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…

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By the time your school's budget has been halved it will be too late

By Jane Blaikie 5 February, 2016

By the time your school’s budget has been halved (and the missing money has gone to the charter school round the corner) it will be too late to complain. Early…

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Free-for-all on public money meant for education

By Jane Blaikie 29 January, 2016

It seems right that last week it was announced NZ is more corrupt than we used to be. It’s easy to become hardened to the way things are changing. Disruption is…

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We need to talk about wealth

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

Wealth matters and particularly so in education, says Max Rashbrooke. Yet for a government that likes data, the numbers available on wealth in New Zealand are fairly sketchy. Rashbrooke usefully…

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MLE's under fire

By Jane Blaikie 2 December, 2015

Radio New Zealand reports this morning on parental concerns about modern learning environments. It seems some parents are shifting their children from these schools, which offer team teaching in large spaces, because they…

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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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Special education – the real crisis

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

Wellington principal Mark Potter is mildly optimistic about the Update, in part because his school is already on the path that the latest revamp of the Ministry of Education’s Special…

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Educators dig deep on Joint Initiative

By Jane Blaikie 30 April, 2015

Hundreds, if not thousands, of teachers, principals and support staff are offering the government a leg up on its failing education policies. “We’ve had too many initiatives to go and…

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Educators scramble to replace library services

By Diana Clement 30 March, 2015

The National Library says that class sets of books will no longer be available to individual teachers. Instead it will provide “sets of high quality, curated curriculum topic resources for…

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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.…

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