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Teacher Education

Equity in education means access, attainment, and application of knowledge and skills. It is possible for all people, regardless of demographic factor. 

We’re interested in what you think about teacher training. How we train our educators, and what focus is important for them, is part of both research and public policy.

Based on your valued opinions, information from industry experts and insights from COMET we sent two questions to each political party about teacher education. 

This was their response in alphabetical order:

Teachers Education

Do you have any policy around improving support within Teacher Education for teachers dealing with increased diversity of students, and their diverse needs? For example: special education needs, ESOL, multi-cultural backgrounds. #

David Seymour

MP David Seymour 

A portion of overall funding will be held back from Student Education Accounts and distributed to schools serving students with special learning needs. Please refer to our Education policy in full at www.act.org.nz


Golriz Ghahraman

MP Golriz Ghahraman

The Green Party supports standardising the teacher training programmes across providers, and developing competencies for all teachers to teach learners from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Include in this cultural competencies as well as some training in pedagogies for teaching English for speakers of other languages.


Chris Hipkins

Hon. Chris Hipkins

Yes, Labour will continue to work to attract and develop a strong, culturally competent education workforce that is capable, supported, valued and connected, including through changes to improve Initial Teacher Education.


Nicola Willis

List MP Nicola Willis

National has committed to a review of teacher training.  We want to ensure all teachers are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to support the progress of all students, no matter their background, needs or abilities. 


Tracey Martin

Hon. Tracey Martin

Over the last three years as Associate Minister of Education, Hon. Tracey Martin has led the charge on the roll out of the Learning Support Delivery Model, the first tranche of Learning Support Co-ordinators, the development and start of the roll out of the digital Learning Support Register through the Te Rito platform which interacts with current schools student management system, initiated the development of consistent school entry assessment and screening tools for dyslexia, dyspraxia, mild autism and giftedness for much earlier identification to address student’s needs.  Hon. Tracey Martin has also overseen the largest investment in Early Intervention Services for decades and has supported Ministry trials of having specialists spend days inside centres as opposed to the refer out and wait model she inherited.   

New Zealand First is also interested in pursuing a conversation about another para-professional workforce called “Health Aides” – funded for our high and complex students from the Health Budget, the role of Teacher Aides would be reimagined to provide greater direct support for the Teacher in class while Health Aides provided direct support to students with high and complex needs – we see this as a way to not only decrease the adult: student ratio without excessive property costs but to better support both students and teachers.   

New Zealand First is also committed to rolling out across New Zealand the successful pilot – Managed Moves – for those younger students with behavioural challenges.  New Zealand First believes that there is a call to return to the concept of Teachers Training Colleges – under the ROVE these could be considered centres for excellence – and under our Up Front Investment Tertiary Policy there would be fully funded places with targeted support to create greater diversity in our teaching workforce. 

We know the first 1000 days are vital for the development of tamariki: how will your policy about teacher education ensure that ECE teachers are optimally equipped to help children reach their full potential? #

David Seymour

MP David Seymour 

ACT supports pay parity for all teachers with equivalent qualifications and experience, irrespective of the level of learners that they are teaching.

Early Childhood Education will continue to function as it presently does, with funding disbursed through Student Education Accounts. The funding available for Early Childhood Education will be equivalent to that currently available through the 20 hours free program.


Golriz Ghahraman

MP Golriz Ghahraman

The Green Party supports including early childhood teaching in the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund, to support higher ratios of qualified staff. The Green Party also supports NZEI’s call for pay parity between kindergarten teachers and other ECE teachers with equivalent qualifications. The Green Party is committed to improving funding for early childhood education, working towards a fully funded system.


Chris Hipkins

Hon. Chris Hipkins

Labour will continue to implement the 10-year Early Learning Action Plan and meet the needs of the youngest children in particular. As part of this, we will support a qualified early learning workforce by reinstating the higher funding band for services that employ a fully qualified and certificated teaching workforce (the ‘100% funding band’) from 1 January 2021.

 

We will also continue to work towards pay parity between teachers in education and care centres and their counterparts in schools and kindergartens. The lowest paid education and care teachers have already received a pay boost to bring them in line with kindergarten teachers’ pay from 1 July this year.


Nicola Willis

List MP Nicola Willis

All parents understand the impact a great teacher can have on their child’s education and love of learning. We know one of the most important factors in lifting achievement for our children is the quality of teaching. National will support quality teaching at each stage, from recruitment and training through to ongoing professional development and career progression. We will also lower teacher: child ratios for under two in early childhood services.


Tracey Martin

Hon. Tracey Martin

New Zealand First’s view is that we should be doing more to equip parents to help their children reach their full potential and be able to spend at least the first three years of their child’s life with them – we see possibilities for greater use of models such as Playcentre and Kohunga Reo to delivery on this vision.

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