Education

Congratulations to Labour for Scrapping National Standards

Despite only 14% of a poll of 52,000 respondents taken on website Stuff agreeing with the move, it is a breath of enlightenment long wanted by teachers. It signals that moves are underway to halt the slide in educational achievement that has long been underway thanks to governments requiring schools to do far too much testing, wasting time that could be much better spent actually teaching.  

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TOP dubs Labour’s tertiary policy as middle class welfare

Labour has committed to free tertiary education – including 3 years of free post-school education over a person’s lifetime. As an added sweetener they have boosted student allowances and loans by $50 per week in a package that will cost $2b over 4 years. The first year of this package will be available to new students as early as 2018.

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The Problem With Tertiary Finding In NZ - TOP

Labour has re-committed to free tertiary education – including 3 years of free post-school education over a person’s lifetime. As an added sweetener they have boosted student allowances and loans by $50 per week in a package that will cost $2b over 4 years. Their initial announcement last year sparked a bidding war over tertiary education; United Future has matched Labour’s initial policy, the Greens are promising to “move towards” zero fees and universal allowances and New Zealand First top the lot with a $4.6b offer to provide universal allowances and to write off all loans.

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The Decile system should be scrapped in NZ - TOP

The new Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced a tweak to how schools are funded. It has rightly been welcomed as an improvement over the current decile system by school principals, but it doesn’t go to the heart of the problem afflicting our poorer schools. That problem is the crazy neoliberal idea that getting schools to compete will somehow improve education. There is no evidence this works. In fact, there are signs that it makes things worse. 

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NCEA and Our Education System - TOP

Today the Government announced a target for 80% of Year 8 students to achieve national standards in writing and maths. This is on the back of the target to ensure 80% of students leave with NCEA Level 2. 

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Five Reasons Why Performance Pay for Teachers is Dangerous Territory

The New Zealand Initiative’s new report calls for performance pay for teachers. It is an alluring concept, and one that intuitively appeals, after all we can all agree that good performers should be rewarded for their effort. However, when it comes to teaching that idea falls down on a detailed examination. Here’s 5 reasons why.

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My Story: Gareth Morgan - Putaruru High School

When I attended it had 700 pupils – only 10 in Year 13. Nowadays it includes the town’s intermediate school years so goes from Year 7 (was 9) to 13 - & has 350 pupils. The roll is 35% Maori students which is well up as a percentage from my days (1966-1970).

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Education Backgrounder

Data shows that education, cognitive skills, and social and emotional skills all play a role in increasing health outcomes, income, and life satisfaction (OECD).  As New Zealanders we have a lot to be proud of when it comes to our education system and the way it contributes to our society. The Ministry of Education overview and OECD tell us that:

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