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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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    Decile system review on the cards

    Following the release of the latest decile ratings, Minister of Education Hekia Parata has confirmed her intentions to review the 25-year old decile system.

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    N4L connects 1000th school to Managed Network

    Over 1000 schools have now been connected to Network4Learning’s Managed Network, which means more than 40 per cent of New Zealand schools are now using N4L’s services, which include fast and reliable internet connectivity, uncapped data, web filtering and network security.

September 2017

August 2017

June 2017

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    Ed's letter

    Any initiative or policy that leverages the status of New Zealand’s teaching profession is a good thing, says ER editor Jude Barback. 

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    Experts and naturals: should we make the move to universal postgraduate ITE?

    As the Education Council prepares to take their pitch for a move to postgraduate ITE on the road, it seems inevitable that the proposal will get over the line.

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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.

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    The "Kardashian effect": in defence of single-gender education

    In New Zealand, single-gender education is a choice parents can make – not a common scenario in comparable state education systems. As the debate continues to burn in the US, JAYLAN BOYLE talks to two principals of single-gender schools about why they believe their school environment is a force for good – both cite reasons that might not be immediately obvious. 

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    Play misunderstood: the divide between primary classroom teachers and senior managers

    SARAH AIONO of Longworth Education suggests that a successful play-based learning environment requires a level of skill by teachers not easily understood by school management.

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    Breaking the cycle: first in family to higher education

    JUDE BARBACK looks at initiatives focused on getting students who are the first in their families to pursue higher education to complete a degree. breaking the cycle *Recipients of the 2017 Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship – (L-R) Callum Fiu, Felila Havea, Thu Nguyen, Makelila Fetu’u, Helen Wilson, Emmette Gray, Ana Siafolau, Faava Tuigamala, Michelle Ellis, Salome Paea, Laryia Lomitusi, Ofaloto Talakai.*

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    The wobbly line to success

    Woolf Fisher First-in-Family AUT Scholarship recipient LARYIA LOMITUSI shares a moving account of her journey from her childhood in Samoa to a university education in New Zealand.

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    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

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    Tackling literacy in the workplace

    By helping workplaces address their literacy and numeracy issues, the Skills Highway initiative is improving the working and personal lives of many employees, as well as boosting productivity and performance for their employers.

February 2017

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    Election year special: What do we want New Zealand education to look like?

    With a General Election looming, Education Review asked political and sector leaders for their respective thoughts on the direction that New Zealand education should be taking.

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    Opening the door on seclusion rooms

    The controversies surrounding seclusion rooms and the increasingly widespread practice of illegal ‘Kiwi suspensions’ reveal some cracks in our education system when it comes to managing challenging behaviour. JUDE BARBACK asks whether our schools and teachers are adequately prepared for the realities of teaching a diverse range of students.

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    The Maker Movement: a portal of possibility

    KIMBERLY BAARS discusses the benefits of bringing a maker-centred approach into the classroom.

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    US expert warns against online charter schools

    Education Review talks to Professor Gary Miron about the effect online charter schools are having on education in the United States.

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    9 (other) things that would make ECE better

    As more children are enrolling in early childhood education than ever before, the sector is concerned about keeping up with demand and offering a quality service. Education Review highlights nine areas in which improvements could be made.

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    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.

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    Are league tables a fair way to compare school effectiveness?

    DR JOHN BOEREBOOM suggests that a school’s effectiveness should be judged on the basis of how much the students learned from the time they entered the school to the time they left rather than simply relying on a traditional ‘snapshot’ measure in the NCEA exams.

August 2016

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    Bring your own approach

    As it becomes increasingly necessary for students to have access to a digital device, each school must find a way to provide access that best suits its learners and its community. As JUDE BARBACK discovers, there is no single best approach, but many factors to consider, not least cost and digital equality.

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    How to get the most out of BYOD? get infrastructure sorted

    New Zealand’s largest school, Rangitoto College demonstrates the importance of having a robust Wi-Fi infrastructure in place before rolling out a BYOD programme so that students can use their devices to maximise learning opportunities in and outside the classroom.

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    Building the digital universities of tomorrow

    MATT ARNOTT says tertiary institutions need to think carefully about the future needs of their students when considering their technology requirements.

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    Joining the dots between education and the workplace

    At this year’s Higher Education Summit there was a call for better linkages between education and industry to address the skills gap threatening many sectors.

June 2016

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    Workplaces: the education of the future

    JOSH WILLIAMS, chief executive of the Industry Training Federation, suggests that one way to fix the education system is for workplaces to become the education system. 

April 2016

February 2016

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    Building bridges between home and school: empowering parents and improving reading

    Fulbright Scholar and Northcote College teacher DAVID TAYLOR’s research in New Zealand and the United States found that initiatives to encourage better parental involvement in students’ reading not only resulted in improved reading habits, but also had significant additional benefits.

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    First-hand from a first-year

    Provisionally registered teacher Carolyn Richardson shares lessons learned from her first year teaching at Tauranga Intermediate.

