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Union highlights a serious lack of funding for learning support-School News

For International Day of Persons with Disabilities this Friday, NZEI Te Riu Roa sheds light on resource shortages in the learning support sector by encouraging educators to enroll in the campaign. Ngā Aukaha All-in for Tamariki.

“Currently, many Tamariki are missing out on the support they need due to severe funding shortages and very long wait times for support services, which puts more pressure on school and classroom educators.” Liam Rutherford, President of NZEI Te Riu Roa, said.

On average, one-third of continuous resource scheme (ORS) applications are rejected, Rutherford points out.

“I’ve heard from educators and parents about ORS funding that the standards are very narrow and it takes a very long time to apply for this highly needed support.”

Margie Askin-Jarden, primary teacher and parent, said: I don’t understand why some disabilities attract help when they are not others.

“Neither of my boys are planning to graduate from high school with NCEA qualifications. Learning support was not flexible and responsive enough to provide the school with anything other than meaningful advice.”

The purpose of the Ngā Aukaha Allin for Tamariki campaign is to ensure that each child in Aotearoa feels connected, supported and valued in school and early childhood education.

The campaign requirements are as follows:

  • Fund a dedicated learning support coordinator or SENCO at all schools and preschool centers
  • Expand your ORS standards, increase the available funding, and base your needs on your needs, not a fixed amount of funding.
  • Increase funding for dedicated teacher aids in early childhood centers and schools. (Currently, only two-thirds of teacher assistance time is funded by the Ministry of Education’s learning support).
  • Increase the number of professionals (psychologists, physiotherapists, resource teachers, etc.) to meet the needs of students.
  • Develop and provide better professional development (including career paths) and professional opportunities for educators to better understand learning support, including early teacher education.



Union highlights a serious lack of funding for learning support-School News

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