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  • Glyn Ellison-Jones
    pledged support 2017-02-20 17:02:56 +1300
  • James Carbery
    pledged support 2017-02-20 15:15:06 +1300
    Introduce apprentice support in the form of incentive for the employer to take on more training staff supported buy the government
  • Yvonne Ellen
    pledged support 2017-02-20 14:08:56 +1300
  • Catherine Shore
    pledged support 2017-02-20 13:14:30 +1300
    How wonderful this will be. What about free school buses for students (ID) so everyone can make it to school rain hail or sunshine? What about free lunches in all schools (with the help of corporate sponsors) so no child goes hungry - irrespective of decide rating rich/poor areas? How great that would be!! You're heading in the right direction TOP!! forward march!
  • Jenny Carryer
    pledged support 2017-02-20 12:40:54 +1300
  • Tania Lineham
    pledged support 2017-02-20 10:18:03 +1300
  • Peter KImble
    pledged support 2017-02-20 10:14:25 +1300
  • Matt Walkington
    pledged support via 2017-02-20 09:40:54 +1300
    Definitely support. Can't see a National lead government even grudgingly supporting it without a major change in the ideological centre of mass of the party, its core voters and, most importantly, its direct and indirect, neoliberal pay and influence masters. Will need a lot of leverage.
  • Paul Tetteroo
    pledged support 2017-02-20 08:28:58 +1300
    In the area of breaking down competition, get rid if the Cambridge exams ( a British colonial system which was re-introduced by many schools to appeal to elitists and social climbers).
  • richard Benefield
    canceled their pledge of support 2017-02-19 23:30:05 +1300
  • richard Benefield
    pledged support 2017-02-19 23:29:32 +1300
    10/10. National's education efforts are lamentable and not interested in anything from Labour after appointment of Willie Jackson.
  • Barbara Lambourn
    canceled their pledge of support 2017-02-19 23:23:15 +1300
  • Barbara Lambourn
    pledged support 2017-02-19 23:22:48 +1300
  • kahmil niupalau
    pledged support 2017-02-19 23:10:21 +1300
  • Hamish McClea
    pledged support 2017-02-19 22:04:35 +1300
  • Emily Carter
    pledged support 2017-02-19 20:54:45 +1300
  • Richard O'Halloran
    pledged support 2017-02-19 20:47:08 +1300
  • Trudi Williams
    pledged support 2017-02-19 20:40:29 +1300
    Greater teacher consultation.
  • Tony Cairns
    pledged support 2017-02-19 20:23:36 +1300
  • Wayne Glover
    pledged support 2017-02-19 19:43:58 +1300
    Totally agree with pincipiles but thinking firstly that at year 11 students should be able to qualify at their own pace papers which can be used as evidence of ability whether or not they continue to year 13 or achieve level three by say sixteen.
    Also to me the biggest negative aspect of this push for providing performance and over intellectualised recall based behavior, it would be good to have options around corricullum for 4-7 year olds. Is nz is of the earliest primary school starters, and there is little option for a less intellectually based programme. To compare, look at Waldolf (Stiener) schooling, where kindy goes to seven and reading and maths delayed but full learnt to peers level from 8-9.
  • Rex Plaisted
    pledged support 2017-02-19 19:39:06 +1300
  • Matt Schmidt
    pledged support 2017-02-19 19:28:15 +1300
    Great to see an education policy that makes sense and actually takes current research and evidence into account! As a school Principal - let me say thank you! We need more people thinking like this!
  • Alex Reid
    pledged support 2017-02-19 18:56:25 +1300
    At last, an enlightened education approach.
  • Jeanette O'Shea
    pledged support 2017-02-19 18:38:08 +1300
    “Our source of strength is the importance placed on education, from pre-primary to post-graduate. This investment (commitment) has taken the community forward. It has been our greatest asset in crisis situations. When you have to leave in a hurry, all you can take with you is your knowledge; and it’s the one resource that helps you settle faster. “ Aga Khan-Prince Karim (aged 68).
  • Tim Young
    pledged support 2017-02-19 18:21:43 +1300
    I applaud this effort to give teachers more respect, reduce inequality between schools, and reduce the amount of standardised learning and testing.

    The other change I would like to see in NZ is the shift towards school psychologists (one each large school, or one for multiple smaller schools), and away from Ministry of Education appointed Educational Psychs that are only appointed once behavioural and learning difficulties are well developed. Investment in early education - as TOP have announced - will help with this too. This would follow the practice of the majority of OECD countries.
  • david craig
    pledged support 2017-02-19 17:52:54 +1300
    I like this a lot. I did, however, send a facebook message to the TOP regarding education. My point and question is this. I have done some reading around to subject of streaming in schools, it is clear to me that streaming is highly injurious to lower ability students, which it aims to assist. Where there is a significant Maori population in a school, Maori feature highly in lower streamed classes. The effect is therefore to deny Maori education as a group in streamed schools. I would like to see streaming made illegal in New Zealand schools, is it possible to include this in educational policy?
  • Deirdre Kent
    pledged support 2017-02-19 16:48:33 +1300
    Once there is a clear policy on basic income I will be happier because so much is done before school and we need to support young parents, particularly mothers
  • Megan Longman
    pledged support 2017-02-19 16:32:55 +1300
  • Bruce McKenzie
    pledged support 2017-02-19 16:17:17 +1300
    Gareth, I have to tell you that I am teacher, principal and advisor to teachers of some 45 years. I have seen terrible changes,mostly politically charged and designed to have those who know little about the nature of education and the culture in which it thrives.

    Your policies for education makes perfect sense and includes much of what I have developed as personal beliefs since the mid nineties. Thank you.

  • Jerry Cerveny
    pledged support 2017-02-19 16:10:23 +1300