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Educational hubs or babysitters clubs

By Kieran Madden


The Alert Level 3 announcement that schools would be opened was met with a collective sigh of relief from some…

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What’s happened to Finland’s schools?

What’s happened to Finland’s schools?

By Jane Silloway Smith


Spend any time with an education reformer and you’re likely to hear something about Finland. This Scandinavian country of 5.5…

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Play fair with partnership schools

Play fair with partnership schools

By Jeremy Vargo


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

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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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Third Research Note on charter schools now online

Third Research Note on charter schools now online


The third and final installment of Maxim Institute’s series of research notes on charter schools is now available. The first…

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Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #3

Understanding Charter Schools: Research Note #3

By Luke Fenwick


In this third and final Research Note in our Understanding Charter Schools Series, Dr Luke Fenwick interrogates whether for-profit operators…

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KIPP Charter Schools event

KIPP Charter Schools event


Next week, Auckland University and the New Zealand Initiative, with the support of the Aotearoa Foundation, are hosting a public…

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A potential problem with Partnership Schools

A potential problem with Partnership Schools


Don’t get me wrong, I was excited at hearing more of the details about the Government’s plan for setting up…

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Academics oppose school league tables

Academics oppose school league tables


In an open letter published yesterday to Education Minister Hekia Parata, over 100 academics have signalled their opposition to the…

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School zones and social exclusion

School zones and social exclusion


SCHOOL ZONES AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION 2012 seems to be the year for discussing all of the difficult, “undiscussable” topics in…

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Hub-based schools

Hub-based schools


Shirley Boys’ High School Principal John Laurenson attracted attention for suggesting that the Government consider a “hub-based” schooling system for…

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Review: The Beautiful Tree

Review: The Beautiful Tree

By Keiran Madden


The Beautiful Tree: A personal journey into how the world’s poorest people are educating themselves By James Tooley (Washington: Cato…

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Submission: <em>Standards for Schools</em>

Submission: Standards for Schools

By Steve Thomas


In 2009 the Government looked into the details of the National Standards for Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Maxim Institute made…

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Submission: <em>Private Schools and the Law</em>

Submission: Private Schools and the Law

By Steve Thomas


Maxim Institute made a submission on an Issues Paper produced by the Law Commission, Private Schools and the Law, which…

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What the CREDO charter school study actually says

What the CREDO charter school study actually says


Every so often in politics a big surprise comes along. So it was with the trial of charter schools announced…

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Submission: <em>National standards consultation</em>

Submission: National standards consultation

By Steve Thomas


Currently, in New Zealand’s education system, there are significant problems with student underachievement, with 20 percent of students falling behind…

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Submission: <i>Schools Plus</i>

Submission: Schools Plus

By Maxim Institute


Schools Plus is an initiative designed to keep young people in education or training until the age of 18. This…

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Research Paper: <em>Roll Play</em>

Research Paper: Roll Play


Roll Play: How creating better access to schools in Christchurch could affect school rolls takes a fresh look at the…

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Extending excellence in schools

Extending excellence in schools


The Ministry of Education is giving $12 million dollars to 170 schools this year towards the Extending High Standards Across…

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Policy Paper: <em>Current issues in Maori schooling</em>

Policy Paper: Current issues in Maori schooling


Maori are currently over-represented amongst those who are under-achieving at school. New Zealand needs an education system which creates more…

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