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Values and beliefs

JAYLAN BOYLE dissects the ongoing debate over religious instruction, and whether it still has a place in New Zealand’s state schools.

What’s happening to U? – making sense of puberty education

Teacher Toni Ferens helps align puberty education resources with The New Zealand Curriculum and classroom teaching.

Improving boys – achievement

JOSEPH DRIESSEN pinpoints four key areas for teachers to address in order to help improve boys’ achievement.

Extracurricular activities: do they add value?

Drawing on his experience teaching at a school in China, ANDY ELLMERS discusses how important and just how difficult it is for secondary school students to strike a balance between academic demands and finding time for extracurricular activities

Overcoming the odds

Education Review finds a number of inspiring postgraduate students who despite difficult personal circumstances ranging from siblings with schizophrenia, to financial hardship, to a previous lack of engagement with education, are now well on their way to achieving their academic goals.

Boys behaving badly?

This year, the annual ‘undie run’ at Tauranga Boys’ College took an ugly turn, prompting a letter bemoaning the recent bad behaviour of boys in general. Principal Robert Mangan’s response below gives an insight into the complex and multi-faceted process of turning boys into fine young men.

PB4L what’s the fuss about?

Budget 2013 has ploughed more money into the Government’s Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) programme. But is it all it’s cracked up to be? Education Review takes a look.

What the lunchboxes told us

The questions over who is to blame for children coming to school with neither breakfasts in their tummies nor a school lunch in their bag has quickly turned to: what can we do about this problem? JUDE BARBACK reports.

The power of parental involvement

GARRY HORNBY discusses the benefits of involving parents in children’s education.

Our big bullying problem: are we getting anywhere?

New research shows that New Zealand’s schools’ anti-bullying policies are not up to scratch. What else can we do? JUDE BARBACK confronts this uncomfortable topic.
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