Opinion

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Ministry’s response to ECE injury leaves parents shocked

By Jane Blaikie 12 July, 2016

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare – and for Rachel* it came true. Rachel left son Stephan, aged 23 months, at his centre at 8am. The phone call came an hour…

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'We must be vigilant and united'

By Louise Green 12 July, 2016

Tension In a recent speech to an Education Council seminar, the Minister of Education Hekia Parata stated: “A key indicator of success (of the new council) will be if in…

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The trubil wiv foniks in speling

By Jane Blaikie 10 July, 2016

An increasing number of New Zealand schools are now moving away from ‘whole language’ theories of how children learn to read and spell and re-introducing phonological awareness programmes instead. This…

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Funding Review: kids will miss out

By Jane Blaikie 22 June, 2016

Behind the spin, government proposals on how to reform school and ECE funding will see more kids missing out. The Cabinet paper just released shows that the government is looking to:…

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It's all the teachers' fault!

By Jane Blaikie 15 June, 2016

Government ministers have made extraordinary claims about education in Parliament this week. It started with Housing Minister Nick Smith saying that falling levels of home ownership, particularly for Maori and Pasikifa…

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Pearson, Gates privatise ed in Third World; us next?

By Jane Blaikie 8 June, 2016

Global corporates, like Pearson, and billionaires, like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerburg, like to put a positive gloss on their activities. So instead of saying, ‘We want to privatise public education…

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Inclusive ed PD from TRCC & Canty Uni

By Jane Blaikie 12 May, 2016

Everybody In: supporting the learning, participation and success of children and young people with disabilities in education This course, run in partnership with the University of Canterbury, is for all…

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Stretch the envelope!

By Debra Harrington 21 April, 2016

“James and I have the same dopey sense of humour,” says Te Atatu Intermediate School Principal Noelle Fletcher as she and Arohanui School principal James Le Marquand attempt to explain…

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Learning to lead in the 21st Century

By Martin Bassett 20 April, 2016

Those who aspire to the role of leader in the 21st Century must learn to lead. Education in New Zealand is currently experiencing its most significant change since the educational…

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In defence of the 'school' in MLEs

By Dr Kirsten Locke 20 April, 2016

The notion of school as a place of learning that is time-bound and situated in a geographically defined space is challenged by virtual learning spaces that can be accessed anywhere,…

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