Special education

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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Alfroi with teacher Nisha Rani and early intervention teacher, Katherine Reilly

Early intervention: Yes please! But where’s the money?

By Melissa Schwalger 12 July, 2016

Figures bandied about by officials suggest that a $30,000 investment in early intervention education will save the government around $150,000 down the track. Yet officials are also clear that there…

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Inclusive ed PD from TRCC & Canty Uni

By Jane Blaikie 12 May, 2016

Everybody In: supporting the learning, participation and success of children and young people with disabilities in education This course, run in partnership with the University of Canterbury, is for all…

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New Children's Commissioner on 'neurodisabilities'

By Jane Blaikie 11 May, 2016

Interesting release here from the Dyslexia Foundation. New Children’s Commissioner, Andrew Becroft, is speaking at their forum, and clearly he is aware of the implications of learning disabilities. Does he also…

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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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Success in more than one size

By Debra Harrington 21 January, 2016

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…

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Special education Update

By Jane Blaikie 18 January, 2016

NZEI member leaders have told Parliament’s inquiry into dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism that there is a growing number of students who are not getting their educational needs met because of…

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New research shows flaws in National Standards

By Jane Blaikie 17 November, 2015

Research from the US and Denmark shows that delaying a child’s first day of school for a year reduces the chances of hyperactivity and inattention, meaning children do better at school.…

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Sign up for captioning – here's why

By Jane Blaikie 11 November, 2015

The parent of a nine-year-old child who is deaf is promoting the benefits of TV captioning for all children. This funny video explains why. Helen MacKay is asking for signatures…

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