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Sign up for captioning – here's why

By Jane Blaikie 11 November, 2015

The parent of a nine-year-old child who is deaf is promoting the benefits of TV captioning for all children. This funny video explains why. Helen MacKay is asking for signatures…

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Ed Act Review farce

By Jane Blaikie 11 November, 2015

The consultation phase of the Education Act Review is either highly cynical or a snub to the profession. I was shocked to return from a month away from the news-cycle to…

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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…

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There is a better way

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

The Joint Initiative is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost the New Zealand education system. Will the Minister of Education give the go-ahead or will the government persist with its ideological…

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The good soil

By Michelle Nixon 26 October, 2013

Make sure it’s fun, accessible and edible! Involve the children from the start in the whole cycle – planting, weeding, caring for plants, farming produce and harvesting seeds for next…

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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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Christchurch – down but not out

By Michelle Nixon 18 July, 2013

But that doesn’t seem to have figured in Education Minister Hekia Parata’s decision to cut off life support for at least a dozen communities, and there are fears it will…

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Putting on a show

By Diana Clement 7 January, 2013

Set a budget: planned and marketed well, the school production can be a money spinner for schools – providing you avoid a budget blowout. Your budget might include performance rights,…

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From the ground up

By Jenny Davies 27 October, 2012

Key points Pasifika families are thriving on a new project that trains parents to be home-based early childhood educators.The Wellington Kindergarten Association project enables Pasifika parents to keep their children…

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It's Just Politics

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

The government is steamrolling on with its national standards policy despite the deep concerns of teachers, parents, principals and academics’”and a well supported NZEI campaign to Trial the Standards, Not…

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