'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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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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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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Questions for Minister Parata over Rangiora

By Jane Blaikie 11 January, 2016

A developing story about the punitive use of a school commissioner at Rangiora High raises questions about a promise the government made two years ago to fix a system of…

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Money, money, money

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2015

Teachers are happy to do it, says Auckland principal Malcolm Milner, it’s just the kind of people they are and the kind of people you want to have in teaching.…

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Modern learning environments

By Diana Clement 20 January, 2015

They’re all the rage “you know”: modern learning environments (MLEs), that is. But are the benefits proven or unproven? Is the MLE a modern-day version of the Emperor’s New Clothes?…

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Asbestos cancer strikes retired principal

By Jane Blaikie 16 July, 2010

All primary schools must be free of asbestos hazards, says a retired Wellington principal who has the incurable cancer mesothelioma. Older teachers need to be aware that they may have…

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Teachers speak with their wallets

By Jane Blaikie 14 April, 2010

It began with a comment from a group of Auckland teachers at NZEI Te Riu Roa’s annual meeting last year about how much of their own money they spend on…

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