Blog posts in School Support

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.

Avoid the summer slide

The school holidays are nearly upon us and teachers are busy with a multitude of events and activities. Despite the amount of work I think it’s important to pause for a moment and think about what...

What is mightier – the pen or the keyboard?

The Government quite rightly recognises the exciting and crucial role that digital technology plays in education with computer-based learning now described as “the new normal”.  Some schools this...