SecondaryEd news 16 August 2017
After a year of data-driven social reform, National heads to boot camp
Boot camps, parental fines… how on earth do these policies fit the social policy framework of the National government in 2017? Simon Wilson takes a look at what the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues have been saying this year.
$20,000 choices dilemma
Otago Daily Times
Ironically, now that it has happened, the Otago Girls' High School assistant principal is at a loss as to what she will spend it on.
Opinion: Whetu Cormick - focusing on Māori achievement
NZPF, in partnership with Te Akatea, the Māori Principals’ Association focussed their attention on school culture.
Father fears NCEA gender bias after girls take all the top scholar awards at Porirua school
A recent Education Review Office report on the school showed there had been an upward trajectory, particularly in NCEA level 2 results, since 2012.
Manurewa's James Cook High School placed in statutory management after shutting half its students out of NCEA
New Zealand Herald
A review by the NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA) last year found that the dramatic gains were achieved by more than half the school's students "no longer participating in assessment for qualifications for all three NCEA levels".
Weekly bullying reported by 42% of students at some schools
Radio New Zealand
The Education Ministry's Wellbeing at School survey found the incidence of weekly bullying at 100 large primary schools ranged from 2 to 42 percent, and from 2 to 26 percent at 82 large secondary schools.
NCEA exam model answers may be trimmed to stop cheating
New Zealand Herald
But a sociologist who has studied the history exemplars for the past seven years, Dr Robert Bartholomew, said the continued use of generic questions undermined the authenticity of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA).
Safety around concussion
Dargaville High School teacher and first fifteen manager Tui Raeli said "the mounting evidence relating head trauma to long-term health issues is staggering.
More action needed on balance between student well-being and learning: NZCER
Principals report the most useful support they received to assist with wellbeing or behaviour comes from RTLBs, school nurses and social workers, and the Ministry of Education’s Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) practitioners.
How many students are absent from class?
The latest Ministry of Education attendance survey found the percentage of students attending school regularly decreased in Term 2, 2016, compared with the same time the previous year.
Dannevirke High School has first female principal since its founding 114 years ago
Hawke's Bay Today
Dannevirke High School's new principal Di Carter doesn't feel the weight of being the school's first female principal in 114 years. "I'm looking forward to getting Dannevirke High School more involved in the community and although this school has had great academic results in NCEA, I want to make sure it continues and improves," she said.