Bulk-funding would lead to staff trade-offs

By Kate Drury 14 September, 2016

Principals and Boards of Trustees sit down at about this time every year and decide how they will staff their schools for the next year. They do not have to…

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Another attempt at increasing class sizes

By Jane Blaikie 14 September, 2016

A smart government knows that when a particular policy hits the brick wall of public opinion, you quickly retreat and try to find another way around. In 2012 the government…

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Support Staff campaign underway

By Jane Blaikie 17 August, 2016

Sign the petition! In May, the National Government froze the already-stretched school operations grant that pays for support staff wages and other essential school running costs. A campaign is underway…

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Hooton hears a fairytale

By Jane Blaikie 12 August, 2016

Matthew Hooton’s extraordinary attack on teachers in today’s National Business Review sits behind a pay wall but here’s a taste: First, he creates a fairy tale, saying about the profession that:  it’s…

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By speaking out, teachers defend children

By Jane Blaikie 10 August, 2016

Good morning David I was saddened to hear your smarty-pants sound-bite response to a serious education issue when you spoke to RNZ this morning. As a parliamentarian, you should display…

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Joint campaign for better funding

By Jane Blaikie 9 August, 2016

The government’s plans to introduce bulk-funding to schools, and to ditch equity funding in ECE, will meet strong resistance in coming months. Today, PPTA and NZEI member leaders announced the…

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PORSE the winner in nanny intern programme

By Melissa Schwalger 5 May, 2016

It looks like PORSE (owned by Evolve Education) is onto a real money-making winner with its nanny intern course. According to its media release and website, young women (they’re invariably…

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Tell Pearson

By Jane Blaikie 28 April, 2016

Unsurprisingly, Pearson’s directors have recommended that shareholders vote against a resolution that calls for a change to their business model. This is the latest from the American Federation of Teachers:…

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Why Pearson?

By Jane Blaikie 23 April, 2016

Why have NZEI Te Riu Roa members joined with 100 education unions, pension funds and others in a campaign to persuade Pearson to change its business model? On 29 April,…

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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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