At the beginning of the school year, I heard that Houghton Valley School had to ask parents if anyone had a caravan to use as a library because the school didn’t have space. Schools are under so much pressure to make ends meet that our school libraries are being cut. I started to hear from other schools […]
The Government is reviewing the purpose of education in a new bill called the Education Update Bill. It is supposed to be a big inspirational rethink but there’s something missing: they have forgotten to ask the people at the centre, the children themselves. The United Nations have more than once told the Government that they […]
The beginning of the new school year should be a positive time for children and parents as kids start new classes and sometimes new schools. Instead, for many families it is a time of huge financial stress. Costly uniforms are now not only required in secondary schools, but also in many primary schools. When 88 […]
This year I have been focused on getting a better deal for kids and families with learning needs such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, and autism spectrum. We had a Select Committee inquiry into the issues faced, but the Government was too scared to make the recommendations needed for actual change. Despite initiating the inquiry, I was […]
The proposed Education (Update) Bill is the Government’s statement about what the point of education is, and what it means to people. This week we had a day of Select Committee hearings in Auckland on the Bill. It’s a huge and complex piece of legislation. Some changes are sensible but it’s marred by some very […]
We need an education system that caters to all children, as is their human right.
Schools are undoubtedly stretched and underfunded to cope with students with high learning support needs. But this cannot justify the use of rooms (or cupboards) as spaces to forcibly isolate children. It has emerged via media that this practice continues in some schools for some children with learning support needs and children whose behaviour has […]
Last Thursday the disability and education communities held a rally at Parliament calling for proper funding for inclusive education.
It’s fantastic that the government has agreed to a hold a national day commemorating the New Zealand land wars. Announced at Kingi Tūheitia’s 10th koroneihana celebrations, alongside the return of Rangiriri Pā to the Kingitanga, the news marked a significant milestone on our journey to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and right historical injustices. I […]
I am absolutely thrilled that today Parliament launched its live closed captioning service. For the first time since my election, I am finally able to follow the debate in the house from my office!