Inequality

Rising to the challenge of system change

By Jane Blaikie 19 April, 2016

Changing times – Paul Goulter With the constant swirl in education it can be difficult to get a frame of how it all fits together. At a government level, there…

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Missing the point on literacy

By Jane Blaikie 23 February, 2016

The announcement that government is giving academics $34m so they can find ways to give children ‘A Better Start – E Tipu e Rea’ rather misses the point. Not that giving…

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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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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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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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Shock change in ECE law

By Jane Blaikie 21 January, 2016

You are an unqualified carer at home with seven children under five. A few more older children are also on the premises. In an emergency you have to get out…

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On the way to equal pay

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2016

Three support workers, special education, have stepped up to take a case for equal pay. Mary Jones from Masterton (centre) and Kathy Power, (left) Christchurch, are pictured here with Kristine…

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A tale of two fairs

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

The government is expected to announce this year changes to how schools are funded. Currently decile funding is meant to compensate for inequity. But as the tale of these two…

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ECE complaints may be tip of an iceberg

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

A spike in the number of complaints being made about early learning services is likely to be the tip of an iceberg. Complaints to the Ministry of Education jumped 50…

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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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