Support Staff

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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Education news: spring 2016

By Jane Blaikie 6 October, 2016

SEG funding falls by 1.8% The Special Education Grant (SEG) paid to schools through operational grant funding is failing to keep up with wage inflation and roll growth. Between 2009…

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Bulk-funding would lead to staff trade-offs

By Kate Drury 14 September, 2016

Principals and Boards of Trustees sit down at about this time every year and decide how they will staff their schools for the next year. They do not have to…

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Another attempt at increasing class sizes

By Jane Blaikie 14 September, 2016

A smart government knows that when a particular policy hits the brick wall of public opinion, you quickly retreat and try to find another way around. In 2012 the government…

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Support Staff campaign underway

By Jane Blaikie 17 August, 2016

Sign the petition! In May, the National Government froze the already-stretched school operations grant that pays for support staff wages and other essential school running costs. A campaign is underway…

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EA’s latest news stories

By Jane Blaikie 18 April, 2016

Field staff win out By sticking together and staying strong, Ministry of Education Field Staff members have won a better collective agreement. Field staff work in a number of roles…

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Support staff have day in court over pay cuts

By Jane Blaikie 7 April, 2016

School support staff members have taken legal action against an “unfair and illegal” cut in their fortnightly pay packets. NZEI Te Riu Roa, on behalf of the support staff, took…

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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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The fight for communities of learning  

By Jane Blaikie 3 October, 2015

NZEI Te Riu Roa Joint Initiative Working Party explain why they are in the fight for communities of learning and how they are different [g1_row] [g1_1of3] Achieving the dream The…

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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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