Learning Support

Stronger together: better pay for support staff

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

Support staff are the professionals at the heart of our schools and centres. They hold it together for all of us. But who’s holding it together for support staff?  Support…

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Students and teacher Rachel Foster delight in their e-portfolios

 The best and best of e-Portfolios

By Diana Clement 12 July, 2016

Above: Students and teacher Rachel Foster at City Kids in Wellington delight in their e-portfolios Software such as Blogger from Google, Microsoft’s Sway and smaller e-portfolio suites such as Storypark,…

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eLearning in kura – Ka rawe!

By Jane Blaikie 21 April, 2016

So say academics and teachers. In fact, turn it around and say what’s good for Māori learners is usually good for all learners, says Cath Rau, chair at Kia Ata…

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Special needs is about asthma and diabetes. Yeah right

By Jane Blaikie 10 February, 2016

Clearly, the Ministry of Education is lost for ideas (if not words) in response to a SENCO survey that shows special education is woefully under-resourced in New Zealand schools and…

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On the way to equal pay

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2016

Three support workers, special education, have stepped up to take a case for equal pay. Mary Jones from Masterton (centre) and Kathy Power, (left) Christchurch, are pictured here with Kristine…

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Support staff conference success

By EA Staff 1 October, 2015

Support staff members met at conferences in Auckland, Palmerston North and Christchurch over the winter. “They were an amazing opportunity for professional development and to shape ongoing careerpath development work,…

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The Orwellian world of cultural competency

By Heni Collins 1 October, 2015

Maori, Pacific and Pakeha teachers are calling on government to back up the rhetoric with funding and commitment. The doublespeak is wearing thin. Ka Hikitia – Accelerating Success 2013-2017, the…

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Educators scramble to replace library services

By Diana Clement 30 March, 2015

The National Library says that class sets of books will no longer be available to individual teachers. Instead it will provide “sets of high quality, curated curriculum topic resources for…

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The spark for bilingual education

By Michelle Nixon 20 January, 2015

It’s a Polynesian festival of languages in the Finlayson Park playground, plus a smattering of English and a dash of Mandarin. With a roll of 1100 it’s the biggest primary…

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Support staff: This is about you

By Jane Blaikie 20 January, 2015

Support staff stars Alison Gray and Bonnie Campbell kick off the year with a To Do list for support staff members on how to jump start their careers. 1. Job…

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