Inclusion

The growing role of SENCOs and why it needs resourcing

By Debra Harrington 27 September, 2016

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…

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Stretch the envelope!

By Debra Harrington 21 April, 2016

“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…

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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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Light inside the tunnel

By Michelle Nixon 6 April, 2013

Specialist education staff at the Ministry of Education, who work with some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children, have settled their collective agreement after making a commitment to “work to…

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GERM warfare

By Jane Blaikie 27 October, 2012

Charter schools Legislation to allow publicly-funded private charter schools to be run by people with no teaching experience and to employ unqualified and unregistered teachers will be introduced to Parliament…

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Skill 'em or drill 'em

By Michelle Nixon 27 October, 2012

[g1_row type=”default” color=”none” background_repeat=”repeat” background_position=”center top” background_attachment=”static” background_scroll=”none” padding_bottom=”3rem” padding_top=”4.5rem”] [g1_1of1] Skill ’em – Finland A free public education system with small schools, small classes, and rigorous teacher selection and…

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The war on education

By Michelle Nixon 26 July, 2012

The government’s preoccupation with charter schools, performance pay, national standards, league tables and public-private partnerships is part of a global movement known as GERM (global education reform movement). It’s  based…

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