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    Starting out as a new teacher

    Associate professor SALLY HANSEN and Dr ALISON SEWELL give some advice to teachers embarking on their teaching journey.

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    What makes a good teacher?

    Education Review asked some younger kids for their thoughts on what makes a good teacher.

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    VET: no longer the poor relation

    JUDE BARBACK talks to global Vocational Education and Training (VET) experts about why VET is starting to take centre stage.

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    Rock ’n’ role model

    Villainy drummer DAVE JOHNSTON also works as an industry liaison and marketing coordinator at SAE in Auckland, connecting students with companies in the creative industry through internships and work placements.

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    The Great Outdoors

    The physical environment plays an important role in children’s education and in shaping their development. Here, US teacher and Fulbright scholar LAUREN ZAPPONE MAPLES congratulates New Zealand for providing students with well-supported outdoor education opportunities.

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    Upskilling and opportunity: The Mind Lab

    FEE HOLDSWORTH shares her journey of professional development in the area of digital and collaborative learning.

October 2015

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    ED's Letter - PhD realities

    I’ve often toyed with the idea of doing a PhD. But the reality of juggling it around work, family and exercise places the prospect firmly in the ‘too hard’ basket. Not to mention the expense. And the time: part-time PhD students typically take around six years to complete their degree.

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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.

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    3MT the rise of the three-minute thesis

    Education Review looks at the background of the flourishing academic competition that challenges postgraduates to present their research in just three minutes.

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    Research funding – spoilt for choice?

    Tertiary sector research manager STEPHEN COX understands the difficulties that universities and institutes of technology face in finding appropriate external research funding opportunities. 

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    In search of (more) excellent tertiary teachers

    Ako Aotearoa’s JILL TANNER-LLOYD looks at what attributes are shared by the recipients of this year’s top national Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards (TTEAs) in an effort to define what makes an excellent tertiary teacher.

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    Make way for the new ICT Graduate Schools

    As the Government’s three new Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Graduate Schools start to take shape, Education Review finds out more about the role they will play in helping to boost New Zealand’s technology industry.

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    New Zealand’s best interests at the CoRE

    Education Review discovers a new Centre of Research Excellence tackling some big research issues for the benefit of New Zealand.

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    #phdlife Social media’s role in surviving a PhD

    JUDE BARBACK talks to Dr Inger Mewburn about how social media has widened support networks for PhD students.

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    Striving to make a difference

    Education Review discovers some inspirational Māori and Pasifika education students and graduates from around the country.

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    Meet the Metros

    Education Review looks at how collaboration between six of New Zealand’s largest institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) is strengthening tertiary education links with industry and government at the same time as helping growing businesses tap into the group’s collective expertise.

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    Research with wings

    Education Review looks at two environmentally responsible New Zealand research projects with an international focus. 

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    Emerging from The Mind Lab

    Kristin School teacher, NATHAN CALVERT was among the first 130 teachers to undertake The Mind Lab by Unitec’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning). He was named as the winner of the NEXT Foundation Expert Teacher Award. Here, Education Review asks him about the award, the course and the future.

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    The ICT edge how MBAs can add value

    MBA graduates are becoming increasingly proficient in understanding how to leverage technology for the benefit of New Zealand business

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    A quiet but noisy revolution in the language classroom

    DR ROSEMARY ERLAM discusses the shift in teaching languages to the internationally recognised, task-based language teaching approach and how New Zealand language teachers can use this approach effectively.

  • Aotearoa: how does it rate for international students?

    Two surveys of international students in New Zealand give an insight into what influences their decision-making – information that can be helpful to tertiary education organisations.

October 2014

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    Getting to the CoRE of Māori research

    The Tertiary Education Commission’s decision to cease Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga’s funding prompted an outcry. JUDE BARBACK investigates allegations that the funding process was flawed and explores what the future holds for Māori-led research.

May 2014

March 2014

November 2013

July 2013

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    ED's Letter

    ‘Kids are kids the world over’

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    Politics, the world and teacher education

    Are the international and political contexts of education being adequately addressed in New Zealand teacher education programmes? JUDE BARBACK looks at what measures several schools of education are taking to ensure an outward-facing approach.

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    The dollar sign above every international student

    International student numbers may be down, but educational diplomacy, along with other initiatives to provide a more transparent system for overseas students are in full swing as the Government strives to double New Zealand’s export education industry by 2025.

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    EdTech sector Lights the way forward

    The inaugural EdTech conference this year highlighted opportunities for New Zealand to lead the way with learning technology. Education New Zealand’sMIKE BOOKER reports.

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    Agency Answers

    Education Review asks two global teacher recruitment agencies the big questions.

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    Leaping the red tape to London

    Passports held hostage, visa hold-ups, trouble with teacher registration and police checks ... forget the horror stories of gaining entry and employment into the UK – recent law changes, helpful agencies and a good attitude will see you in a London classroom before too long. JUDE BARBACK reports.

