A month on the road

In its fourth week on the road in the South island, the Heartland tour is gathering supporters wherever it stops.  The message is clear from NZEI members – end the funding freeze.
Sheffield Primary principal Nick Pratt says that reduced funding takes him off his main role, which is teaching and learning, and the school is increasingly using board funds to cover the shortfall.Nick Pratt
He was out to meet the Heartland van when it stopped on March 10 in the rural Canterbury town nestled in the foothills of the Southern Alps. Sheffield children enter the school mainly from the Darfield Pre-school and Annabel’s Kindergarten, which were two other stops on the Heartland tour.
NZEI members like Nick Pratt are turning out in support of the campaign, with principals releasing staff to spend time on the camper van and joining teachers as they carry the “end the funding freeze” message to their communities.

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