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Parent concern over primary schools’ use of Twitter in classrooms

Twitter is being used as a teaching tool at primary schools across the country but some parents are concerned about the appropriateness for children.

Restraint rules ‘expelled common sense’ from classroom

New rules that have required schools to report on more than 1000 incidents of physically restraining children since last August are undermining adult authority, the Family First lobby group says.

Addressing bullying in our schools and workplaces

Sadly, Aotearoa New Zealand has a high rate of bullying both in our schools and the workplace. Dr Mike Webster draws attention to a conference that will address this very issue.

Education Matters to Me: detailed reports published

A series of six more detailed reports have been published following the release of Education Matters To Me, a study conducted jointly by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) and the New Zealand School Trustees Association (NZSTA) which sought to examine how students feel about education in New Zealand.

‘Healthy’ marketing to children gets zero health star rating

After mounting pressure, food giant Nestlé has announced it will remove the 4.5 Health Star Rating it currently displays on MILO packaging.

Workload demands at dangerous levels for primary school leaders

Principal Ricardo Fox agrees with the findings of a new survey that shows principals are under a lot of pressure and struggle to find a good work-life balance. He talks to ANNIE GRAHAM-RILEY about the realities of the job.

Editorial: US teachers face a different sort of stress

As a survey is released calling for action over New Zealand teachers’ workload, on the other side of the world US schools are contemplating arming their staff for protection. By Jude Barback.

Sexuality education: timely advice for Kiwi teachers

International expert says New Zealand is lacking in community consultation when it comes to sexuality education. By REBEKAH FRASER.

Calls for zoning rules to be relaxed for vulnerable children

The parents of a bullied autistic boy say the Ministry of Education needs to relax zoning rules for vulnerable children.

Losing the battle: The desperate need for more mental health funding in schools

ROWAN EDWARDS says we urgently need to increase funding for mental health services at primary and intermediate schools.
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REIMAGINING QUALIFICATIONS

Why should we reimagine qualifications?

JUDE BARBACK introduces Education Central’s special feature series ‘Reimagining Qualifications’ with a trip down memory lane.

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