Hon Nikki Kaye, National’s Education spokesperson, is looking at a substantial reform of New Zealand’s education system to ensure that all New Zealand children have an equal opportunity to succeed in life.
National are looking at how the New Zealand Curriculum can be strengthened to improve literacy and numeracy, particularly as New Zealand is now ranked 33 out of 50 Worldwide and 27% of 9- and 10- year olds now test at low or below literacy levels.
Nikki’s review includes looking into new developments in education such as neuroplasticity and learning. She recently visited A1 Student to meet with students of the Arrowsmith Program that has helped students from around the world accelerate their learning for over 40 years.
Programs like Arrowsmith can help a child build a strong foundation in numeracy and literacy within a mainstream class. It also offers students who have a learning difficulty a more effective intervention. Arrowsmith does not use compensatory methods; instead it addresses the core learning challenge.
If you would like to review National’s Education Discussion Document, please click https://www.national.org.nz/education