JOHN CLARK examines the long tail of underachievement through key events this year, including the class sizes controversy, charter schools debate, National Standards, and the Ministerial Cross-Sector Forum on Raising Achievement.
Students from a small rural Whangarei school swapped their classroom for a chamber and their books for an agenda as they took on the district's top jobs.
International students have pumped $103 million into Tauranga's economy and supported 1167 jobs in just one year.
Primary principal and teacher organisations say teachers are looking forward to embracing the full curriculum in the absence of National Standards.
Siliva Gaugatao believes Polyfest offers opportunities for greater student engagement and deeper learning.
Tauranga is about to lose more school principals, and lost dozens of teachers last year, amid growing concerns about the pressure of today's education system.