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

 

Minister should reverse her decision on Salisbury School

ANZASW Media Release

10th August 2016

“ANZASW urges the Minister of Education Hekia Parata to reverse her decision to close the Nelson Salisbury School for Girls.

Salisbury School provides specialist residential education for girls with Intellectual disability and complex educational needs.

The Minister clams that her Ministry’s Intensive Wraparound Service (IWS) is so successful that there is no longer a need for this specialist school. Those opposing the closure argue that the IWS is limited to children with challenging behaviour, or conduct disorder. The children accessing the IWS service are mainly boys, and not all have intellectual disability.

Girls with Intellectual disability are typically less likely to be disruptive in the classroom than their male peers. They may still have complex educational needs, and respond well to a safe 24/7 environment where they learn appropriate behaviour and life skills.

Parents point out that while the IWS includes advice and guidance from a range of professionals, the hard work of teaching behaviour change is left to the parents. Care of a teenager with Intellectual disability, who struggles to fit in at school, can be exhausting for families. Social workers see the detrimental impact of this on parents and on the siblings.

While their daughter is at Salisbury School parents have time to attend to their other children and to their marriage. The girl receives focussed educational support which enhances her life journey and may well reduce the need for funded support in the future.

ANZASW urges the Minister to review access criteria for Salisbury School so that more girls may access it. This would demonstrate a real commitment to the education and well-being of some our most vulnerable children, girls with intellectual disability.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis Review: Pretty Maids All In A Row - Mary Queen of Scots

The disproportionate attention paid by the film industry to a figure of minor historical significance once again confirms that any story involving sex, murder, and political intrigue will always trump historical accuracy at the box office. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Wild at Heart - The Happy Prince and At Eternity's Gate

Besides being exact contemporaries who were born and died prematurely within a year of each other, Oscar Wilde and Vincent van Gogh shared the cautionary experience of being outcast and repudiated in their brief lifetimes. More>>

"Our Pride": Auckland Pride 2019 Programme Announcement

Auckland Pride Festival returns in 2019, celebrating the diversity of the rainbow experience in Tāmaki Makaurau and reconnecting with grassroots communities across the region, fromFebruary 1-17. More>>

ALSO:



Sir Stephen Robert Tindall, KNZM"Congratulations To Our Honours Recipients"

One hundred and ninety six New Zealanders were congratulated by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for their contributions to New Zealand and our communities… More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland