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Grassroots: where the best change happens

By Jane Blaikie 18 April, 2016

Pizza evening PD and bus tours for ECE members and new educators to see a variety of practice – NZEI Te Riu Roa branches and area councils are sharpening up…

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KidsCan launches cheaper failsafe nit comb

By Jane Blaikie 29 March, 2016

From KidsCan – Every parent’s faced the challenge of nits. Regardless of financial position nits have made themselves at home in thousands of children’s heads across the country and they…

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Kaboom – this is what the judge is looking for!

By Jane Blaikie 18 February, 2016

Kaboom – this is what the judge is looking for! Artist and author Bob Kerr says what he’s looking for in the children’s art competition Creativity sits at the heart…

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Reading together pulled apart?  

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

[g1_quote hide_author_image=”none” author_description_format=”%link%” align=”left” size=”s” style=”solid” template=”01″] Meaningful parental involvement with children’s activities and interests is the most critical factor in their children’s development. [/g1_quote] A reading initiative described as…

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New Australian teachers face literacy & numeracy tests

By Jane Blaikie 1 December, 2015

New Australian teachers have a new hurdle to jump before they enter the classroom. Graduates will face mandatory literacy and numeracy testing after they complete their degrees, and before they enter…

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Exam factories – or not? UK parents asked. Why not in NZ?

By Jane Blaikie 1 December, 2015

What’s it’s all about? Why do we even do it? What’s the point of education? UK parents will get the opportunity to say what they see as the purpose of education,…

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Govt spends less on primary education

By Jane Blaikie 26 November, 2015

A new OECD report shows the government spends less per primary-age student on education than most other comparable countries. We’re about the same on secondary, but again not so good…

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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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Principal overload

By Jane Blaikie 11 November, 2015

It’s no surprise to read that more principals are resigning through stress, burnout and increased liability. The Minister/Ministry continues to run the line that superhero principals can overcome problems in society that…

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World Teachers' Day protest over ECE funding cuts

By Melissa Schwalger 30 October, 2015

Concerned parents and teachers wanted to send a message to Education Minister Hekia Parata and the Government that every child needs a great teacher. However, the only additional ECE funding…

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