Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Trustees Association welcomes ERO report on student safety

Trustees Association welcomes ERO report on student safety

The President of the School Trustees Association, Lorraine Kerr has welcomed the ERO report on recruiting and managing school staff to ensure student safety.

“NZSTA is already well down the track in responding to the issues this report has identified. It’s an area we are very aware of, and have been working on proactively for some time” she says.

“Our children’s safety and wellbeing should always be the first priority for every adult in New Zealand, and student safety and wellbeing should always be the first priority for every board of trustees. This is precisely why NZSTA successfully lobbied the government for more funding and more flexibility to

provide proactive employment support for every board of trustees in last year’s Education budget.

“In her radio interview this morning Judith Aitken is quite correct in saying that NZSTA needs to be taking a lead role in this, and we certainly intend to do so. In short, we are very happy that boards of trustees are at last being taken seriously, and it’s heartening to hear Judith acknowledge on radio

today that in her words, ‘Responsibility and accountability are lodged by law with school trustees, nobody else. Everybody else is a surrounding cast or a groupie’. For most of the past 25 years, policy makers and politicians have carried on as if the board of trustees is just a token nod to community involvement, and this has made it very difficult for some boards to actually exercise their statutory responsibilities.”

In spite of this, Lorraine noted that ERO found “far more strengths in board knowledge and skills than gaps or weaknesses. Fewer than five percent of boards were not well prepared for their role as employer.”

“NZSTA is not going to shy away from the responsibility for ensuring that every student is safe from predatory or neglectful or unprofessional behaviour from adults employed in our schools, and we would hope and expect that every other education stakeholder, including our member boards and the communities they serve, will accept their own part of that responsibility and start thinking about how to raise their game, if they haven’t already,” Lorraine says.

“We are not in the business of defending the indefensible, and predatory behaviour by school employees or any other adult in a position of trust – which is basically all of us – is indefensible,” she says. “This is the kind of thing we would like to be doing yesterday, but unfortunately we have to settle for as quickly as possible.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Chris Brown: Australia/NZ Tour Cancelled

Chris Brown’s December 2015 tour in both New Zealand and Australia will not take place. Mr Brown and the promoters both remain positive that a tour will take place in the near future. More>>


Werewolf: Do You Believe In Second Chances?

Of all the great pairings of song and image during this golden age of American television we are currently enjoying – and there have been many – few have worked as powerfully and seamlessly as a moment that closed episode nine of Rectify’s second season last year. More>>


Cairns Win In Perjury Trial:

Jonah Lomu memorial:

Wellington Zoo: Endangered Golden Lion Tamarin Arrives

A new arrival has touched down at Wellington Zoo – an endangered Golden Lion Tamarin, originally from New York’s Bronx Zoo, as part of efforts to help save the species from extinction. More>>


University Of Canterbury: Henry VIII’s Divorce Lawyer’s Magna Carta On Display

The University of Canterbury is publicly displaying New Zealand’s oldest copy of the Magna Carta for the first time, just as a new connection it has with Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn has been discovered. More>>

Arts Festival: An Evening With Richard Dawkins

In a special one-off, New Zealand event at the Michael Fowler Centre, Dawkins will reflect on his eminent career as a scientist, and expand on the themes of inspiration, influence and ideas in his recent memoir, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news