December 11, 2016


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Students to learn online from home instead of at school under major education reform

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11699382

Education Minister Hekia Parata has introduced major education reforms. Photo /  John Borren

School-age students will be able to enrol in an accredited online learning provider instead of attending school, under new Government legislation.

The move has dismayed the primary school teachers’ union who say education is about learning to work and play with other children.

The radical change will see any registered school, tertiary provider such as a polytechnic or an approved body corporate be able to apply to be a “community of online learning” (COOL).

Any student of compulsory schooling age will be able to enrol in a COOL – and that provider will determine whether students will need to physically attend for all or some of the school day.

The Ministry of Education says this requirement may depend on the type of COOL.

Regulations will set out the way in which attendance in an online learning environment will be measured.

The change is part of legislation that has been introduced by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

She said it was the biggest update to education in New Zealand in nearly 30 years.

“COOLs will be open to as wide a range of potential providers as possible to gain the greatest benefits for young people,” Parata said.

“This innovative way of delivering education offers a digital option to engage students, grow their digital fluency, and connect them even more to 21st century opportunities.

“There will be a rigorous accreditation process alongside ongoing monitoring to ensure quality education is being provided.”

Online schooling models are used overseas.

In the United States, there has been strong growth in the number of online charter schools, which are publicly-funded but privately-run.

Some of the schools in the US providing online tuition do not have physical classrooms – students and teachers work from home on computers, communicating over email or a web platform.

Charter or “partnership” schools were introduced to New Zealand as part of National’s agreement with the Act Party.

A spokeswoman for Parata said the existing correspondence school Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu would become an accredited online provider.

“COOLs are being opened up to as wide a range of potential providers as possible to get the greatest benefits for students. One of the advantages of more providers is the ability to develop specialist niche provisions, eg. in Asian languages.”

NZEI president Louise Green said the experience of online schooling in the US was “woeful”.

“All the evidence is clear that high-quality teaching is the single biggest influence in-school on children’s achievement.

“Education is also about learning to work and play with other children and to experience both growing independence and a range of activities outside the home.

“This proposal was not subject to any consultation prior to appearing in the Bill. We are concerned it will open the door to a new market in private provision subsidised by the taxpayer that will take resourcing away from public schools.”

Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) president Angela Roberts said the change would only benefit private business.

“Our students are not a commodity to be traded on the open market…there is no new opportunity created by this. The only advantage is to business to dip their hand in to the public purse.”

Labour’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins said the move to online learning brought risks.

“Kids get a lot of social interaction at school, a lot of their personal development happens when they are at school.”

NZ First education spokeswoman Tracey Martin said the changes amounted to a “social experiment”.

“This continues to build on this governments belief that ‘anyone can teach’ and those that will pay the price for this ignorance will be out children.”

Te Kura is currently the only correspondence school. The change would open it up to competition.

Act leader David Seymour, who is Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education, said the changes announced today were not about clearing the way for online charter schools.

That was because there was nothing in the current law that would stop a partnership school allowing students to learn online from home.

An application to establish an online partnership school was rejected by the Government-appointed authorisation board in 2013.

“In principle, partnership schools have offered this opportunity for a long time…who knows what future applications will come forward,” Seymour said.

“I think the jury is still out about whether learning content online is a substitute for the social aspects of actually being part of a school community. But, look, it’s quite possible for some kids that’s exactly what they need.”

Dame Karen Sewell, chair of the correspondence school’s board of trustees, welcomed the changes.

“They will give young people and their whanau the right to choose the education that best suits their needs. Students could choose to learn online or face-to-face, or a mix of both, and have access to a much broader range of subjects regardless of the size and type of school they are attending.

“Many of these young people are referred to Te Kura after long periods of disengagement from education and when all other options have been exhausted,” said Dame Karen.

“Under the proposed changes students, with the support of their whanau or school, could choose to come to Te Kura – or to another COOL – and continue with their learning programme in an environment which may be better suited to them.”

Currently about 23,000 students use the correspondence school each year. About half of those students use Te Kura for subjects or curriculum adaptation which their own school does not provide.

A regulatory impact statement by Dr Andrea Schollmann, the ministry’s deputy secretary of education system policy, said there was convergence between correspondence education and that done face-to-face.

“Evidence suggests that, where students have increased agency over their learning, including choice about where to enrol, this can increase their engagement…for some students, online learning may provide the best learning environment.”

Another option considered was to let all students enrol in the correspondence school, but it was ultimately decided to open up the market by allowing any school, tertiary provider or body corporate to apply to become a COOL.

Dr Schollmann’s impact statement did note that international evidence suggests access to online learning increased student movement between providers, which could harm learning. There is also a risk that schools could use the changes to “move on” troublesome students.

