Blog posts in School Support

Getting a Balanced Picture-we do have amazing kids.

In a week of heated debate around Australian detention centres and New Zealand’s apparent lack of action, and the issue of compromising images of our girls on social media, I was very humbled to read...

We can't all be Van Gogh - and we shouldn't try to be!

E. Paul Torrance, American psychologist, talks about what he calls the "4th-grade slump" in the creative lives of children. When children begin school, they are generally quite happy to show their...

Do We Need a Dislike Button and What Would it Add?

I have Facebook but admit I am a ‘slack Facebook scroller’ and rarely post anything on my page.  I do regularly check on what my family and friends are up to, and I do feel I am part of the...

Sound to Print - the Way to Go!

One of the first blogs I wrote was about spelling. Spelling is not a glamorous topic. I suspect some of my colleagues rather pity my obsession with spelling.  But I am not interested in spelling...

The Commissioner's Report Seeks Urgency

Over recent days the Commissioner for Children’s report on CYFs has been released. What a sad indictment on our society. As educationalists you are all well aware of the problems around these students...

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...