“Supporting teachers in the early part of their career to grow and develop their practice in a nurturing and productive environment is a perennial challenge in teacher education, and this has grown as we have become more aware of how inequity and inequality plays out in schools.

“We need to help new teachers to understand and be responsive to the needs of the students they serve, including understanding how unfairness in the system affects learning, and that people can have different ways of being in the world, especially those who have been previously failed by the system.

“I think that we also have a responsibility to equip our teachers to be agents of change, who will be able to both work creatively and strategically within the existing system (which is failing an increasing number of our rangatahi) but will also be able to play the long game – working to shape an education system which will better serve our unique and diverse population.”



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