Report compares NZ and European qualifications frameworks
A new report comparing the qualifications frameworks, levels, and quality assurance arrangements will help support more transparent and consistent recognition of qualifications between European Union Member States and New Zealand.
Over 200 applicants for Teacher-led Innovation Fund
The Ministry of Education has received over 200 applications for the first round of the $10 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund.
Massey researchers find IES evidence doesn’t stack up
A team of Massey University education policy specialists has highlighted 11 areas of concern about the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success (IES) programme.
More schools dive into the Pond
*Network for Learning (N4L) has revealed some new features to its digital learning hub, Pond, today at the annual ULearn conference in Rotorua.*
From tweeting to meeting
Members of a Twitter network for New Zealand educators, #edchatNZ, are preparing to meet face-to-face at the inaugural #edchatNZ conference in Auckland. Registrations have opened for the event, which will take place at the new Hobsonville Point Secondary School in Auckland over the 8-9th of August this year.
Little diplomats in action
JUDE BARBACK talks to Oropi School principal Andrew King about the Little Diplomats programme, which has helped its students to build their intercultural competencies and the school to build its relationship with its sister school in China.
Building bridges and opening doors
CHRIS HENDERSON believes global competencies are the foundations for our future.
Forging better connections between secondary schools and higher education
We are starting to think of education as more of a continuum, rather than segmented into separate stages. An increasing number of partnerships between secondary schools and tertiary education organisations have emerged in the last decade, signalling a more integrated and connected system. Here, Education Review looks at a recent example of secondary-tertiary collaboration. ara institute
Post-intervention: the importance of sustainability
DR PHIL COOGAN says collaborative partnerships and capability transfer are the key to ensuring the sustainability of an intervention.
Lessons learned and looking forward: a changing of the guard at the PPTA
JUDE BARBACK meets with new Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) president Jack Boyle and catches up with his predecessor Angela Roberts.
Three major questions for three major education thought leaders
Education Review asks three leading international educationalists – Sugata Mitra, Sir John Jones and Frances Valintine – to respond to three big questions.
How Macs are improving opportunities for Māori leaders
LIZ HAWES discusses how the Ministry of Education, the New Zealand Principals’ Federation and Te Akatea, the Māori Principals’ Association have worked together to develop a professional learning development programme for teachers of Māori learners.
Ruapehu’s technology hub – just one part of the puzzle
All schools strive to engage with their communities. Some do it better than others. Here, JUDE BARBACK looks at an outstanding example of school-iwi partnerships in Ruapehu.
I’m often guilty of compartmentalising. In following news of political unrest over Brexit, the Syrian crisis, climate change, the rise of Donald Trump, the turmoil of our housing and dairy industries, I often fail to connect the dots of what it all means for New Zealand education.
Caution needed over CoLs
Following NZEI Te Riu Roa’s concerns about Education Review’s article ‘Communities of Learning – “game changing”’ that appeared in our last issue, Education Review extended the invitation to NZEI to contribute an article to give voice to the union’s concerns. Here, MELISSA SCHWALGER discusses some reservations around Communities of Learning (CoL) and how these are being addressed.
Online learning communities: COOL idea or not?
The proposal for new online learning communities has sparked suggestions that we’re about to unleash online charter schools onto New Zealand education.
Plugging the skills gap
With all the talk about New Zealand’s growing skill shortages in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) areas, Education Review looks at two collaborative tertiary initiatives aimed to plug gaps in ICT and engineering.
The sector speaks up: the future of New Zealand education
Education Review’s outstanding ‘Sector Voices’ special e-edition was published at the end of 2015, bringing together the varied and considered opinions of leaders, principals and teachers to reveal the key issues New Zealand education faces going forward. Here is a taste of some of the topics and views that emerged.
The importance of parent voice
With so much attention on teaching practice, policy decisions and student agency, it’s easy to forget one of the most influential stakeholders in a child’s schooling – the parents. JUDE BARBACK looks at the importance of making parents and whānau part of the education conversation.
The power of the IEP – getting parents on board
Sharon Fuemana and children
A pattern for success
Fifteen fashion students prepare to depart for India to take part in a unique international fashion education project.
Open education: possible future or utopian idea?
JUDE BARBACK considers the debates around open access and open educational resources.
Improving governance or Government power grab?
The Government’s plans to reform university and wānanga governance councils to create smaller, skills-based councils have been opposed by many in the sector.
