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The way we teach the next generation will affect the future they create. Our work in education has covered many facets of New Zealand’s school experience, including school leadership, curriculum, access to schools, and partnership schools.

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Game Changers – why principals matter

Game Changers – why principals matter


Education is important. You may think of learning as a passport to opportunity. You may see it as a source…

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Game Changers – on leading and learning

By Maxim Institute


At Maxim Institute’s event “Game Changers | on leading and learning” at the University of Auckland Business School on May…

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Game Changers | On leading and learning


Perspectives from Iva Ropati, Viviane Robinson and Tim O’Connor on the non-negotiables of leading kids to success in school. As…

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Think again

Think again


I caught myself last week saying, “you learn something new every day.”  I try to avoid using clichés that can…

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Dear Steven Joyce, there’s more to life than productivity

Dear Steven Joyce, there’s more to life than productivity


Last week Steven Joyce released the Tertiary Education Strategy for the next five years. There are no great surprises. The Government’s focus…

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Inspired by the evidence

Inspired by the evidence


Sixteen years ago, I got a diligence award from school. I had no idea what diligence was, and when I…

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What difference do school leaders really make?

What difference do school leaders really make?


Think of a leader, any leader. I’d bet very few people would first think of a principal. It’s more likely…

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Play fair with partnership schools

Play fair with partnership schools

By Jeremy Vargo


There’s an education showdown brewing in Whangarei, with the PPTA looking to sink a proposal floated by a partnership school…

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National’s School Leadership proposal

National’s School Leadership proposal

By Jeremy Vargo


School leadership burst onto the election year programme during John Key’s State of the Nation speech, when he announced $359…

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Reviving the humanities: Part II

Reviving the humanities: Part II


Pessimists have been hailing the coming death of the humanities for some time. This is as true overseas as in…

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Reviving the humanities: Part I

Reviving the humanities: Part I


We’ve heard all sorts of lament about the state of New Zealand education recently. At tertiary level, specifically, the Government’s…

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NZ’s education report card disappoints

NZ’s education report card disappoints


“Something’s seriously wrong with our education system.” “Education is in crisis.” These are the sort of comments that have followed…

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German inefficiency

German inefficiency


Können Sie diesen Satz verstehen? Most New Zealanders wouldn’t be able to answer that question. The question is in German,…

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iDream of role models

iDream of role models


Lives can change lives. Some have more impact than others. Some change others for the better, some for worse. At…

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Embracing complexity

Embracing complexity


As a researcher in a think tank, you are constantly engaged in a struggle between the vast nuance and complexity…

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New Zealand’s new schools

New Zealand’s new schools


As expected, there’s been considerable reaction to Education Minister Hekia Parata’s announcement of the five successful applicants for partnership school…

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A children’s tale

A children’s tale


The fourth trick of a German children’s tale tells of the mischief-makers Max and Moritz putting gunpowder into the pipe…

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Educational gains in charter schools are still gains

Educational gains in charter schools are still gains


I was interested to note the similarities between the statement offered by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) in Tuesday’s…

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Abandoning Te Kotahitanga? Yeah, right.

Abandoning Te Kotahitanga? Yeah, right.


There is so much happening in education at the moment that it’s exhausting sifting through the snowdrift created by an…

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Partnership schools: the debate rages on

Partnership schools: the debate rages on


This has been another contentious week in education. The Education and Science Committee reported back on the Education Amendment Bill…

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