Blog posts in School Support

Celebrate the World's Fastest Growing Minority

 The New Zealand Disability Survey 2013, released this year, identified 24% of people living in NZ as having a disability. Because of our aging population the proportion is set to increase. Wow!...

You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone...

 In the last few months we have been working in the Pacific and I have been struck by how much we take for granted living in a country that is ‘developed’ rather than ‘developing’.  We...

Have you Painted a Picture Lately?

As the National Party settles in for its third term I can’t help but wonder what lies ahead. More charter schools? More testing? More focus on literacy and mathematics? And what of professional...

Wisdom Needed to Pull Purse Strings

Over the last week or so there has been a lot of media ‘noise’ and pre-election chatter about the progress and achievement of partnership/charter schools.After the 2011 election, charter schools...

Don't Believe Everything You Read

Gustave Flaubert, author of Madame Bovary, and one of the great writers of the 19th century witnessed the rise of mass-circulation newspapers during his life time.For the first time in his native...

We're Feeling At Odds

Dissonance is healthy and often we seek it, but at some stage a common way forward is good for feelings of security and clarity of direction. So, is it politics and election debate that makes this...

Where have all the Explosions Gone?

How effective, and exciting, is Science teaching in NZ primary schools?

Promises! Promises!

Education is an area where National is vulnerable. They steadfastly stick with Hekia Parata to deliver the policies of John Key, Steven Joyce and Bill English despite her many bungles and lack of...

Size Matters!

I’ve often wondered about class size and how much it really matters. The recent Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) gave me pause for thought. What is TALIS? It is a 5-yearly survey of...