Education policy

Alfroi with teacher Nisha Rani and early intervention teacher, Katherine Reilly

Early intervention: Yes please! But where’s the money?

By Melissa Schwalger 12 July, 2016

Figures bandied about by officials suggest that a $30,000 investment in early intervention education will save the government around $150,000 down the track. Yet officials are also clear that there…

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'Rachel', 'Stephan' and 'Girgio' (names have been changed)

Ministry’s response to ECE injury leaves parents shocked

By Jane Blaikie 12 July, 2016

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare – and for Rachel* it came true. Rachel left son Stephan, aged 23 months, at his centre at 8am. The phone call came an hour…

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'We must be vigilant and united'

By Louise Green 12 July, 2016

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…

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Funding Review: kids will miss out

By Jane Blaikie 22 June, 2016

Behind the spin, government proposals on how to reform school and ECE funding will see more kids missing out. The Cabinet paper just released shows that the government is looking to:…

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It's all the teachers' fault!

By Jane Blaikie 15 June, 2016

Government ministers have made extraordinary claims about education in Parliament this week. It started with Housing Minister Nick Smith saying that falling levels of home ownership, particularly for Maori and Pasikifa…

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Pearson, Gates privatise ed in Third World; us next?

By Jane Blaikie 8 June, 2016

Global corporates, like Pearson, and billionaires, like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg, like to put a positive gloss on their activities. So instead of saying, ‘We want to privatise public education…

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New Children's Commissioner on 'neurodisabilities'

By Jane Blaikie 11 May, 2016

Interesting release here from the Dyslexia Foundation. New Children’s Commissioner, Andrew Becroft, is speaking at their forum, and clearly he is aware of the implications of learning disabilities. Does he also…

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PORSE the winner in nanny intern programme

By Melissa Schwalger 5 May, 2016

It looks like PORSE (owned by Evolve Education) is onto a real money-making winner with its nanny intern course. According to its media release and website, young women (they’re invariably…

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Tell Pearson

By Jane Blaikie 28 April, 2016

Unsurprisingly, Pearson’s directors have recommended that shareholders vote against a resolution that calls for a change to their business model. This is the latest from the American Federation of Teachers:…

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Why Pearson?

By Jane Blaikie 23 April, 2016

Why have NZEI Te Riu Roa members joined with 100 education unions, pension funds and others in a campaign to persuade Pearson to change its business model? On 29 April,…

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