Blog posts in School Support

Show we Value our Teacher Aides

A recent study from the UK makes a startling claim about the effectiveness of Teacher Aides. Now, while I’m not always a fan of taking our lessons from overseas, Professor Peter Blatchford, from...

Independent Thinkers? Yes but How?

In one of my recent blogs I wrote about how inspired I was by the work of the winners of last year’s Nobel Physics Prize. One of their key attributes was their ability to think independently and...

Don't Wait for Summer - Fight for School Pools

On a recent cold, rainy, wintery day I was reminiscing about when I was a kid learning to swim in my local primary school pool. I vividly remember the excitement of lining up with the other kids from...

Uncomfortable, Unthinkable Research Findings

Browsing through a copy of Leadership & PD 2015 (Education Review Series) that was lying on our meeting room table I was intrigued by a photo of a girl with a demonic expression reading what...

What is Rotten in the State of NZ Maths Teaching?

 The New Zealand Initiative has just released a report, Un(ac)countable: Why millions on maths returned little, which claims that the Numeracy Project has been a waste of money. The report...

And the Gap Just Gets Wider and Wider

Why is it that whenever we approach budget time politicians suddenly get creative with how they interpret words? A deficit, which has always meant ‘less than that which is required to break even...

Winners Are No Strangers to Failure

 Last year, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura jointly won the Nobel Prize for Physics. The award, for an invention deemed to be of the greatest benefit to humanity, recognised their...

Shop Around? Yeah right...

I don’t often become so incensed that I’m driven to blogging but this morning was different. As usual I woke to the news and this morning to the most recent example of National’s failure to honour...

A Code of Ethics is Enough Thanks!

The Education Amendment Act (No 2), passed earlier this year established the Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (EDUCANZ) which replaces the New Zealand Teachers Council. One of the changes that...

Get it Right for Dyslexic Kids

Last week it was Dyslexia Advocacy Week 2015 which drew attention to improving the dyslexic student's experience and achievements in New Zealand classrooms.  When I was teaching I struggled...