Special Education


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    More funding needed for all schools to become fully inclusive

    An Education Review Office report released yesterday revealed that New Zealand schools are becoming more inclusive. The findings have been welcomed by the sector however some groups say more funding is needed to support students with special needs, so that all schools can become fully inclusive.

April 2017

February 2017

  • Seclusion rooms

    Opening the door on seclusion rooms

    The controversies surrounding seclusion rooms and the increasingly widespread practice of illegal ‘Kiwi suspensions’ reveal some cracks in our education system when it comes to managing challenging behaviour. JUDE BARBACK asks whether our schools and teachers are adequately prepared for the realities of teaching a diverse range of students.

  • Earphones

    Signalling an end to reader/writers – the effectiveness of assistive technologies

    When Kapiti College found providing reader/writers to its growing number of dyslexic students unsustainable, it looked to assistive technologies for answers.

October 2016

February 2016

  • Dyspraxia

    Are we failing our students with learning differences?

    GUY POPE-MAYELL says the recent Select Committee Inquiry [into the identification and support for students with the significant challenges of dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism spectrum disorders in primary and secondary schools] provided a chilling insight into the problems that students with learning differences can face. He outlines some of the issues and potential solutions.

January 2013

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    The Salisbury story

    When Judge Dobson overruled the Ministry of Education’s decision to close Salisbury School, many were relieved. But the threat of closure has cast a question mark over the future of special education in New Zealand.

September 2012

  • Secret Agent Society

    An Australian PhD study that trialled a programme to help children with Asperger’s Syndrome is fast becoming an international phenomenon.

June 2010

  • Hungarian technique meets a special need

    Auckland-based ZSOFIA OLAH’s journey teaching children with motor disorders began many years ago in Budapest. She shares her training memories and outlines Conductive Education

March 2010

  • Outside the mainstream

    *KEREN BROOKING draws lessons from two research projects with two very different groups of difficult-to-teach students*

March 2011