What does professional time mean for you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?
The government (MOE), professional bodies and human rights advocates all acknowledge the importance of creating communities of learners that are inclusive. We are a community of learners characterized by diverse needs. Many children with with additional learning needs require teachers to provide a bespoke approach (planning, strategizing, and preparation of resources). This takes more time than the ratios and non-contact provisions allow for and rely on the goodwill of a stretched workforce.
What will it take to fix the limitations on professional time?
Increase non-contact professional time and reconsideration of appropriate minimum ratios.
When we fix professional time, what impact will that change have on you as a teacher, and the tamariki you teach?
Increase to non-contact professional time will allow for planning and preparation of programs and resources that are ‘best fit’ for each learner and secure their inclusion.