Priority Learners


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    The Herald's report: the trouble with NZ's primary schools

    Thousands of children begin secondary school each year without the reading, writing or maths skills needed to make it through. The Herald's 'The Primary Issue' is the first of a series that looks at what more can be done to raise achievement for all Kiwi kids.

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    More funding needed for all schools to become fully inclusive

    An Education Review Office report released yesterday revealed that New Zealand schools are becoming more inclusive. The findings have been welcomed by the sector however some groups say more funding is needed to support students with special needs, so that all schools can become fully inclusive.

April 2017

October 2016

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    Inclusion in our secondary schools: is policy at odds with practice?

    With the Government poised to make dramatic changes to special education policy, Education Review looks at Dr Judith Selvaraj’s  recent research, which investigates the mismatch between policy and practice when it comes to implementing inclusion in New Zealand’s secondary schools.

June 2016

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    Express to Success

    In an effort to raise Māori achievement rates for NCEA Level 2, the Ministry has partnered with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa to provide five learning support hubs.

February 2016

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    Are we failing our students with learning differences?

    GUY POPE-MAYELL says the recent Select Committee Inquiry [into the identification and support for students with the significant challenges of dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools] provided a chilling insight into the problems that students with learning differences can face. He outlines some of the issues and potential solutions.

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    Acceleration groups – finding the formula for success in maths

    SUE TAYLOR discusses how priority learners can achieve better outcomes through focused, high-impact mathematics instruction from their own classroom teacher than from intervention programmes.   

June 2014

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    Teach First NZ – one teacher’s reflection

    The Teach First NZ programme aims to tackle educational inequality by developing top graduates into educators who go on to teach in low decile schools. Teach First NZ teacher YOLANDE THOM reflects on her first year at a low decile Auckland secondary school.

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.

January 2013

December 2012

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    Must try harder: ERO’s report card

    Education Review Office’s evaluation report on New Zealand schools was a dose of reality to the sector. With an education system suggested to now be less-than-world-class, what is it going to take to raise student achievement to the levels required? JUD

October 2012

  • The write path to remedial spelling

    The campaigner, the Ministry, and the schools. JUDE BARBACK considers the different stances when it comes to addressing remedial spelling in schools.

September 2012

  • From Dannevirke to dangerous minds

    Education Review talks to Kiwi teacher CAMERON ANDREW about combining teaching with travel and his eye-opening experiences teaching difficult kids in London.

February 2012

  • Difference in opinion:charter schools

    The New Zealand Government’s recent announcement of the new charter schools policy has met with mixed reactions. Here, two experts voice their opinions.

  • When “the stare” isn’t enough

    VALERIE MARGRAIN discusses the complexities of engaging with challenging behaviour in her new book, Responsive Pedagogy: Engaging Restoratively with Challenging Behaviour.

  • The Otorohanga model

    Through a number of initiatives Otorohanga district has successfully reduced youth unemployment. Believe the hype, says JUDE BARBACK.

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

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    The seeds of success

    Education Review looks at a new study that focuses on the characteristics of successful Māori secondary school students

  • Outside the mainstream

    *KEREN BROOKING draws lessons from two research projects with two very different groups of difficult-to-teach students*

  • 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

March 2011

  • Looking for leaders

    UNASA ENOSA AUVA’A says our diverse student population needs to be reflected at leadership level.