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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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It’s time to LEAD (or be led)

By Jane Blaikie 18 April, 2016

NZEI Te Riu Roa President Louise Green Every member is a leader in their day-to-day work, but now ‘Leadership’ is back on the government’s agenda, and it’s crucial the sector…

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What is Bill English up to?

By Jane Blaikie 30 March, 2016

Is Bill English making it up as he goes along or is there a master plan? It is widely accepted in Wellington that Bill English is the driving force of education reform in NZ,…

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Another Novopay debacle causes budget stress for school support staff

By Debra Harrington 10 March, 2016

Novopay has cut the pay of around 6000 school support staff in what NZEI Te Riu Roa is describing as an unfair and illegal move. This is causing huge amounts…

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NZ a better Britain – for now

By David Bridson 30 January, 2016

The focus of this article is on national statutory assessment in England and is based on my experiences as a principal and teacher in both countries. From it, conclusions are…

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Success in more than one size

By Debra Harrington 21 January, 2016

Thirteen-year-old Jack Hudner sits calmly at the crowded round table in his principal’s office at Gisborne Intermediate. He thoughtfully answers questions about how today’s class trip to the Eastwood Hill…

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Smart practice with BTs

By Jane Blaikie 21 January, 2016

New teacher Melinda Clow speaks highly of the BT programme at Kauri Park. She came late to teaching, and even with a mother who had taught for 40 years, wasn’t…

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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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Learn (and learn to teach) a new language – for free

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2016

A free programme run through Auckland University enables teachers to boost their own and their students‘ language learning. Learn (or learn more) Chinese, Cook Islands Maori, French, German, Japanese, Niuean, Samoan,…

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Do the (copy) Right Thing

By Jane Blaikie 19 January, 2016

We’ve all been on the Facebook pages and seen the fabulous resources being shared by educators. But how many are breaking the law, and how many will have their work…

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