Education & play

Education & play


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Schools smarten up

Parents stay app-to-date

Smartphone technology is helping schools to report absences and check events.

Support for students stretched

Students with special learning needs are still missing out on help with exams, despite an expensive assessment fee being scrapped.

Are school holidays time for chilling out or activities?

Are school holidays a time for kids to chill out and relax, or do they need some structured activities to stop them running amok?

Is txt tlk ruining spelling?

Can your kids still string together a proper written sentence or has everything been reduced to text talk?

Kiwi kids get crafty

Rainbow looms and Dreamworks trading cards have taken Kiwi kids by storm.


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Massey University gifted education specialist Associate Professor Tracy Riley.

NZ schools 'a step back' for gifted kids

Our smartest kids may be missing out in the classroom, as teachers and resources are focused on helping their under-achieving peers.


Parents take on bullying

A couple whose 9-year-old son was allegedly strangled and stomped on have had enough.

Junior reviewers

Picture books: We ask the experts

When it comes to judging the best picture books in the country, we have asked the true experts.


'Dangerous' things kids should do

The bumps and bruises of childhood are being micro-managed out of existence and adventurer Bear Grylls thinks it's doing our children a disservice.

Fiona and Amy Basha

Homework for parents

A programme designed to actively engage parents is lifting achievements rates and will be rolled out across New Zealand.

Kids TV

My son has stopped playing

I've been letting my 5-year-old watch TV or the iPad after school, because it's just easier and, you know, I have things to do!

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Banning birthday presents

Would you ban presents at your child's birthday party? This mum did - what happened next might surprise you.

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'I don't want to go to school'

What do you do when mornings become a running battle, because your child doesn't want to go to school?

Working mum

The school holiday juggle

How did you manage the school holiday/work balance? Was it a juggle or did you have a plan?

Teaching, teacher, whiteboard

Half of school principals stressed

A new survey suggests primary and intermediate teachers are being "stretched too thin".


Worst bully advice ever?

Don't defend yourself, don't tell anyone and mock yourself when a bully attacks you, this was actual advice sent home with students.


Calling all Lego fans

Getting your kids stuck into their Lego stash these holidays could pay off.

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A tooth fairy tale

A school principal using his connections to the tooth fairy made a huge difference to a little girl's day. Have a look at this heartwarming letter.

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An overachieving child

My son's teacher was concerned about his obsession with marks. Yes, my son is driven to succeed. Unhealthily so.


First term lessons

I thought having a child at school would open up my days and make life a little easier – but I was wrong.

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