More support needed to improve school culture, says advocacy group

In a rare move, the Ministry of Education has agreed to override zoning rules to allow a bullied student to change schools this year. Is this merely a Band-Aid solution that avoids addressing an underlying culture of bullying in our schools?

“Crisis of anxiety”: a call for more counsellors in our schools

Are we are doing enough to ensure the wellbeing of students at all levels in our schools? ANNIE GRAHAM-RILEY 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...

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.
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