One big happy family: uni, polys and wānanga collaborate
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic and the University of Waikato have been working together for more than a decade to increase tertiary education opportunities in the Western Bay of Plenty.
Consultation and evidence are key
Lessons in leadership: what can New Zealand learn from the International Successful School Principalship Project?
ROSS NOTMAN considers New Zealand research findings from an international educational leadership project and what they mean for the new leadership roles emerging from the Government’s $359m plan to help raise student achievement.
The yellow brick road to EDUCANZ
The notion of EDUCANZ’s so-called ‘independence’ is questioned as the new legislation makes its way through Parliament.
Penguins Without Borders
Education Review looks at the successful education partnership struck between New Zealand and Chile. But will it continue, with fierce competition from other countries?
The transition between ECE and school
How well aligned are our ECE and school sectors? JUDE BARBACK looks closely at a child’s transition from early childhood education to school in New Zealand.
Taking on the Ministry. What happened at Phillipstown School
GRAY CLEVELAND and TONY SIMPSON give the full story behind their David and Goliath court battle with the Ministry of Education and how unwavering community support kept them going.
Venturing into un’charter’ed territory
The opposition to charter schools intensifies with the announcement of the first five partnership schools in New Zealand. JUDE BARBACK weighs up the arguments as the new schools prepare to open their doors.
Leading learning and change across the country
JUDE BARBACK takes a closer look at the Learning and Change Networks initiative that is empowering New Zealand schools to raise achievement – and gaining global recognition.
PPP: behind the scenes
Education Review asks Jason Wozniak of Aurecon about the decisions made and lessons learned from designing, building, and furnishing New Zealand’s first Public Private Partnership (PPP) schools at Hobsonville Point.
The Network is nigh
JUDE BARBACK looks at why schools are in a rush to register their interest for the Network 4 Learning and what’s happening behind the scenes.
Take a virtual adventure: the future of school excursions
From connecting students with subject-matter experts in Antarctica to meeting ‘face-to-face’ with other students in China, MARCI POWELL says video collaboration is breaking down the traditional boundaries of school excursions and transforming the way students learn and interact.
Callaghan Innovation in its infancy
JUDE BARBACK considers whether the broad support hailing from institutions and business leaders on the back of Callaghan Innovation’s Statement of Intent has allayed or deafened earlier concerns that the new agency would see an end to hands-on science and basic research.
Careers education at a crossroads
As schools eagerly await the outcome of last year’s CIAGE (Careers Information, Advice, Guidance and Education) review and what changes it might bring, Education Review takes a look at what tools and services are currently paving the way for students.
Town & Gown
COLIN BASS looks at the important relationship between industry and higher education and the example being set by AUT.
Global reach of tertiary schools of education
Education Review looks at the different ways schools of education at various tertiary institutions are utilising their links with educators and institutions from other countries.
Pathway of the poor
JUDE BARBACK talks to Australian expert, Dr John Polesel, about the need for quality, structured, and well-resourced vocational education and training programmes at secondary schools.
The Otorohanga model
Through a number of initiatives Otorohanga district has successfully reduced youth unemployment. Believe the hype, says JUDE BARBACK.
Are tertiary learning advisors an endangered species?
EMMANUEL MANALO, JENNY MARSHALL and CATH FRASER discuss the benefits of investing in the provision of student learning development programmes.
University network is of star quality
The Matariki Network of Universities held its second meeting earlier this year to collaborate on a variety of important issues.
Students link long distance
An international teaching and learning conference provided the opportunity for a Wairarapa and a Singapore school to collaborate using multimedia technology
Pilot project measures student engagement
Ako Aotearoa’s PETER COOLBEAR, and HAMISH COATES of the Australian Council for Educational Research are adapting a student engagement survey tool for the tertiary sector
State of the relationship
Relations between the Minister of Education and teachers do not appear to be good. JOHN GERRITSEN assesses the implications
On a collision course?
JOHN GERRITSEN previews this year’s teacher pay talks
The year ahead
Education Review asks education leaders to share their thoughts on the big issues looming for the school sector this year
Pay packet parley
DAVID CRAIG uses a question and answer format to review secondary school teachers’ industrial action.
Associations, unions and more – here’s a brief guide to the education sector.
Seeking the bigger debate
PETER SIMPSON is the new president of the New Zealand Principals Federation.