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Mini bus last hope for little Bay of Plenty school

Pukehina's once flourishing school is making a last throw of the dice to try and stave off closure.

Editorial: Work habits are learned at home

Testing for national standards is about to be abolished, NCEA pass rate targets are almost certain to go, and today we report the worth of assigning (and marking) homework is being questioned.

Schools back plans to scrap National Standards

The Labour-led government's plans to scrap National Standards for primary schools have pleased one Rotorua principal who says children are "not the place to put KPIs".

Labour’s education plans revealed: Primary school league tables axed, big NCEA shakeup

Primary school league tables will be axed, and high-school exams are in for a big shake-up as the new Labour-led Government moves to make schools focus on learning rather than assessment.

More mental health issues being seen at a young age, counsellor says

A Tauranga counsellor says she is seeing increasing levels of anxiety in children and would like counsellors to be brought into primary schools to address the issues earlier.

Local schools adopting cohort enrolment system

Two Rotorua primary schools will be among the first in the country to test out a new enrolment system that will see an end to the time-honoured tradition of children starting school on their 5th birthday.

Putting counsellors in primary schools ‘best thing Government has done’

A move to address child mental health and behavioural issues by piloting counsellors in primary schools has been dubbed "the best thing the Government has done" by a Rotorua counsellor.

SPCA launches second children’s storybook series to stop cycle of animal cruelty

Developing empathy and encouraging humane treatment towards all animals from the next generation is behind the SPCA’s launch of a series of storybooks for primary school children.

Quarter of kids in low decile schools need food support

A school food charity says demand for emergency food supplies in low decile schools has doubled over the past 6 years.

Kindness should be child’s play – SAFE launches interactive children’s game

SAFE has created an exciting new game on its new Animal Squad website as a tool to help teach young people compassion and empathy.
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