Ministry of Education

Victory comes from standing strong

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2015

Members ended last year on a high, thanks to a new agreement with the Ministry of Education prompted by a firm rejection of the flawed Investing in Educational Success scheme.…

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Kura eschew standards

By Heni Collins 2 October, 2014

Key points Kura kaupapa are preferring not to use Nga Whanaketanga – the equivalent of National Standards. Kura are developing their own curricula and assessment methods that more accurately reflect…

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But we already have clusters

By Michelle Nixon 29 September, 2014

Teachers have given an overwhelming No Confidence vote to the government’s proposed Investing in Educational Success policy, which is a GERM version of what many already practise. They say the…

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Investing in educational control

By Jane Blaikie 16 July, 2014

The National Party’s obsession with data and targets has lead to its proposed IES policy at the expense of child-centred learning. Michelle Nixon reports In January the government trumpeted what…

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Unchartered waters

By Michelle Nixon 6 April, 2013

The original charter schools were started by teacher unions in the United States more than 20 years ago to enrich the public school system by trying out new ways of…

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Where have all the jobs gone?

By Michelle Nixon 5 April, 2013

In October last year a speaker contracted by the Ministry of Education caused a furore by telling a group of Victoria University primary teaching students they should go overseas after…

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Christchurch unites to save schools

By Michelle Nixon 7 January, 2013

The 11,000-signature NZEI petition calls for a halt to the plans and urges the government to listen to Christchurch and refocus on quality education. The plan to close or merge…

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See for yourself: The government's business case for PPPs

By Jane Blaikie 22 July, 2010

Education Minister Anne Tolley is pressing on with plans to privatise a significant chunk of New Zealand’s school property programme. It is looking increasingly likely that new schools and school…

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Faster broadband for better learning

By Sarah Jones 19 July, 2010

Thorrington School Principal Paul Armitage: “We will make better use of the internet’s data-hungry multimedia, video conferencing and online learning tools. It will open the door on twenty-first century teaching…

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Help on hand for NZEI members

By Jane Blaikie 30 April, 2010

Recommend it? “Definitely!” says Beth Conrad about NZEI’s member call centre, which just celebrated its first birthday. Beth (left), the finance manager at Tahunanui and NZEI rep, has called the…

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