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Simple requirements like a power source could put a strain on space when it comes to online NCEA exams. The digital age of student exams is dawning, but New Zealand schools don’t yet have the space to cope with all tests going online by 2020.
A review of the school system has recommended sweeping changes, most controversially the implementation of a new organisation structure based around centralised Education Hubs. Auckland Grammar principal Tim O’Connor thinks that’s a terrible idea.
NZGovt: Sport New Zealand is investing $1 million across the Young Women’s Activation Fund and the Innovations for Young Women Fund. Initiatives that specifically target young women aged 12 to 18 will be eligible. The funds are a direct result of the Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation Strategy launched by the Government in October last year.
Students are increasingly asking for trigger warnings on university course content. However, research from the University of Waikato found those words did little to insulate students from a video of a car crash.
A parents’ group is calling for official guidelines on the amount of time children spend on screens in New Zealand schools. The group has set up a new website, sensiblescreenuse.org, which argues that “moderate” use of computers is good for children, but too much is bad for them.
Students at a private Manukau business school are still waiting for refunds after the school was closed by the NZ Qualifications Authority.
The authority deregistered the NZ Institute of Technical Training, known as NITT, on Friday after it failed to refund fees to 67 students in business courses whose accreditation was withdrawn on March 18 because of faulty marking.
Ronald Reagan once said the most terrifying words in the English language were “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”. I didn’t believe him until I read the 2019 Tomorrow’s Schools Review and Report (TSRR).
NZ On Air: News by kids, for kids to increase young New Zealanders’ understanding of the world around them. Primary aged tamariki will soon have their own news to help them understand the world around them and become informed young citizens.
Mike Dowd, chair of the New Plymouth Principals’ Association and principal of St Joseph’s Catholic School, said the region used Ministry of Education guidance, but did not advise schools to do any extra lockdown drills following the events of March 15.
Universities New Zealand – Te Pokai Tara: New Zealand’s universities are joining the Privacy Commissioner and major corporate advertisers in calling for more effective regulation of and responsiveness from social media platforms.
Calls to extend the feedback period over the Tomorrow’s Schools Review have been made in the wake of the Christchurch shootings. ACT leader David Seymour is the latest to ask Education Minister Chris Hipkins to push the April 7 date back by a fortnight.
NZEI Te Riu Roa President Lynda Stuart says the Government needs to urgently contribute new funding to resource schools and ECE services to pay the new rates, as Budget 2018 only increased their operational funding by 1.6 per cent.
Taking high school students to the sea, caves, mountains and rivers will make up part of a new course in environmental science for teenagers in the top of the South Island, run by charitable trust, Whenua Iti Outdoors.
Exclusive property for sale! Exclusive offer! Exclusive Brethren! Exclusive school! Wherever we look, the politics of exclusion dominates the physical and political landscape. And while it may be argued by some that ‘exclusive’ does not really mean ‘exclusion’, a quick look shows that it really, really does. It defines social hierarchies, enables bullying and corruption and strongly demarcates social class, gender and ethnic boundaries.
As a parent concerned about the radical changes to school governance proposed by the Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce, I attended a public consultation meeting at Rangitoto College one evening. This meeting revealed the lack of evidence to support the taskforce recommendations to remove all genuine powers from parent-elected school boards and transfer these powers to bureaucratic Education Hubs.
NZEI: In a white paper, NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary Paul Goulter says educators strongly agree with the Tomorrow’s Schools taskforce’s conclusion that the overall amount of resourcing for schools is not sufficient.
The “Community Schools Alliance”, backed by 43 of the country’s 2431 state and integrated schools, opposes a scheme by a task force led by former principal Bali Haque for about 20 regional “hubs” to take over most powers from elected school boards.
They might be small but their message is loud: The environment needs our help, stat.
For the first time in New Zealand, children have been invited to compete in a speech and art competition and have their say on initiatives to try tackle climate change, a hot button issue for young people.
Burn out and stress has caused a Manawatū principal to give up her job. Experienced principal Margie Sutherland has worked in education for 38 years, including three years as principal of Bunnythorpe School.
Victoria University of Wellington has called in the lawyers but is staying quiet, for now, over whether it will take the Education Minister to court over the decision to reject its name change proposal.
As a chief executive of an industry training organisation I had welcomed the review into vocational education in this country. Industry training is a high-performing sector but there’s room to improve and we’re looking to do that. I looked forward to honest and innovative conversations that identified problems, co-created possible solutions, looked at international best practice and evaluated the best options.
The report is as courageous as it is polarizing and whilst the report and recommendations are detailed, they can, in their relative brevity, leave enough space to enable some to presume the worst. The recent months have seen many responses which represent a diverse range of voices and views – the loudest of which seem to be those driven by ideological positions and a desire to continue to reap the benefits of one’s “luck” and protecting the advantages that come with a well-resourced school and a well-heeled community.
