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Eighteen and already making a difference to children with disabilities

At just eighteen years old, Hastings teacher aide, Willa Sophia Maguire-Harbrow, is doing amazing work supporting children with special needs at Kōwhai Special School.

Rethinking learning support

The Government has announced funding for 600 new learning support coordinators (LSCs) to focus on students with complex needs. What does this mean for our children, our schools – and our future? Might it bring us a step closer towards equity and excellence in education? By Anna Clements.

Exclusive: Serious concern over preschool checks as conditions not picked-up

One of the country's biggest health initiatives isn't picking up serious problems and could actually widen the rich-poor divide.

One in five pupils now need help with learning disorders

Those who went through primary school 30 or more years ago probably have no idea what classrooms are like today.

Struggling to learn: ‘It’s like coming out of the fog, you can see each...

The final part of our three-part series on children who are "wired differently" asks: How can we do better?

Struggling to learn: Brain science reveals why some kids learn differently

Scientists have found that some people's brains really are "wired differently" from others. Part two of a three-part series on why our schools are struggling to cope with children who are wired differently.

Struggling to learn: kids who learn differently struggle in schools

A three-part series starting today investigates why schools are struggling to cope with kids who are "wired differently". Tomorrow we report on the brain science of learning differences, and on Wednesday we ask how we could do better.

Roll-out of specialist teachers big win for kids with complex learning needs

Mother of an autistic child believes having more school support will make huge difference.

PM Jacinda Ardern announces 600 school staff to support children with special learning needs

The Government will fund 600 dedicated staff in primary and secondary schools to support children with special learning needs such as dyslexia, autism, physical disabilities and behavioural problems.

NZ education becoming more equal as rich students slip more than poor students

New Zealand's education system has become slightly more equal, as academic performance by students from well-off families has slipped further than poorer students.
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