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(New Zealand) Principal: aides are vital; the state of mental health of kids 'is not getting better'

Jan 29, 2018, (New Zealand) The Spinoff: Why teacher aides are crucial to classrooms: a principal and an aide write https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/29-01-2018/why-teacher-aides-are-crucial-to-classrooms-a-principal-and-an-aide-write/ At the end of last year, it was reported that many schools are having to cut teacher aide hours due to tightened budgets. Below, two accounts from Pukerua Bay School, north of Wellington: one from a principal on the importance of teacher aides in the classroom, another from a teacher aide on the impact of these budget squeezes on her life. Tara Taylor-Jorgensen, principal, Pukerua Bay School, Porirua: In an ideal world our school would have a teacher aide in every classroom – all day. I can’t speak for all NZ schools but our school has so many diverse needs that a TA would be run off their feet in any of our classrooms. … Further, personalised, flexible learning is big in our school and our TAs assist with this by bringing their vast prior knowledge to learning situations as well as being an additional set of hands and eyes. I can’t even imagine our school without them. … …The state of mental health in our young people is not getting any better and we all need extra support to address this. …