Insights & News

Wed, 10/02/2013, Chris Sullivan
Te Kotahitanga program has been recognised by the World Innovation Summit for Education as a winning innovation in their best practice category. WISE is an international initiative and collaborative platform aiming to recognize, share and...
Wed, 10/02/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
“You mean that you don’t have any scheduled classes on a Wednesday?” I asked wondering what was happening here. “That’s right, the students spend that time doing their impact projects,” the Principal replied. “We call them the Impact...
Sun, 09/29/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
I have been taking some leave over the past three weeks and spending time in Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. It is great to have been able to spend time in this part of the world that has given to western culture so much that is...
Over the past weekend we watched the Labour Party elect a new leader. Foremost in the minds of Labour Party members, we are told, was Mr Cunliffe’s sharp intellect and his perceived ability to “take the fight” to the government. On the...
Tue, 09/03/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
This is the third piece in an occasional series about documents that have had in them important ideas and challenges to practices that prevailed at the time. The first was about the ideas of Phil Capper in the late 1980s and early 1990s (...
Mon, 08/26/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
It has become something of a movement lately with enthusiastic claims being made for the difference it made to engagement and success of students in classrooms and educational institutions at all levels.
Thu, 08/22/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
I spent a lovely holiday once across the idyllic Kennedys Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula. We camped under the trees in splendid isolation and away from all the madding and maddening crowds.
Mon, 08/19/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
The issue was building over the past couple of weeks. Teachers who behaved unprofessionally and put young people at risk through their actions were being accorded high levels of protection through name suppression. The same is said of the...
Sun, 08/18/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
It was heartening to read in the paper this week that early childhood students are to be given a number that will assist in the gathering of more knowledge about access to early childhood education and their subsequent progress.  
Sun, 08/18/2013, Chris Sullivan
Cognition Education is proud to be a supporter of the upcoming New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network Conference in Auckland. The programme has been designed to ensure you have the opportunity to interact with the presenters and have your...
Thu, 08/15/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
It is not just in New Zealand that there is disquiet being expressed about the trend for governments to look to assess the effectiveness of teaching and learning in postsecondary programmes by wanting increased reporting on successful...
Thu, 08/15/2013, Chris Sullivan
"Change begins with you. It might sound like advice from a self-help manual, but meaningful self-evaluation and extensive research is vital for developing individual and whole-school practice."
Thu, 08/15/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
Equity” and “access” are difficult concepts in educational discussions and I think that it is “access” that causes most of the problems.  
Mon, 08/12/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
It might have been appropriate that in the week that the Americas Cup is all tied up in international juries, data and rules that New Zealand has hosted the visit of Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director at the OECD and a specialist in...
Sun, 08/11/2013, Deb Masters
Data are very useful to detect incongruities in achievement and more importantly, to identify and provide support to areas where it is most needed. The validity and reliability of the information is instrumental in achieving a positive...
Sat, 08/10/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
A research report had just been released and after the presentation I turned to a colleague and asked: “Do you mean to say that education cannot do much about social class and socio-economic factors?”  
Tue, 08/06/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
There has been quite a bit of interesting talk lately about parents withdrawing students during from school term time for the purpose of taking them on holiday.
Mon, 08/05/2013, Therese Ireland-Smith
The HPS national website has been upgraded to include a range of new functions to make it more engaging and useful to the HPS sector, stakeholders and school communities. 
Mon, 07/29/2013, Chris Sullivan
As teachers and facilitators of students with Special Needs or Special Education, we know what the power of technology is able to provide. A special report by Valle Wright from the ideas, information and inspiration site, ‘We Are Teachers...
Mon, 07/29/2013, Dr Stuart Middleton
Someone better than me has asked the question, “What’s in a name?”, and it seems that there is quite a lot. The recent obsession with the name of the Royal Baby underlines that and this causes us to reflect at this time on the importance...