New Zealand’s electorate will have chosen a new government by the time of Special World’s launch – they go to the polls on 20 September – but whatever the outcome it looks like SEN is set to receive extra funding.
Earlier this month (September) National party leader John Key and education spokesperson Hekia Parata announced they would fund an extra 800,000 teacher aide hours for children who have conditions such as dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger syndrome.
This followed a previous commitment to invest an extra $11m over four years to help support deaf children, their families and their schools. Other parties are also getting in on the act. Labour, New Zealand First and the Green Party have all pledged greater support for pupils with special educational needs – a move welcomed by school principals.