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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.

Dillon Scholarships available for Rotorua students with disabilities

Rotorua students who have a significant physical or intellectual disability can now apply for their share of BayTrust's $100,000 Dillon Scholarship fund to help them do tertiary study next year.

Cries for help for Northland’s children

Northland Age editor Peter Jackson says it's time to put kids in a position where they can benefit from an education.

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.

Statutory manager steps into Kelston Deaf Education Centre

A school that looks after about 1200 deaf students across the upper North Island has been placed under limited statutory management.

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.

Walking the talk

In order to truly provide inclusive education and raise student achievement for every child, ANNE RUSSELL believes a school’s Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) should be part of the school’s leadership team.

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

From special school to community life

Dr SARAH HART’s research shines light on perceptions of students with disabilities about transitioning from school into the community. 

New learning support initiative to be extended beyond CoL

Education Minister Nikki Kaye confirms the new learning support services programme will extend to schools not in Communities of Learning (CoL).
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