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.

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.

More funding needed for all schools to become fully inclusive

An Education Review Office report released yesterday revealed that New Zealand schools are becoming more inclusive. The findings have been welcomed by the sector however some groups say more funding is needed to support students with special needs, so that all schools can become fully inclusive.

For your literacy concerns, call an Auny Lit

JANET HUNTER explores the ins and outs of the Resource Teacher: Literacy service and how it can make a real difference to students’ literacy learning.

Secret agent society

An Australian PhD study that trialled a programme to help children with Asperger’s Syndrome is fast becoming an international phenomenon.

Outside the mainstream

KEREN BROOKING draws lessons from two research projects with two very different groups of difficult-to-teach students.
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