Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Workload, mentoring, pay: new educators call for action

Workload, mentoring, pay: new educators call for action
19 February 2018

It's time for the new Labour-led Government to prioritise better support for new teachers if the teacher shortage crisis is to be averted, a national hui of New Educators said at the weekend.

Beginning teachers attending a NZEI Te Riu Roa New Educators’ Hui in Palmerston North say the high workload, low pay and lack of effective mentoring support leads to new teachers leaving the profession feeling exhausted and disillusioned.

The thirty new teachers from around the country discussed their concerns with Green Party education spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick and NZEI Te Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart over the weekend.

New Educators Network leader Stephanie Lamborn said new teachers needed time to teach, and secure and supportive environments to work in. They also need better pay to attract and retain teachers.

“We are the future of the teaching profession and we love teaching and the kids we work with. But we are burning out because of the paperwork, the lack of resourcing to support kids with additional learning needs, and the lack of good mentoring and support in many cases."

“I've heard from lots of teachers who only get put on fixed term or relieving roles, and are not getting the mentoring and support they need. This job insecurity is not a good foundation for supporting us to become the best teachers we can be,” Lamborn says, “and what's worse is seeing less qualified friends leap ahead of us in their salaries.”

Lamborn said in spite of a recent package announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins to help address the teacher shortage crisis, the Government still had a lot of work to do to make teaching an attractive proposition. She said new educators are keen to join the NZEI campaign this year.

"If I had more time to teach I could develop a high quality programme that caters for each of my students' individual learning needs. It's time for teachers to have time to teach, and support for beginning teachers so we can be the best we can be, from day one."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG).

The report found that one in five children under the age of 15 - amounting to between 161,000 and 188,000 children - experience moderate-to-severe food insecurity, meaning they can’t count on having regular nutritious meals. More>>

 

Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>

ALSO:

Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Pope Of Parliament

’Tis the season of goodwill towards all humankind… except it would seem, towards the Speaker of Parliament... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion: Hundreds March To Call For Decriminalisation

About 300 protesters marched to Parliament this afternoon calling on MPs to vote in favour of decriminalising abortion. A recent report by the Law Commission to the government recommended removing it from the Crimes Act. More>>

ALSO:

Secondary Negotiations: PPTA Rejects 'Another Inadequate Offer'

Hard on the heels of an overwhelming rejection of the government’s second offer, the union’s representatives did not believe that the latest offer was good enough to take out to members... More>>

ALSO:

eGates And Social Security: PM Meets With Korean President Moon Jae-In

Our shared values and challenges, the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the opportunity to do more together were features of the meeting between Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in today in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels