Education Models


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    UE and interest-free loans stay - Govt's response to tertiary education report

    *In its response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into New Zealand’s tertiary education system, the Government says it will not be accepting the Commission’s recommendations to abolish University Entrance or reinstate interest on student loans.*

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    Unions disappointed at new charter schools

    Two new charter schools have been approved for Maori students in Rotorua and Taupo to the dismay of teacher unions.

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    Tertiary education Bill passes first reading

    The Education (Tertiary Education and Other Matters) Amendment Bill has passed its first reading in Parliament, amid some concerns from the sector.

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    "Biggest reform to education in 30 years" - Education Amendment Bill passes final reading

    The Education (Update) Amendment passed its third and final reading yesterday heralding the “biggest reform to education in nearly thirty years”.

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    What is the best age for starting school?

    With the Education (Update) Amendment Bill facing its final reading this week, the public is focused intently on the proposed cohort entry policy which would allow children to start school prior to their fifth birthday. Here, Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM evaluates the international research and experience and considers what this means for New Zealand’s youngest learners.

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    Charter schools report reveals "mixed results"

    A recent evaluation report of New Zealand’s eight charter schools showed “mixed results” for student achievement and engagement, with some schools failing to reach their contracted targets in these areas.

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    Education Act Update passes second reading

    Despite frustration from some corners of the education sector that their submissions did not appear to be taken into account in the latest version of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill, the proposed legislation passed its second reading yesterday in Parliament.

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    Concerns that revised education bill has ignored submissions

    'Utterly shambolic' and 'disappointed' were among the Facebook reactions to yesterday's release of the revised Education (Update) Amendment Bill. The comments are indicative of concerns that submissions were not taken into account in updating the bill and that the legislation, as it currently stands, is a missed opportunity to improve New Zealand's education system.

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    Abolish UE, add interest on student loans - the Commission's tertiary education report

    Calls to abolish University Entrance, introduce interest on student loans, and develop better careers education were among the recommendations found in the Productivity Commission’s final report on New Zealand’s tertiary education system, released today.

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    Sector Voices: the biggest challenge facing education

    We asked prominent people from within the sector what they perceived to be the biggest challenge currently facing New Zealand education. Here is what they had to say.

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    Addressing equity gap emerging as biggest challenge for NZ education

    A New Zealand Education Review supplement that discusses the biggest challenges currently facing New Zealand education shows that many sector leaders are most concerned about the widening equity gap and the effect it is having on student achievement.

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    Class size debate continues

    STEVE THOMAS continues the debate about Labour’s class size policy, clarifies some of the issues around education funding and class sizes, and raises new questions.

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    Primary principals shun IES while secondary principals reach agreement

    Breaking newspaper While secondary school principals are working alongside the Ministry of Education to move forward on the Government’s $359m Investing in Educational Success (IES) initiative, primary school principals have voted against the scheme.

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    Opinion: Fully fund state schools – abolish school donations

    Associate Professor JOHN CLARK from Massey University’s Institute of Education suggests the Government has lost sight of free education and that there are more appropriate methods than parent donations to fund schools.

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    Opinion: Realising the future of education

    Deputy Principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School, CLAIRE AMOS looks at why change is needed in New Zealand’s education system, what needs to change, and how to manage this change.

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    Opinion: Excellence shared or spread too thin?

    Yesterday's announcement was a masterstroke by Prime Minister John Key's National Government. It refocussed the education debate on positive action, raising student achievement, giving teachers and principals something more to which to aspire, and most importantly, addressing the need to spread quality teaching more evenly across deciles and regions. But will the initiative work?

September 2017

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    ED's Letter

    I write these words tentatively, ignorant of the outcome of the upcoming election as we go to print. By the time you’re reading this, the 2017 General Election will be over – the votes counted, the composition of our government confirmed.

August 2017

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    In defence of coeducation

    In this second instalment of a two-part series looking at single- and mixed-gender secondary schooling, JAYLAN BOYLE speaks with principals of two South Island coeducational schools. While both believe wholeheartedly in the model, they are also conscious of the bigger picture – good schooling. 

