More Labour meddling in Education

Here is another ‘politically neutral’ principal – Pat Newman. I heard him banging on against National Standards on NewstalkZB last night with hosts Petra Bagust and Pat Brittenden. 

National Standards discussion NewstalkZb

First up was Professor John O’Neill who called the standards “dumb”

Next was Lesley Pether, Principal of Maraetai Beach Primary School, who said the National Standards were going well and NS was helping the teachers.

Finally Pat Newman, Principal of  Hora Hora Primary School, Whangarei , expressed his dislike to National Standards by saying “Ha,ha,ha…” He believes that National Standards help no one. He was very rude and referred to Anne Tolley simply as “She”.

I Googled Pat Newman and found that he might be the same Pat Newman who is a hopeful Labour Party electorate candidate for Whangarei. Talk about a stitch up! He has also posted at Red Alert.

I am adamantly opposed to standards as discussed. I am not opposed to parents have good accurate information and they should be getting that now, and if not their parents should be loud and vociferous to get that info.

That also requires parents to pick up some responsibility to attend school, talk to their teachers and discuss their childrens p[rogress though!.

I am opposed because standards will not identify poor teachers and they shouldn’t anyway and in my opinion, there are already existing avenues for that to happen, that are working.

Hora Hora Primary School is Decile 2 school. I wonder – is this the reason why Principal Pat Newman is so against National Standards? I would have thought that National Standards would help the teachers and the students to achieve more.

Ethnic makeup of pupils:

Maori 73%, NZ European/Pakeha 21%,
Pacific 1%, other ethnicities 5%

Also it was interesting reading the ERO report for Hora Hora School – especially this statement. I wonder what this means? : The board was also asked to attest that ‘policies and procedures that relate to students who have special education needs are implemented without discrimination’.

Including Students with High Needs

During this review ERO investigated the extent to which the board and school leaders of Hora Hora School provide an inclusive education for students with high needs. This included collecting evidence about the school’s policies, processes and practices to support the enrolment and induction of students with high needs and to support their participation and achievement at school. The information collected during this review will contribute to information that will be reported in a national education evaluation report.

Prior to a review, a board of trustees and principal attest in the Board Assurance Statement that they have taken all reasonable steps to meet their legal requirements including those detailed in Ministry of Education circulars and other documents.

The board of Hora Hora School was asked to attest to whether it had ‘ensured that teachers of students with disabilities, and other contact staff, have a sound understanding of the learning needs of students with disabilities and, where necessary, have put in place support systems centred on each individual with disabilities.’ The board was also asked to attest that ‘policies and procedures that relate to students who have special education needs are implemented without discrimination’.

ERO’s findings confirm these attestations.

ERO needs to know that Pat Newman does not intend to work with the Crown on National Standards because he can’t – maybe – because he is too politically aligned with the Labour Party.

This is even more proof of the Labour and union dominated opposition to National Standards. The dishonesty of the campaign to undermine National Standards is clear for all to see now.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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