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The primary years – NZC, Cambridge or IB?

While the vast majority of New Zealand primary schools follow The New Zealand Curriculum, a small number favour the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme or the Cambridge International Primary Programme. Here, proponents of each system discuss the relative merits and weaknesses.

Is the board of trustees model working?

DR STUART MIDDLETON questions the effectiveness of New Zealand’s current system of school governance.

Enrichment or acceleration or both? How to best provide for gifted students

The research shows the enrichment classes are not enough to cater for gifted students. What should schools be doing instead? JUDE BARBACK investigates.

A Steiner education

No plastic toys, no TV, no reading until seven years old: Rudolf Steiner education is one of the most intriguing educational approaches around. JUDE BARBACK looks at the origins, methods, providers, and students of Steiner education.

School boom in the bay

What prompts the building of new schools? Who makes the decisions and how are they made? JUDE BARBACK looks at one of the fastest growing areas in the country for answers.
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Poverty and underachievement – are we any closer to understanding our...

Damning research from the OECD tells us that New Zealand’s most disadvantaged students struggle academically more than their overseas counterparts. Is it time to shift our focus to the many unique stories of student success that look beyond mere test results? By JUDE BARBACK.