You may be aware of the nationwide crisis in recruiting and retaining teachers.
Children need teachers with enough time to teach so they can give each child the attention they deserve, and children need talented and inspiring people to be attracted to teaching.
Children are missing out on some opportunities to learn because teachers are bogged down in administration or are struggling to get enough support for children with additional learning needs.
Teachers at our school are joining an NZEI Te Riu Roa campaign, called Kua Tae Te Wā – It’s Time to address these issues.
Our goal is to free teachers to teach, and principals to lead, by getting the additional support and staff that schools need. And we’ll attract more people to teaching by respecting and paying them as the professionals they are.
NZEI Te Riu Roa members at our school will be attending the North Shore NZEI union meeting so that we can plan and discuss the campaign and their upcoming collective agreement negotiations.
Our school will close at 12.40pm on Friday 23rd March to allow all teaching staff this opportunity.
Our children deserve the best education in the world, and New Zealand can afford to provide it. It’s just a matter of priorities.
Thanks for your co-operation in this important matter.