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Gisborne schools trial new life skills programme

The odds have long been stacked against the children of Gisborne, a city with the highest rate of childhood obesity in New Zealand, the second-highest rate of unemployment, and the lowest rate of life expectancy. But a new life skills programme run in schools may turn those statistics around.

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Win trees for your school to plant

As Matariki draws near, Trees That Count is joining the Māori New Year celebrations by offering community groups, schools and non-profit organisations the opportunity to win native trees for local conservation projects.

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Where are we at with schooling?

I believe there is no profession that can transform lives as effectively as good teaching, or, as I prefer to call it, ‘magic-weaving’. I also believe that no education system can exceed the quality of its teachers.

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Why we need phonics more than ever in the digital age

Modern phonics is about explaining the history of English and how our spelling became the way it is, that there is a system – even though sometimes it seems like madness. We can read and write more successfully if we understand how the spelling system works and that it is based on phonics.

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Fundraising – keeping it simple

Fundraising - it’s the gritty reality of education today, plugging the gap between state funding and the cost of running a well-resourced school. It also requires a huge outlay of time and energy. How can schools run effective fundraising campaigns that don’t suck the life out of staff and volunteers?

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