Winter 2018

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The Curricula Issue

Rediscovering our world class learning and teaching

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Winter 201811 Oct 2018

Our year of educational waiting

For those concerned about the future of education in New Zealand, this has often been a strange year of waiting for the outcomes of multiple reviews. There are around 15 major reviews of education underway at present. There are bound to be some good ideas when the groups start to report over the next few months. But there are also important reasons not to expect too much. The Labour-led Government does not have the power of a large majority. Even the great move of repositioning the small number of charter schools has been fraught. Bold educational developments are unlikely in this term. The managerial culture that lingers at the Ministry of Education is another constraint.  A few months ago I got asked onto one of the advisory groups but in typical rushed fashion, had to let the Ministry know within a few hours if I would participate. The terms of reference for the group – questionable! – were pre-determined and it was not clear who else would be on the group or why I was being invited. That experience told me that many of those involved in the reviews will have been flying blind. Once involved they get caught within

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Winter 201830 Jul 2018

Portraits of Tupuna

Schools are finding new ways to integrate arts and science into the curricula, like this Kawerau school and its student-led photography project.

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Winter 201827 Jul 2018

Understanding, recognising and knowing

Across the country, teachers report that there are more children with high learning needs and the resources and funding to help these children are over-stretched. Education professionals talk here about how they deliver the curriculum to children with learning needs.

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Winter 201827 Jul 2018

We are all in this waka together

Janice Jones, deputy principal at Karori West Normal School, says the most important thing about being a truly inclusive school, in which every child thrives, is that the whole school is in the waka together.

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Winter 201816 Jul 2018

Resetting the clock

Before the changeover to Tomorrow’s Schools, the Department of Education had a curriculum development unit (CDU) that represented all areas of the curriculum.  

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