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    Home, Tweet Home

    JUDE BARBACK looks at the different ways New Zealand teachers abroad are staying in touch with other Kiwi teachers and what’s happening with education back home.

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    What Tanzania taught the Kiwi teacher

    HOLLY PAYNE reflects on her time teaching in Tanzania and questions whether her Kiwi teaching methods were appropriate in a vastly different culture.

January 2013

December 2012

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    Education in Review: reflections on 2012

    Education Review asks the sector to reflect on the twists and turns education has taken this year and their hopes and expectations for 2013.

  • The silver lining of cloud-based learning

    Cloud-based learning is transforming teaching and learning in New Zealand schools, with increasing support for BYOD initiatives and educational apps.

  • Bulk buying: the pros and cons of Government procurement reforms

    The introduction of all-of-Government contracts have been a significant part of the Government Procurement Reform Programme, aimed at improving procurement and achieving greater cost efficiencies. Yet, despite the savings, most schools opt out. Why?

  • Paving the way for future growth

    The New Zealand International Education Conference 2012 provided the perfect opportunity to take stock of what has been accomplished and what lies ahead for New Zealand’s $2.7 billion dollar international education industry.

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    Education in Review

September 2012

  • Volunteer teachers: qualified vs unqualified

    Qualified volunteer teachers are certainly preferred but many developing countries do not appear to have a choice.

  • Real victims of education politics

    Teaching can be a stressful occupation, made more stressful by intense political scrutiny and change. JUDE BARBACK looks at the causes, consequences, and coping strategies of teacher stress.

  • Margaret and Margaret: Two teachers from different worlds

    Kiwi teacher Maggie Twaddle’s chance meeting with an aspiring young teacher in Tanzania reveals a world of difference in our education systems and opportunities. Twaddle’s husband, RICK McKINLEY, shares their story.

  • ENZ’s bold new plans

    Education Review asks Education New Zealand CEO GRANT McPHERSON how the new government agency plans to achieve its international education targets.

  • Making a difference in the Solomons

    The welcoming Solomon Islands lifestyle and the enthusiasm of the local teachers keeps school leadership adviser LAURIE WILLIAMS motivated.

February 2012

  • Hekia’s hopes for New Zealand education

    New Zealand’s new Minister of Education, Hon HEKIA PARATA gives Education Review an insight into her background and shares her aspirations for New Zealand’s education system.

  • A city turning the tables?

    ROBIN DUFF reflects on how Christchurch schools are coping one year on since Canterbury’s devastating earthquake.

  • Purple Cake Day

    It will all be about purple on 1 March. Around the country, schools will hold purple mufti days, purple cupcake stalls, purple cake raffles, purple sports days. Whats the inspired this purple frenzy? JUDE BARBACK finds out.

  • The many faces of teaching

    Education Review peeks through the doors of New Zealand classrooms to discover the many different pathways to becoming a teacher.

  • Teachers of Promise

    MARIE CAMERON and SUSAN LOVETT discuss the early findings of their research, the Teachers of Promise study: Teachers in their ninth year of teaching.

  • Mentoring new teachers: putting the new guidelines into action

    The Teachers Council reports good feedback from the newly implemented Guidelines for Induction and Mentoring and Mentor Teachers and looks to the next steps.

June 2010

March 2010

  • Outside the mainstream

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

  • State of the relationship

    Relations between the Minister of Education and teachers do not appear to be good. JOHN GERRITSEN assesses the implications

  • Managing the excitement

    The thrill of starting a teaching career is a real asset for new teachers, but one that needs to be managed carefully, suggest school support advisers

  • The overseas-trained teacher

    We talk to an overseas-trained teacher about the adjustment to life in a New Zealand classroom

  • A better start

    Moves are afoot to ensure new teachers are well supported in their first two years in the profession

  • Helping new teachers through the labyrinth

    Good mentoring and induction are a whole-school responsibility

  • Finding your place

    Fitting in is an important part of teaching, suggests JOHN TAYLOR

  • A timely challenge

    MARY JAMIESON talks to NZ Teacher about the issues facing new teachers

  • 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

  • What will they do for fun?

    EVA MARIA SALIKHOVA takes a look at the longitudinal study, ***Growing Up in New Zealand.***

  • Museums enjoy digital remix

    PAUL SWIFT says students are helping to blow the cobwebs off collections and letting museums loose through online technology.

  • Finding the right stuff

    Stuart Middleton looks at new ways to attract a variety of people to the profession.

  • What pushes your button?

    Workplace stress can hit teachers hard. WAYNE ERB finds out the first thing to do is identify the cause.

  • How we do things around here

    Workplace culture is a common concept in other sectors, so what about in schools? WAYNE ERB takes a look at two examples at either end of the spectrum.

  • Invest when it matters most

    We spend 10 times as much putting a young person through ‘crime school’ than high school. Dr JOHN LANGLEY asks why.