June 2017

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    Haere rā, Hekia

    JUDE BARBACK chats to former Education Minister Hekia Parata about her time heading up the education portfolio, the next big challenge for Kiwi schools, and what’s next for her. hekia *Former Minister of Education, Hekia Parata.*

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    Tertiary education: what needs to change?

    Education Review asked a handful of leaders from different corners of New Zealand’s tertiary education sector which aspects of post-school education policy they think are most important for any future government to address and why.

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    What is the best age for starting school?

    The Government’s proposal to allow schools to adopt a cohort entry policy for new entrants opens the door to children starting school before they turn five. Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM evaluates the international research and experience and considers what this means for New Zealand’s youngest learners.

April 2017

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    What will National Standards look like post-election?

    This year’s election is about to hove into view and it’s time once more to consider everybody’s pitch. National Standards is a flagship government policy that’s very much on the line, with the controversy and opposition to its introduction nearly a decade ago refusing to go away. JAYLAN BOYLE considers again some of the main objections and invites Labour’s Chris Hipkins to discuss his version of a post-National Standards world.

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    Education Ministers in waiting

    Education Review editor JUDE BARBACK catches up with Nikki Kaye, who is tipped to become Education Minister in May, and Labour’s education spokesperson Chris Hipkins about what the future holds for New Zealand education.

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    The big debate: should te reo be compulsory in our schools?

    JUDE BARBACK looks at the arguments for and against making te reo Māori compulsory in New Zealand schools.

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    Will CoOLs give the Virtual Learning Network a permanent home?

    Will communities of online learning (CoOLs) provide the Virtual Learning Network with the resourcing it needs to be sustainable and continue to develop? Or will they unleash an open educational marketplace that has the potential to undermine public schooling? JUDE BARBACK looks at the most polarising element of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill.

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    CoOLs: Why they're a good idea

    Their arrival in the proposed legislation has prompted some debate, however Associate Education Minister NIKKI KAYE is keen for schools to see, understand and embrace the opportunities that Communities of Online Learning (CoOLs) will bring.

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    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.

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    In pursuit of the elusive and ubiquitous standard

    Dr JOHN BOEREBOOM discusses why defining an educational standard is so problematic in both the primary and secondary schooling sectors.

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    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.

February 2017

October 2016

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    ED's Letter

    The Productivity Commission’s recently released draft report on its inquiry into new models of tertiary education tentatively raises the suggestion of Student Education Accounts, the idea being that the Government’s annual investment into tertiary tuition and training could instead be divvied up between every resident. The upshot would be every 16-year-old having access to $45,000 to spend on training of their choice, at a time that best suits them.

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    What the Commission found

    The education sector has had much to say about the Productivity Commission’s eagerly anticipated draft report on its inquiry into new models of tertiary education.

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    University Entrance: always a bridesmaid?

    DR JOHN BOEREBOOM says University Entrance (UE) has always been the bridesmaid of the New Zealand secondary school qualifications. In this article he questions whether the present requirements for entry into universities are fair and valid.

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    Offshore delivery of education boosts economic growth

    A new report shows the revenue from New Zealand’s education services delivered offshore rose to $171 million last year, an increase from an estimated $104 million in 2012.

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    What does the Tertiary Education Amendment Bill have in store?

    The proposed Education (Tertiary Education and other Matters) Amendment Bill is looking to make things fairer for private training establishments (PTEs). 

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    New tertiary education models around the globe: would they work in New Zealand?

    The New Zealand Productivity Commission’s 2016 tertiary education issues paper has highlighted several innovative new tertiary education models that are making an impact overseas.

August 2016

June 2016

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    Communities of Learning “game-changing”

    JUDE BARBACK looks at two established Communities of Learning and finds enthusiasm and optimism for the new initiative is overriding some of the earlier negativity surrounding the controversial IES policy.

April 2016

October 2015

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    Research and the real world

    Internship programmes for postgraduate students align with New Zealand’s tertiary education strategy as they help connect the dots between postgraduate education and the workplace. Yet where is the funding to support such initiatives? JUDE BARBACK investigates.

