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Inclusive education – where are we going wrong?

New Zealand has one of the most inclusive education systems in the world. Research shows we are better at including students with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms than most other countries. Yet the stats, international assessment rankings and anecdotal evidence show that we’re not so crash-hot when it comes to meeting the needs of our priority learners and our students with special educational needs. JUDE BARBACK asks why.

Double the number of educational psychologists needed

As the Government announces an inquiry into mental health and addiction services, education groups are calling for double the number of educational psychologists employed in the public sector to improve the mental health of young people.

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. 

Concerns new MLEs may fail kids who need help the most

There are concerns about the effectiveness of modern learning environments (MLEs) for students with difficulties. PPTA President Jack Boyle speaks to Mike Hosking.

Gifted children win funding in coalition deal

Parents of gifted children are "stunned" that funding for gifted students has made it into the coalition deal between Labour and New Zealand First.

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.

Expo for young people with disabilities

More than 25 agencies will gather at the Historic Village to share information about what support and funding they can offer young people with disabilities and their families.

Education Crisis Unaddressed

In the lead up to the election, Education For All (EFA) note only the Labour and Greens websites acknowledge Inclusive Education and outline measures to achieve an education system that will enable all students to participate and succeed, including disabled students.

Response: a different take on the realities of teaching in Manurewa

Natasha Miller teaches children in a similar catchment as that described by Sam Oldham in his controversial opinion piece, What life looks like at NZ's largest decile one high school. Here, she presents a different view.

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.
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