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.”

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online

  • Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

    “Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

    ALSO:

    Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

    Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

    ALSO:

    Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

    Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

    ALSO:

    Scoop Review Of Books: Excerpt - Ice Bear: The Cultural History Of An Arctic Icon

    “During the last decade the image of the polar bear has moved in the public imagination from being an icon of strength, independence and survival in one of the most climatically extreme of world environments, to that of fragility, vulnerability and more generally of a global environmental crisis.” More>>

    Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Education
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news