Tomorrow’s Schools: “With consultation closing 7 April 2019, now is the time to put pen to paper and have your say on the reports’ recommendations,” says Bali Haque, Chair of the Independent Taskforce.
Smart Waikato: Latest surveys of students participating in Smart Waikato’s award-winning Secondary School Employer Partnerships (SSEP) in 2018 show 78 percent of 704 respondents from 18 schools said SSEP activities made them more interested in the school subject area.
A Kenyan teacher from a remote village who gave away most of his earnings to the poor won a US$1 million prize on Sunday for his work teaching in a government-run school that has just one computer and shoddy Internet access.
Do you remember what would happen to the “difficult” kids at school?
How, after a class interruption or one too many cheeky comments, they’d be sent out of the classroom to the principal’s office, where whatever knot of anger that was inside them would just grow and grow?
Well, there’s an alternative. What if, instead of being told off, the student was sent to a quiet, calm room where a staff member would discuss their feelings with them and lead them in some breathing exercises or meditation before sending them back to class?
Members of the primary teachers’ and principals’ union will vote on the Ministry of Education’s latest offers in an electronic ballot, New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) Te Riu Roa announced. NZEI’s national executive decided to move to an electronic ballot following a teleconference held on Wednesday night.
Skills Active, which runs training for recreation and performing arts, has told Education Minister Chris Hipkins it will seek a judicial review of his actions in the High Court unless he extends the consultation deadline for the shakeup until June 30.
A restructure of the wānanga was announced in October following a disappointing review by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and a forecasted deficit. Chief executive Te Ururoa Flavell said the restructure had been largely completed, with 133 roles disestablished and 98 new roles created.
The grip of terror on Muslim pupils in Dunedin is so strong that the majority did not turn up for school yesterday – and a girl who did turn up declined to wear her traditional headscarf for fear of being identified as Muslim.
There is still much we don’t know about the suspect and his background. But before anything at all was known about him, anyone who has studied or covered extremism and these kinds of attacks could have given you an educated guess about what kind of person he was: Male. Probably in his 20s. Decent chance of at least a minor criminal record. More than likely a history of hatred toward or violence against women. Oh, and one more thing — probably spent a fair amount of time on the internet.
Auckland school students are visiting their local mosques, and a Muslim school is opening its doors to the community, as schools across the country seek ways to heal the community after the mosque attacks in Christchurch.
Young people are angry. Faced with global inaction over increasingly dire climate change forecasts, frustrated and fearful youth worldwide have seized the activist mantle. Bruce Munro examines the insurgent youth-led climate action phenomenon.
The movement, inspired by the actions of 16-year-old Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg, spanned more than 100 countries and 1,500 cities, where students gathered in the streets and at their state capitols to call for action.
The YouTube video starts with a popular British children’s cartoon character, Peppa Pig, introducing herself and her family, but there are signs of trouble almost immediately. During the ninth second, Peppa’s mother opens her mouth and shouts, “Smoke weed!”
After years of vowing to police inappropriate content, YouTube continues to deliver violent imagery, drug references, sexually suggestive sequences and foul, racially charged language in clips that reach children at a troubling pace, say researchers, parents and consumer groups.
Around Monday lunchtime a “special newsletter” pinged in my personal inbox, telling me that my daughter’s Auckland primary school had held a special assembly to show respect for those killed or wounded in the Christchurch mosque terror attack.
However, as I later discovered, his talk had also included the fact that a large number of people had been killed or wounded in their church by someone who didn’t like their religion. Which is not how I would have chosen to explain it to her, when I’d decided to explain it to her. Which I hadn’t found a way to do – yet.
Te Rautaki Whakaroopu Maori: Representatives from 28 iwi gathered last Thursday and agreed the proposed Reform of Vocational Education was being rushed through, and called on the government to extend the consultation period and engage with Māori to involve them in the changes.
New Zealand Kindergartens: Early childhood education makes a difference for a lifetime and New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK) commends the Government for developing a 10-year strategic plan to ensure high quality early childhood education provision.
Ako Aotearoa: Ako Aotearoa believes that teaching and learning of the highest quality is evidenced daily in organisations right cross our tertiary sector. To reflect that, the 2019 round of the National Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards is going through its greatest change since 2002.
Schools will reopen in Christchurch on Monday, with the exception of Hagley College, which is acting as a welfare centre for the mosque shootings. See also: Dealing with children’s trauma RNZ Nine to noon audio: Christchurch GP and youth advocate Dr Sue Bagshaw discusses aftermath for children.
For the first time, Experiencing Marine Reserves brought their snorkel programme to South Taranaki with a pool snorkel trail held at the Hāwera Aquatic Centre where over 30 participants of all ages attended.