Budget 2018 – Vote Education and the fate of Innovative Learning Environments and Flexible Learning Spaces

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The New Zealand Labour-led government that came to power in November/December 2017 signalled several areas of change, and education is one of its key priorities. One area within education that did not seem likely to change, however, was the policy of pushing ahead with the construction of purpose-built, flexible learning spaces, and the construction of … Continue reading Budget 2018 – Vote Education and the fate of Innovative Learning Environments and Flexible Learning Spaces

Summing up nine years of education property policy

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Property can sound like a dull topic, but New Zealand’s Fifth National Government (which has been in power with the support of coalition partners for nine years) has brought property to the fore. Around the country is growing evidence of its policy commitment to ensuring all New Zealand schools conform to a ‘modern learning environment’ … Continue reading Summing up nine years of education property policy

Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: Readers are casualties of her flawed op-ed

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A couple weeks back I happened to hear an op-ed about flexible learning environments delivered on the early show on Newstalk ZB by the stand-in host for the day, Bernadine Oliver-Kirby. I was immediately struck by her ignorance and lack of knowledge. Ignorance of the work of teachers; and lack of knowledge of a subject on … Continue reading Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: Readers are casualties of her flawed op-ed

School funding – An issue of social justice

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Last week, a somewhat surprising announcement suggested the current method whereby New Zealand state schools are funded is in for a major overhaul. This system has revolved around the concept of ‘decile funding’. Effectively, based on certain socio-economic measures (such as employment status of parents, number of people living in a household, and real estate […]