Labour education spokesperson
Trevor Mallard has welcomed the launch of professional
development initiatives being conducted by Auckland's
UNITECH saying that it will help children to learn.
UNITECH in Schools Professional Development Initiative was
launched today and Trevor Mallard said they were providing
the type of service that a Labour Government would encourage
"We have a very strong focus on professional
development in our schools policy," Trevor Mallard
"The standard of a child's education depends more on
the quality of the teacher than any other single factor.
Labour's policy addresses the need for ongoing professional
development throughout a teacher's career.
initiative will provide practical professional development
solutions which accentuate continuous improvement and are
mainly school-based. They will also help teachers upgrade
their qualifications as they improve their professional
"Labour is committed to a well-resourced system
for providing training and advisory services especially for
in-service and advanced teaching studies; better quality
control; and more certainty that funding will be spent on
"We will also link ongoing
professional development to teacher registration.
programmes outlined by UNITECH today are exciting prospects
for the provision of professional development. I have high
hopes that they will fit in to Labour's plans for high
quality professional development to be readily available for
all schools," Trevor Mallard
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