Stressed out principals
A survey of primary school principals and deputies has uncovered high levels of stress, burnout, excessive workloads and a lack of professional support from the Ministry of Education and school boards. NZEI Te Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart has described the situation as "not sustainable".
Opinion - hazing: the underbelly of an otherwise excellent education
My husband attended a prestigious boys’ boarding school in England. I attended a co-ed secondary state school in the Waikato. It is no perhaps no surprise we have fairly different views on “hazing”, the practice whereby older students administer punishments or ritualised initiation challenges for younger students.
Pause, Breathe, Smile: training teachers to bring mindfulness into the classroom
GRANT RIX shares the journey of a ‘mindfulness in schools’ programme that is making a difference to the wellbeing and learning outcomes of Kiwi kids.
The Great Outdoors
The physical environment plays an important role in children’s education and in shaping their development. Here, US teacher and Fulbright scholar LAUREN ZAPPONE MAPLES congratulates New Zealand for providing students with well-supported outdoor education opportunities.
Achieving a work-life-study balance
DR CHRISTOPHER THEUNISSEN discusses how a supported distance teaching and learning model can help ensure student success in a time poor environment.
The uphill battle for teacher wellbeing
*IAN VICKERS shares his fight to get teacher wellbeing taken seriously in New Zealand.*
Bringing the child abuse conversation into the classroom
JUDE BARBACK looks at the collaborative approach between schools, communities, police, CYF, the Ministry and child advocacy organisations to help ensure students are safe at school and at home.
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.
Surrender and retain
The new Education Amendment Act will allow teachers to search and seize student devices in order to hold perpetrators of cyber bullying to account, but student privacy issues prove to be a sticky issue. By JUDE BARBACK.
The big wide world – but at what cost?
Concerns over health and safety, increasing inequality between and within schools, financial pressure on parents, and difficulty with fundraising all create hurdles for the overseas school trip. However, many schools believe these obstacles should not stand in the way of offering their students the chance to experience the world.
Making tomorrow’s history today: the importance of alumni
A school’s recognition and celebration of past students’ achievements can benefit its current students. But without a past, are new schools at a disadvantage? JUDE BARBACK talks to three high schools about the importance of alumni.
One school’s journey to teacher wellbeing
IAN VICKERS discusses the importance of teachers looking after themselves and the benefits his school has seen from the introduction of a teacher wellbeing programme.
Outrage over student allowance changes
The Government’s intention to remove eligibility for student allowances for postgraduate students has sparked an uproar among postgraduate students across New Zealand.
Real victims of education politics
Teaching can be a stressful occupation, made more stressful by intense political scrutiny and change. JUDE BARBACK looks at the causes, consequences, and coping strategies of teacher stress.
A city turning the tables?
ROBIN DUFF reflects on how Christchurch schools are coping one year on since Canterbury’s devastating earthquake.
Our big bullying problem: are we getting anywhere?
New research shows that New Zealand’s schools’ anti-bullying policies are not up to scratch. What else can we do? JUDE BARBACK confronts this uncomfortable topic.
Safety in the city
An international student safety DVD was launched recently by the Auckland City Council.
What will they do for fun?
EVA MARIA SALIKHOVA takes a look at the longitudinal study, ***Growing Up in New Zealand.***
Kick-start the learning engine,or use a key?
BOB SULLO looks at options teachers have for awakening student motivation.
What pushes your button?
Workplace stress can hit teachers hard. WAYNE ERB finds out the first thing to do is identify the cause.
A stake in the ground
Creating a workplace culture can drive improvements but has its challenges.
How we do things around here
Workplace culture is a common concept in other sectors, so what about in schools? WAYNE ERB takes a look at two examples at either end of the spectrum.
These parents are doing it
MAUREEN WOODHAMS outlines a world-leading organisation built on the core value of parents laying a lasting foundation for their children’s learning.
Invest when it matters most
We spend 10 times as much putting a young person through ‘crime school’ than high school. Dr JOHN LANGLEY asks why.