Posts by Debra Harrington

Resourcing, rights and behaviour management

New guidelines and support for dealing with extreme behaviour have been released after revelations that some schools had been forcing challenging students into locked seclusion rooms. The guidelines were issued in November last year following the Education Minister’s ban on the use of seclusion rooms. They set out to provide school staff with safe ways…

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The growing role of SENCOs and why it needs resourcing

Carterton School parent Jayne Bryant has spent years tracking through the difficult and complex pathway of special education. Her son Liam, who’s now seven, suffers from epilepsy and is on the autism spectrum. Jayne marvels at the time and care shown to Liam by his school and its special education needs coordinator (SENCO), Wendy Taylor.…

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Te Mata teachers peak on performance

New entrants’ teacher Brenda Skelton was gutted to find that she was the only one of her teaching colleagues who failed to get ACET registration two years ago. Along with four other colleagues from Te Mata School in Havelock North, Skelton had spent months working on her application. It had been a supportive collaborative effort,…

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Stretch the envelope!

“James and I have the same dopey sense of humour,” says Te Atatu Intermediate School Principal Noelle Fletcher as she and Arohanui School principal James Le Marquand attempt to explain their easy rapport. The principals sit in Fletcher’s office going over the plans for a new block of classrooms at the intermediate, where two on…

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Success in more than one size

Thirteen-year-old Jack Hudner sits calmly at the crowded round table in his principal’s office at Gisborne Intermediate. He thoughtfully answers questions about how today’s class trip to the Eastwood Hill Arboretum went. The wildlife – especially the peacocks – were impressive. Three weeks earlier, Jack enjoyed an Action Week in the Waikato where he played…

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TPPA threatens quality public education in New Zealand

New Zealand public education will be seriously undermined once our government signs the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). NZEI Te Riu Roa National Secretary Paul Goulter says the deal puts at risk the rights of sovereign nations to enact laws and regulations that stop foreign edu-businesses from setting up in New Zealand, maximising their profits…

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When are we going to see action to tackle child poverty?

The latest report on child poverty (Child Poverty Monitor, Children’s Commissioner) would be no surprise to anyone. It seems every year the findings of highly-researched studies are released and they all point out what we already know. The studies give weight to what teachers, principals, health professionals, budgeting advisors and so on have been saying…

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