What does the issue of staff to student ratios mean for you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?

It does not reflect the changing demographics and needs of tamariki and teachers ability to support them in a responsive and timely manner. Lowering ratios would enable kaiako to work on a deeper and more sustained level with tamariki, rather than surface and fleeting opportunities because your attention is divided between multiple, and often urgent, needs.

What will it take to fix staff to student ratios?

Lowering ratios to support best practice.

When we fix staff to student ratios, what impact will that change have on you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?

Intentional teaching can be sustained, strategies can be better implemented and the goals and aspirations for tamariki can be better meet. This would positively impact on the emotional well being of all to be learning and teaching in an environment that is calm and considered, where time and being present are valued as factors towards quality education.

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