Policy

Shock change in ECE law

By Jane Blaikie 21 January, 2016

You are an unqualified carer at home with seven children under five. A few more older children are also on the premises. In an emergency you have to get out…

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Education Act review: a kind of ‘merry-go-round’

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2016

NZEI National Executive members met in Wellington with officials to challenge the ministry’s thinking on the review of the Education Act. The government announced an “update” of the Education Act…

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A tale of two fairs

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

The government is expected to announce this year changes to how schools are funded. Currently decile funding is meant to compensate for inequity. But as the tale of these two…

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ECE complaints may be tip of an iceberg

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

A spike in the number of complaints being made about early learning services is likely to be the tip of an iceberg. Complaints to the Ministry of Education jumped 50…

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Seizing success from the jaws of the GERM

By Jane Blaikie 18 January, 2016

Smart schools are taking a cautious approach to the new Communities of Learning (CoL), rejecting the one-size-fits -all model and working according to evidence, need and proven records of success.…

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Special education Update

By Jane Blaikie 18 January, 2016

NZEI member leaders have told Parliament’s inquiry into dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism that there is a growing number of students who are not getting their educational needs met because of…

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TPPA threatens quality public education in New Zealand

By Debra Harrington 13 January, 2016

New Zealand public education will be seriously undermined once our government signs the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary Paul Goulter says the deal puts…

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Have your say on the purpose of education

By Stephanie Mills 2 December, 2015

“What’s the point of going to school?” is a question many parents are familiar with.  Too often, we probably tell our kids that it’s so they can get a good…

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Listen up, Ms Parata

By Jane Blaikie 27 November, 2015

For the second time this month, the Minister of Education has announced significant changes to education law that have profound implications for the New Zealand education system. As discussed earlier, this is…

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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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