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(New Zealand) $100 million for students' mental health needs

Aug 15, 2017, Stuff.co.nz New Zealand: Call for scrapping National Standards http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1708/S00052/call-for-scrapping-national-standards.htm Anxiety in children leads to call for scrapping National Standards Lynda Stuart says most teachers believed that National Standards have a negative effect as they narrow the curriculum and do not accurately reflect students’ ability. She said it was ironic that research showing that a government policy, partly to blame for children becoming so anxious, was published in the same week that the Government announced funding to help children in schools suffering mental distress. On Monday, a mental health pilot was announced as part of a $100 million social investment package which included a proposal to pilot frontline mental health practitioners in selected Communities of Learning.