However, she noted that accreditation would be removed from providers who had poor results.

NZ Herald

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

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ENGAGE 2016

Info on Engage Conference in Christchurch:

Hi All,

Just to let you know registrations are now open for ENGAGE 2016 (flyer attached) the Family Discipleship and Home Education Conference to be held again in ChCh this coming August 12-13. Spaces are limited, and registration is essential. To register please visit www.engageconference.org.nz. Please let us know if you want any flyers/posters.

Kind regards,
Kris Baines

ENGAGE POSTER

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What People Said About ENGAGE 2015….

“Thank you for organising and running Engage 2015. It was a great refresher and refocus for us and I feel that we will implement and mull on the things talked of during the conference to enrich our relationship with God, our marriage, our relationship with our children and our homeschooling journey.”

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful conference.  We had not expected to be so blessed, but we loved it and found it so refreshing.  It was such a treat to be there.  Even the younger children enjoyed it (as an example, 9 year old said afterwards, “I love conferences”).  Thank you so much for everything you put into making this such a fantastic event.  May the Lord reward you.

“Congratulations on the awesome conference you and your team pulled off this weekend…really appreciated the tips on
discipling our children and hearing the many wonderful speakers”.

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Needing help for your home schooling journey: http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

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Home Educator wins Secondary Kids Ad

Congratulations Janet Ridsdale for winning the secondary kids ad award

http://tvnz.co.nz/fair-go/secondary-kids-ad-winner-video-6412707 

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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Our move to Tasmania

Our plans are progressing nicely – both properties are now unconditional. So we have to get serious about the move now.

Downes Jr proposed housespot and shared driveways

Red lines my new property

Dark blue lines Josh & Charmagne’s old and new property

Light blue lines Josh’s parents and his brother’s property

So this is my timeline at this stage:

4_Tawa_St_sm_13

I am working hard at selling hundreds of bookshttp://hef.org.nz/resources/books-secondhand/. I hope to add to these lists each day and try to keep them updated regularly.

I am also selling heaps of stuff on Trademe,  on Facebook selling pages as well as having a continuous garage sale until 18 April – feel free to come and see what is for sale – you might pick up a nice bookcase or two.

We should be getting a Report back from the MoE any day now – (not sure what will be involved in these next steps yet – will publish them asap)

Today or tomorrow I will be deciding which Moving Company to go with. Once that decision is made we will be getting heaps of boxes – packing, sorting, selling and ditching will begin in earnest.

1 April our good friend Suzannah is coming over from Victoria to help me pack etc.

18 April final Garage Sale at 4 Tawa Street

20 April Kaity leaves to go to Tasmania

20/21 April Container comes and will be packed

20/21 April Final cleaning of 4 Tawa Street

21 April 4pm vacate 4 Tawa Street

22 April – 30 April (staying with friends) End of year accounts (GST report, letter and receipt to givers and Charities Commission)

25 April – Possible Garage Sale at 541 Ruahine Street for things that couldn’t fit into the container

1 May Settlement on 23 Cordwell Road, Franklin, Tasmania https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/tas/property-research/23-cordwell-road-franklin-tas-7113/201611807411

1 – 23 May Available for workshops/conferences in North and South Islands. Let me know if your area would like me to visit Suzannah is also available to speak. Would be travelling with Grace (9) and Suzannah. Check out our itinerary here: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

23 May last performance for Jedediah’s play at the Globe Theatre

30 May Suzannah leaves to go back to Victoria

5 June Jedediah, Grace and I fly to Melbourne.

Contact details:  021 0278 2221, barbara@hef.org.nz

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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Tedd Tripp conference in Palmerston North TODAY

There is still time to hear Tedd Tripp in Palmerston North today. Don’t miss out. Even getting part of the conference will be a blessing for your family.

Tedd and Margy Tripp

Quotes From Tedd Tripp:

 “We want a Biblical Culture for our children”

“We need to have a three generation vision – how we instruct our children affects their children and grandchildren”

“My goal is to stand beside my child as someone who also needs grace”

“Heart change is lasting change – first clean the inside of the cup, then the outside will be clean.”

“All behavior is heart-driven”

From conference attendees

“One word – Inspiring”

“I’ve read all his books, but it’s so good to hear Dr. Tripp in person.”

“Fantastic and applicable”

“Loved the way Tedd Tripp talked about the issues of the heart”

Final online cut off dates for the rest of NZ:

Actual programme varies according to location.

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Kind regards,

The Organisers

Shepherding the Heart NZ Tour 

Ph 06 8766079 or 0274790002

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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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