Magazine

A bad case of spring fever

By Jane Blaikie 1 October, 2015

Reinforcements for the GERM (the global education reform movement) aka charter schools, privatisation, deregulation and high-stakes testing are coming to town. From October 15-17, Teach First NZ and Teach for…

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BTs miss out on money-go-round

By Jane Blaikie 1 October, 2015

Market failure that is severely affecting beginning teachers isn’t being helped by hundreds of thousands of dollars being thrown at the wrong solution. In primary, new graduates find a brutal…

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United we stand

By Jane Blaikie 29 September, 2015

“We have to stick together. We have to sing the same tune so those at the top can hear,” says Teina Hakaraia. “By collegiality and working together, and helping others,…

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Yes – let's talk!

By Michelle Nixon 14 July, 2015

Educators want to talk to parents. Parents want to talk to us. NZEI activists share their advice on how to get the communication right. Share this information with parents. It’s…

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3Rs + C for coding?

By Diana Clement 14 July, 2015

Should we or shouldn’t we teach computer coding in schools? The curriculum is cramped as it is. But there is a growing belief that the 3Rs need to be supplemented…

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BTs bear the brunt of market failure

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

How does the brutal situation facing beginning teachers square with the stated aim of lifting teacher quality? A shortage of teachers may be looming in secondary schools, especially in maths…

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Big centres don't work for small children

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

EA has taken a lot of flak for exposing poor practice in large, for-profit ECE centres. But one highly respected provider also has concerns. Wellington husband and wife team Robin…

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There is a better way

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

The Joint Initiative is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to boost the New Zealand education system. Will the Minister of Education give the go-ahead or will the government persist with its ideological…

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Special education – the real crisis

By Jane Blaikie 14 July, 2015

Wellington principal Mark Potter is mildly optimistic about the Update, in part because his school is already on the path that the latest revamp of the Ministry of Education’s Special…

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Educators dig deep on Joint Initiative

By Jane Blaikie 30 April, 2015

Hundreds, if not thousands, of teachers, principals and support staff are offering the government a leg up on its failing education policies. “We’ve had too many initiatives to go and…

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