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Parents need to be involved.  Results from international tests which placed our Year 9 students at the bottom of the developed world in mathematics make for depressing reading.  Here are some suggestions for parents, our minister, her officials and those involved in teacher education and school leadership. We need far more than tinkering - we need wholesale changes if we are to have skilled, motiva

Results from international tests which placed our Year 9 students at the bottom of the developed world in mathematics make for depressing reading.

Finally, there is to be the development of new sets of professional standards for each role and the use of independent experts to assess the...

Finally, there is to be the development of new sets of professional standards for each role and the use of independent experts to assess the.

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The 4 C's are the drivers of high employee performance. Keep your performance standards high and don’t over complicate managing performance.

Education Minister Hekia Parata is denying she has plans to link school funding to student achievement, a move the Opposition has called "loopy" and teachers say is "crazy". In an interview with the Herald on Sunday, Ms Parata said, "You've got to work out which school is delivering achievement, which schools are focusing on how they raise the quality of their teaching and leadership practice, and how is that translating into kids demonstrating that they're learning more."  [3 News]

Knock-on effects of the Novopay debacle continue to plague teachers, as Steven Joyces deadline of June to sort out its issues looms closer. Since its rollout in September the beleaguered payroll system has left a number of school staff underpaid,

Steven Joyce says he’s sticking with Talent2  The Minister Responsible for Novopay Steven Joyce says Talent2 will continue to administer the school payroll – but that the system remains under review. “The only other realistic option at this point was to switch back to the old Datacom syste

Novopay represented a radical decentralisation of payroll processing into the schools. The Ministry of Education failed to equip the schools to deal with this major change and “grossly underestimated the support requirement”, he says.

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