Spring 2015

A bad case of spring fever

By Jane Blaikie 1 October, 2015

Reinforcements for the GERM (the global education reform movement) aka charter schools, privatisation, deregulation and high-stakes testing are coming to town. From October 15-17, Teach First NZ and Teach for…

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BTs miss out on money-go-round

By Jane Blaikie 1 October, 2015

Market failure that is severely affecting beginning teachers isn’t being helped by hundreds of thousands of dollars being thrown at the wrong solution. In primary, new graduates find a brutal…

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The case for spelling

By EA Staff 1 October, 2015

I am putting the case for spelling to again be recognised as an essential pre-condition of effective writing and not a secondary surface feature of writing. Now that I am…

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Bring joy to class

By John McIntyre 30 September, 2015

It’s a serious old business being a student these days – our children are more measured, tested, compared and ranked than ever before. Hail then the teacher who can bring…

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Health and safety ALERT

By Jane Blaikie 30 September, 2015

New health and safety legislation is an opportunity for schools and centres to review and strengthen procedures, says NZEI legal advisor David Martin. The new law puts more onus on…

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Big ECE centres less responsive

By Jane Blaikie 30 September, 2015

Another indicator that industrial-scale early childhood education (ECE) is not good for young children has emerged. ERO’s recent report Infants and Toddlers found that only 56% of services, in its…

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The fight is alive

By Louise Green 30 September, 2015

NZEI members have given a cautious Yes to the Ministry of Education’s Communities of Learning offer, which came out of our Joint Initiative work. We did not achieve everything we…

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United we stand

By Jane Blaikie 29 September, 2015

“We have to stick together. We have to sing the same tune so those at the top can hear,” says Teina Hakaraia. “By collegiality and working together, and helping others,…

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