1] our first step was to define what the legacy of early childhood…

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The Purpose of Education – critical and creative thinking

By Cathy Wylie 7 July, 2014

It is important that all students learn certain basic skills. The 3Rs – reading, writing and arithmetic – are, as Dr Cathy Wylie describes, “the spine of publically funded education.”…

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The terrible toll of transience on our schools and students

By Elizabeth McLeod 28 April, 2014

Last year, nearly half the 167 kids enrolled at Hamilton East School had left by the end of the year: not counting Year 6 leavers. If this wasn’t disruptive enough,…

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Charter schools more hype than hope for Māori

By Heni Collins 18 July, 2013

Key points Minister of Education Hekia Parata is known to be a keen advocate of charter schools being run by Māori education providers. But many in Māoridom are not so…

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League tables: the media's new poverty porn

By Jane Blaikie 7 January, 2013

An initial flurry of attention by commentators and politicians quickly waned as it became obvious that all the data had to show was a form of poverty porn: decile 10…

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Support staff count at Wainui Intermediate

By Jane Blaikie 22 October, 2010

Better use of support staff in schools is key to future school improvements. Jane Blaikie reports. It’s as clear as Bill English’s budget deficit, that public education will struggle to…

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Twenty fundamental flaws in the National Standards policy

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2010

The National Standards policy assumes “One Size Fits All”. But our children vary enormously in backgrounds, interests, needs and abilities. They learn best if their teaching is pitched just above…

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Standards miss the richness of our kids

By Jane Blaikie 18 July, 2010

“There’s a great deal of confusion,” says Jan Tinetti, principal at Merivale School, which has a 98 percent Maori role. “Four years ago our kids were failing, we were one…

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It’s the BES (and a must-read)

By Jane Blaikie 29 January, 2010

Called School Leadership and Student Outcomes: What Works and Why, the latest in the Best Evidence Synthesis series is running out the door like hot cakes. Almost 8,000 of the…

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