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Friday, May 25, 2018

Government reverses rule allowing kids to start school at 4

Changes to school entry rules that allowed some 4-year-olds to start school will be reversed by the new Government.

Teacher of the Moment: Andre Jay

Education Central asks Bay of Plenty teacher ANDRE JAY about his career path to date and the highs and lows of teaching.

Letting our kids run wild

'Bush schools' let children explore their creativity physically and intellectually.

School buses axed in East Auckland

Parents at some East Auckland schools are in shock at Auckland Transport plans to axe dedicated school buses and ask primary school children to catch public buses.

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.

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Shifting schools sets children back half a year – report

Shifting schools may set children back by about half a year in their learning, a new report says.

Choosing schools