Blog posts in School Support

Real Men Teach

Where are our male primary school teachers? Recent New Zealand Teachers' Council figures reveal that just over 20% of teachers are men. Primary schools struggle to attract male teachers. Some will have...

Be Inspired!

A while ago I wrote about how Nelson Mandela inspired me and shaped my thinking and how sad I felt at his death. Last week I learned about the death of another extraordinarily inspiring person, Maya...

Teachers will Lose their Rights

There has been strong opposition to the Government’s proposal to create a new Teachers' Council. On the surface it sounds reasonable, but when you look into it more deeply it is very different.The Bill...

On Pink Shirt Day Let’s “SPEAK UP. STAND TOGETHER. STOP BULLYING”

This Friday 22 May is Pink Shirt Day, an annual event celebrated in many different countries, including New Zealand. The aim is to get people talking about bullying and taking action against it....

Low Morale and High Stress in Schools Unfair

Dr Cathy Wylie, presenting the three-yearly New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) 2013 survey results, reports a drop in morale for principals and teachers. In 2013 72% of...

Get our Boys Reading - Focus on the Right Stuff

Like many of you I worry about groups of teenage boys with the attitude that it’s ‘not cool to read a book’ and so don’t like to be seen by their friends reading. Because of this I have been...

Performance Pay, a Can of Worms

Performance pay seems to be rearing its head again. On the 9th March in Q+A (TV One) Corrin Dann asks, “Will National go to a full performance pay scheme in the future?”

Bullying is uncool. It's time bullies thought so too.

Hardly a week goes by without the media reporting another case of bullying. No school would support bullying and yet it continues to be a blight on the lives of many. How many cases go unreported? What...

Professional development funding for maths and science long overdue

The Ministry of Education announces that money is to be put into teacher professional development in maths and science ($10 million) – how many more millions does maths need?What has/hasn’t happened as...

Under fives the highest risk group for poverty

Yes I’m back on to it, child poverty in New Zealand! No apologies.