Child poverty

Joint campaign for better funding

By Jane Blaikie 9 August, 2016

The government’s plans to introduce bulk-funding to schools, and to ditch equity funding in ECE, will meet strong resistance in coming months. Today, PPTA and NZEI member leaders announced the…

Read More

Special needs is about asthma and diabetes. Yeah right

By Jane Blaikie 10 February, 2016

Clearly, the Ministry of Education is lost for ideas (if not words) in response to a SENCO survey that shows special education is woefully under-resourced in New Zealand schools and…

Read More

Steep rise in child poverty

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2016

The latest Child Poverty Monitor Technical Report shows that New Zealand has shameful levels of child poverty.

Read More

Summer reading

By Sharon Jones 22 December, 2015

Holidays are here, time to curl up with a good book.  These are hot-off-the-press titles on education and social issues to explore. A new addition to telling the story of New Zealand’s…

Read More

When are we going to see action to tackle child poverty?

By Debra Harrington 16 December, 2015

The latest report on child poverty (Child Poverty Monitor, Children’s Commissioner) would be no surprise to anyone. It seems every year the findings of highly-researched studies are released and they…

Read More

Principal overload

By Jane Blaikie 11 November, 2015

It’s no surprise to read that more principals are resigning through stress, burnout and increased liability. The Minister/Ministry continues to run the line that superhero principals can overcome problems in society that…

Read More

Pedagogies of hope; dialogical professional development

By Jane Blaikie 1 April, 2015

Introduction Students in poverty often do not reach their potential in New Zealand’s education system; this is largely due to reasons outside of schools’ control (see Snook and O’Neill chapter).…

Read More

Money, money, money

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2015

Teachers are happy to do it, says Auckland principal Malcolm Milner, it’s just the kind of people they are and the kind of people you want to have in teaching.…

Read More

Superhero teachers and saintly principals

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2014

NZEI teachers and principals will feature in a new book, Education and Poverty from Dunmore Press. But while these educators do an amazing job in militating the effects of poverty,…

Read More

Russell Wills – Public hero number one

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2014

Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills credits an inspirational intermediate teacher with guiding his excessive energy onto a more productive path of helping others. He talks to Michelle Nixon. Russell Wills is…

Read More