Primary Teachers

Reviews – autumn 2016

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

The issue that will not go away   Atmosphere of Hope Tim Flannery This book is a fantastic insight into the increasingly hard-to-ignore issue of climate change.  Tim Flannery first…

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Best apps for students

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

Hapara Dashboard is popular at Mangaroa School, says deputy principal Andrew de Wit. This dashboard is an organisational layer that sits over Google Apps for Education. Hapara helps organise and…

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Stronger together: better pay for support staff

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

Support staff are the professionals at the heart of our schools and centres. They hold it together for all of us. But who’s holding it together for support staff?  Support…

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Finalists live now at Kaboom.nz

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

Hundreds of gorgeous entries to the Kaboom art competition are now up on the website. See the artistic talent that’s alive and well in our centres and schools. The research…

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The growing role of SENCOs and why it needs resourcing

By Debra Harrington 27 September, 2016

Carterton School parent Jayne Bryant has spent years tracking through the difficult and complex pathway of special education. Her son Liam, who’s now seven, suffers from epilepsy and is on…

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Trusts front on BYOD as sharks circle

By Diana Clement 27 September, 2016

Daryl Evans works with families in South Auckland and says vulnerable families are being driven into the clutches of mobile shops, which charge exorbitant prices. “I did a price comparison…

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Te Mata teachers peak on performance

By Debra Harrington 27 September, 2016

New entrants’ teacher Brenda Skelton was gutted to find that she was the only one of her teaching colleagues who failed to get ACET registration two years ago. Along with…

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Making history

By Louise Green 27 September, 2016

Louise Green We have long wanted changes to the way education is resourced, to address inequity and to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children. However, the government’s seven…

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Bulk-funding would lead to staff trade-offs

By Kate Drury 14 September, 2016

Principals and Boards of Trustees sit down at about this time every year and decide how they will staff their schools for the next year. They do not have to…

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Another attempt at increasing class sizes

By Jane Blaikie 14 September, 2016

A smart government knows that when a particular policy hits the brick wall of public opinion, you quickly retreat and try to find another way around. In 2012 the government…

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