In recognition of a career in which she has worked tirelessly to improve science education, Jenny Pollock, former Head of Department in Junior and Senior Science at Nelson College for Girls, was recently made a Compan...
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As we rapidly hurtle towards the end of year recruitment phase, more and more schools are jumping on EducationHQ’s jobs board to share their job vacancies with the education community.
This is something everyone seems to hate doing, which I understand, because it can be quite an involved and time consuming task. As a teacher, you're always under a lot of competing time pressures. Whilst effective risk management needs to be a culture within your organisation, for the moment I'm...
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Australian Geography Teachers Association conference – The Innovative Geographer.
The New Zealand School Leadership Forum is a unique event as it connects Principals, Deputy and Assistant Principals, Trustees, Deans and Senior Leaders from all levels of primary and secondary education.
This webinar focuses on findings from the evaluation of the Thinking Maths program, a mathematics professional learning program (focused on meta cognition and cognitive engagement). It will explore how teachers can improve their practice by critically assessing this kind of education research, co...
Our Top Outdoor Spot competition for schools and students is a great way to integrate the tracks and trail into children's learning. Unfortunately, the competition has closed for this year - our Board is about to pick a winner next month. But it will be back again next year with great prizes and opportunities for children to explore the outdoors and learn about the places they value.
Those of us that work in the education sector, we are facing some considerable change. The practices, policies, structures developed for and by governments and other agencies over the centuries and decades, that were once extremely successful, powerful and developed strong dogmatic or doctrinal beliefs about teaching and learning will be questioned deeply as new technologies are used and integrated into the teaching and learning processes. Leadership at all levels in the education sector particularly in the compulsory education sector, we need to think deeply about this as well as navigating the stresses and administration work of schools. I thinks the years ahead will be amazing and at the same time difficult as we struggle to find purpose and meaning in the roles we may hold.
This article addresses where a good idea can get out of hand. However, in highlighting the absurdities of uniform rules, a basic premise has been overlooked. Uniform are equalizers in a world that is made up of "Haves", "Have Less's" and "Have Not's". In my school we have kids from a broad range of backgrounds - from the "Have Everythings" to the other end of the spectrum. For the Have Not's, at least at school they are dressed the same as everyone else, and are not subjected to value judgments from either students or staff, based on how they are dressed. Having worked in good schools that had either a colour code or no uniform at all, I have witnessed pressure placed by kids onto kids to adhere to a socio-economic code of wearing the right brand of clothing, and have seen the kids left behind by those pressures. I would always opt for a uniform because it creates a level playing field - at least in that area. Other issues obviously do come into play, as highlighted, but the basic concept of a uniform is not inherently bad.