October 2014

June 2014

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    Open education: possible future or utopian idea?

    JUDE BARBACK considers the debates around open access and open educational resources.

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    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.

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    Crossing the threshold

    With one professor describing it as “the most important and innovative teaching development in the last 20 years” and an increasing number of faculty and students singing its praises, we find out what is the fuss over the ‘Threshold Concept Theory is all about.

May 2014

March 2014

December 2013

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    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.

September 2013

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    The Primary Years – NZC, Cambridge or IB?

    While the vast majority of New Zealand primary schools follow The New Zealand Curriculum, a small number favour the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme or the Cambridge International Primary Programme. Here, proponents of each system discuss the relative merits and weaknesses.

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    Education: Beeby’s, Tomorrow’s and Today’s

    RENEE GERLICH’s research into the history of New Zealand education reveals how various policy decisions over the years have done little to fulfil early education director Clarence Beeby’s vision of equality in education.

January 2013

December 2012

October 2012

September 2012

  • League Tables: Learning from experience

    If there was a league table for international education systems, New Zealand would likely rank near the top. Will the introduction of primary school league tables see our ranking plummet?

  • 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.

February 2012

  • A Kiwi education: what our students really think

    Education Review asks six new student leaders to reflect on their New Zealand education as they approach the end of their secondary schooling.

  • Getting the best from National Standards

    Jenny Poskitt advises teachers how to get to grips with Overall Teacher Judgments, to help them get the best out of National Standards for their students.

  • Finding middle ground

    Is our intermediate school system working? JUDE BARBACK asks why there is a growing band of support in New Zealand for middle schools, encompassing Years 7 to 10.

December 2011

  • Transportability of NCEA overseas

    How do NCEA qualifications stack up in other countries? ANGELA PEREZ of NZQA reports.

  • Common philosophy, shared goals

    New Zealand’s Open Polytechnic and India’s National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) are undertaking an exciting new collaboration.

  • Method behind the madness

    JUDE BARBACK considers whether some of the world’s more unorthodox education systems would work in New Zealand.

  • Thinking at the heart of the curriculum

    The New Zealand Curriculum requires the integration of multiple learning outcomes. CLINTON GOLDING looks to Australian curricula for answers.

  • Preparing global citizens

    New Zealand schools can learn from the success of Hutt International Boys’ School’s internationalisation programme. Education Review talks to DEAN RABBITT.

March 2010

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    ‘Step Change' treading on eggshells

    The recent inter-party report on school choice does not go far enough, argues GREG FLEMING

  • Primary Teachers have little to fear from National Standards

    The introduction of national standards in literacy and numeracy in primary schools is creating concern among primary teachers, principals and their union.

  • Apples and Pears

    League tables are a bogey for many in the school sector, but inter-school comparisons have their place, reports JOHN GERRITSEN

  • Blurring secondary-tertiary boundaries

    It’s the school that is not a school – the tertiary high school. JOHN GERRITSEN reports

  • Opportunity knocks

    The government’s Youth Opportunities suite of initiatives promises better things for young people. But could it also be the start of a sea change for secondary schooling in this country? JOHN GERRITSEN reports

  • The year ahead

    Education Review asks education leaders to share their thoughts on the big issues looming for the school sector this year

March 2011

  • NZ Teacher

    In-depth coverage of the big issues in the education sector for teachers, students in their final year of teacher education and education leaders. An invaluable source of information, especially for new teachers and those who mentor them!

  • Standards drama rolls out backstage

    A teacher’s guide to the Alignment of Standards project.

  • More than a jam sandwich

    Adult learners return to the classroom more than 30 years after their own indifferent high school years. Carol Walden asks can they cope?

  • In the eye of the beholder

    ROSEMARY CATHCART has been an exponent for Gifted and Talented children for 30 years. She wonders why Māori and Pasifika students are seldom seen on that school roll.

  • Seeking the bigger debate

    PETER SIMPSON is the new president of the New Zealand Principals Federation.