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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.

The power of parental involvement

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

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.

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.

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.

A valued education

Whose job is it to instil values in our young people? The family’s? The school’s? The teacher’s? Everyone’s? JUDE BARBACK spins the moral and ethical compass.

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 “Kardashian effect”: in defence of single gender education

In New Zealand, single-gender education is a choice parents can make – not a common scenario in comparable state education systems. As the debate continues to burn in the US, JAYLAN BOYLE talks to two principals of single-gender schools about why they believe their school environment is a force for good – both cite reasons that might not be immediately obvious.

The power of the b-word: knowing when to use it and how to deal...

“Kayla bullied me today,” said my Year 2 daughter solemnly. “That’s terrible,” I responded. “What happened?” “She snatched my fidget spinner from me and wouldn’t give it back.” I resisted the temptation to tell her off for...
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