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Support for school-to-school networks: how networking teachers perceive support activities of a local coordinating agency

By Katharina Satory et al.
British journal of educational studies 65 (2), 2017, p. 143-165 (article).

Analyses how support provided by local education offices for school-to-school networks is perceived by teachers. Considers the role of factors such as autonomy support, training on network management, and vision and goal setting in enabling networks to develop innovative initiatives.

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Women in business: Nikki Kaye MP

By Nicola Hoogenboom & Annette Azuma
Numbers, 41, 2017, p. 1-3 (article).

Interview with Education Minister Nikki Kaye. Talks about her political career, her views on women in business and politics, challenges she has faced in her professional life, and current local and global political issues.

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National Standards: how are they playing out in schools now?

By Linda Bonne
New Zealand principal, 32 (1) 2017, p. 17-18 (article).

Explores the impact of National Standards on New Zealand education. Looks at their effect on students, reporting to parents and whānau, using National Standards data to inform decision-making, and the role of the New Zealand Curriculum.

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Better Public Services: where to next?

By Ross Tanner, Peter Hughes & Graham Scott
Public sector 40 (1), 2017, p. 5-9 (article).

Reports on the progress of the Better Public Services (BPS) targets. Looks at what has been achieved in each area, and what still needs to be done.

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What can other nations learn from Singapore's superior educational performance?

By Lee Sing Kong, Bob Lingard & Andreas Schleicher
In the black, April 2017, p. 16-17 (article).

Looks at how Singapore has achieved top rankings in TIMSS and PISA.

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The children's champion: a conversation with Judge Andrew Becroft

By Rose Northcott
Public sector, 40 (1), 2017, p. 12-13 (article).

Talks to Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft about his career, why policymakers need to put more focus on children, and the need for a joined-up overarching plan to reduce child poverty by half by 2030.

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I'll know our job is done when PISA is superfluous, says 'world's schoolmaster'

By Helen Ward
Times educational supplement 5226, 2016, p. 12-15 (article).

Interview with Andreas Schleicher, director for education and skills at the OECD. Talks about the origins, influence, and objectives of PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment).

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Procuring advantage in a competitive landscape

By Christine Harris
Journal of educational leadership, policy and practice 31 (2), 2016, p. 135-150 (article).

Looks at what motivates middle class New Zealand parents to engage with their primary school-age children's education. Outlines parents' views on school choice, their plans for their children's futures, ways they seek to give their children an educational advantage, and anxiety about their children's progress.

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Saying 'yes' to consent education

By Laura Varlas
Education update 59 (2), 2017, p. 2, 6 (article).

Looks at ways that some US schools are re-designing sex education with a particular focus on the area of consent and decision making. Shows how, by altering complexity, language, and instructional methods, consent can be taught in any setting, including with young students and in religious schools.

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Hard thinking about soft skills

By Guy Claxton, Arthur L. Costa & Bena Kallick
Educational leadership 73 (6), 2016, p. 60-64 (article).

Discusses the significance of nurturing soft skills among students. Provides suggestions on developing an attitude of curiosity or self-evaluation, training students to improve their thinking skills, and teaching dispositions.

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