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…

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A tight piggy bank

Education reform: the new bulk-funding?  

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2016

The government is floating radical changes to school and ECE funding, including a new form of bulk-funding for schools, as part of its Education Funding Review. Last term, government invited…

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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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'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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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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ECE Whistleblower's Guide

By EA Staff 23 March, 2016

Teacher complaints are a vital part of ensuring quality in ECE. Teachers are on the ground, daily inhabiting a space with many other beings, adult and child, subject to regulations…

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Could really go a Gonski right now

By Jane Blaikie 18 March, 2016

This week the issue of the government’s review of school funding finally saw the light of day. Once again, this rather crucial piece of education reform has been a secret…

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A round-up of great stories from the Info Centre

By Jane Blaikie 17 March, 2016

Hot from the NZEI Te Riu Roa Infomation centre, some great new reading: Is inclusion really worth it? – this blog post poses the question: is all the effort made by…

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Is STA a glove puppet?

By Jane Blaikie 16 February, 2016

It’s hard to fathom why the New Zealand School Trustees Association would write a submission opposing a bill that would extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks. Not even business lobby groups are…

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