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Teachers tautoko report on children's views

Secondary teachers welcome the “What makes a good life? Children and young peoples’ view on well-being” report and tautoko its findings.

Please attribute the following to PPTA president, Jack Boyle:

“We want every young person, no matter who they are, or where they live, to achieve their potential.

Each child is different and it is our role as teachers to bring out those unique strengths. We want all students to leave school equipped with the skills, values and knowledge that will allow them to make the most of every opportunity.

While most children feel happy and supported in their time at school we recognise that many young people do not experience school as a safe and supportive place. That is a challenge for us as a profession and we will tackle that head on.

Teachers do understand that many of the factors that contribute to the challenges children face in their lives happen outside the classroom but we are committed to making schooling and education safe, inclusive and welcoming.

We believe that equity and fairness for young people is possible. The three solutions we are advocating for are:

· making schools the hub of the community, with all the services children and families need in one place

· increasing the number of teachers so children reap the benefit of small class sizes and more one-on-one teaching and learning, and

· implementing funding that is based on what students actually need, and the actual cost of delivering quality education for all.”

ENDS

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