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With the regularity of the changing of Australian Prime Ministers, David Seymour periodically re-moots his master plan to introduce teacher performance pay and lays alongside it a promise to give principals a massive $20k extra per teacher if, and only if, the teacher has left their union. Well, Australia just had an election, the alarm …
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Christchurch. Schools are in lock down, students, teachers and parents are afraid, and when then initial shock and distress subsides, there will need to be conversations with our children about these events. This article from The Conversation may help. Kia kaha, all.  
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In his end of year message, Wellington High School Principal, Dominic Killalea reflects on school traditions and the importance of building an evolving, caring, community-based school: “…I was having a chat with one of our teachers and a parent about tradition. The point being made seemed to be that Wellington High School doesn’t really stand …
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Exhausted teachers clinging on for the last few weeks, tapping out reports at home on your dining room tables, this poem is for you. ~ Dianne
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A strikebreaker (sometimes derogatorily called a scab, blackleg, or knobstick) is a person who works despite an ongoing strike. Wikipedia There’s a lot of chatter on social media about whether or not union members can *choose* not to strike, and whether they would get paid for working on the strike day if they went to work. I haven’t got a definitive …
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How many Learning Support Co-ordinators (LSCs) will there be? The plan is to have around 600 in place by the start of the 2020 school year, with more to come. The goal is to eventually have one in each urban school and for each rural school to have access to one. What exactly will LSCs …
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Prime Minister’s speech to 2018 Labour Party Conference Kia ora koutou katoa, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Ni sa bula vinaka, Fakalofa lahiatu, Malo Ni Namaste, Ni Hao. And thank you for the warmth of that greeting. I’m really pleased to be here in Dunedin. For all of the creativity, history, and beauty that this …
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This week, NZEI teacher members rejected the Ministry of Education’s second pay and conditions offer and voted to go on strike again. But what is it they want? And what’s been offered? What we want: SENCO –  A Special Needs Coordinator (SENCO) for every school, so that children with additional needs have a dedicated expert. …
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So, whilst we are very glad this government treat education staff with respect and genuinely seem to listen to us, we need more than just sympathy; We need action. Before it's too late.
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