Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Mr English needs to do some further reading

Mr English needs to do some further reading

Associate Education Minister David Benson-Pope says "Mr English has demonstrated he is completely out of touch with how schools are currently teaching literacy".

Mr Benson-Pope was responding to bizarre claims made by Mr English that children in need were not getting help with literacy.

"He clearly needs to do some more reading on the matter", says Mr Benson-Pope.

Merely reading the Annual Monitoring of Reading Recovery Report will confirm what every teacher knows - not all schools use that programme. There is now an increasing emphasis on improving the teaching of literacy in the classroom without necessarily removing students from the classroom. There is a range of literacy interventions available.

If he has read Effective Literacy Practice in Years 1-4 (Ministry of Education 2003) he will understand the focus on improving literacy teaching in the classroom.

By going to the Ministry of Education's Online Learning Centre at http://www.tki.org.nz/r/literacy_numeracy/lit_advice_e.php he can read all about the latest professional advice and support for teachers and the wider school community on literacy. He will also note the range of literacy interventions being used by schools.

Here he will also find a link to the Ministry's Curriculum Update (Issue 55 October 2004) on Literacy and Numeracy: Towards More Effective Teaching Practice at: http://www.tki.org.nz/r/governance/curric_updates/curr_update55_e.php including a case study on how a decile 3 school provided in-school professional development in literacy for their staff to raise their students' achievement levels in reading and writing.

"Schools are clearly making good decisions on what is best for their students in terms of the teaching of literacy and numeracy - and they are succeeding. At the core is ensuring that the quality of teaching is high, and that teachers have the resources to do the job", says Mr Benson-Pope.

"New Zealand students and their teachers should be proud that we rank 6th in the world in terms of reading literacy. It is unfortunate that Mr English continues to denigrate our education system and our students and teachers for his own political ends."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news