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Some Wins For Schools In Budget

Today’s Budget, as was already signaled, focused
heavily on Early Childhood Education, but schools did not
miss out.

“We are pleased that this Budget addresses
some of the Tomorrow’s Schools recommendations, including
a Ministry overhaul to refocus on serving schools through
establishing Education Service Agencies, and a curriculum
centre,” said Perry Rush, President of the New Zealand
Principals’ Federation (NZPF).

“With a curriculum
refresh underway, the work of this new curriculum centre
will be pivotal,” he said.

Rush was less enthusiastic
about the proposed ‘online curriculum hub’.

we most need for schools to deliver a world class quality
curriculum, is a team of expert curriculum advisors on the
ground,” he said, “not another website resource.”

have excellent curriculum subject experts working in our
profession now, and they are the people who can make the
curriculum refresh work,” he said.

“We know that for
teachers to grow in curriculum knowledge and expertise they
need ongoing professional learning from curriculum advisors
who are already experts in their fields,” he

Rush was heartened to see that principals’
calls for appropriate support for our most traumatized young
people have been heard, with the allocation of $17.7million
repurposed funding for learning support that includes
support for alternative education services. This funding
will help stabilise alternative education while it is
redesigned. Enabling ‘at risk’ primary and intermediate
school students access to alternative education is a

“The number of students showing up at schools
traumatized and in desperate need of specialized support,
has grown exponentially,” he said. “The support these
students need, especially those displaying violent
outbursts, is more than a mainstream classroom can offer,”
he said.

An additional $24.3million has been targeted
to provide intensive support for our most vulnerable young
learners at risk of disengaging with schooling.

plight of schools unable to meet maintenance demands on
school property were also heard with a one-off package of
$52.8million to address property upgrades and

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