More funding needed for all schools to become fully inclusive
An Education Review Office report released yesterday revealed that New Zealand schools are becoming more inclusive. The findings have been welcomed by the sector however some groups say more funding is needed to support students with special needs, so that all schools can become fully inclusive.
Lessons learned and looking forward: a changing of the guard at the PPTA
JUDE BARBACK meets with new Post Primary Teachers Association (PPTA) president Jack Boyle and catches up with his predecessor Angela Roberts.
Opening the door on seclusion rooms
The controversies surrounding seclusion rooms and the increasingly widespread practice of illegal ‘Kiwi suspensions’ reveal some cracks in our education system when it comes to managing challenging behaviour. JUDE BARBACK asks whether our schools and teachers are adequately prepared for the realities of teaching a diverse range of students.
Signalling an end to reader/writers – the effectiveness of assistive technologies
When Kapiti College found providing reader/writers to its growing number of dyslexic students unsustainable, it looked to assistive technologies for answers.
Special education funding: why we shouldn’t rob the secondary sector
DR JUDITH SELVARAJ says we need to seriously consider whether pitting the compulsory sector against the non-compulsory sector is a good idea.
Inclusion in our secondary schools: is policy at odds with practice?
With the Government poised to make dramatic changes to special education policy, Education Review looks at Dr Judith Selvaraj’s recent research, which investigates the mismatch between policy and practice when it comes to implementing inclusion in New Zealand’s secondary schools.
Are we failing our students with learning differences?
GUY POPE-MAYELL says the recent Select Committee Inquiry [into the identification and support for students with the significant challenges of dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools] provided a chilling insight into the problems that students with learning differences can face. He outlines some of the issues and potential solutions.
The Salisbury story
When Judge Dobson overruled the Ministry of Education’s decision to close Salisbury School, many were relieved. But the threat of closure has cast a question mark over the future of special education in New Zealand.
Secret Agent Society
An Australian PhD study that trialled a programme to help children with Asperger’s Syndrome is fast becoming an international phenomenon.
Hungarian technique meets a special need
Auckland-based ZSOFIA OLAH’s journey teaching children with motor disorders began many years ago in Budapest. She shares her training memories and outlines Conductive Education
Outside the mainstream
*KEREN BROOKING draws lessons from two research projects with two very different groups of difficult-to-teach students*