Michael Wood at Wesley Intermediate School

“This morning I got to walk in the shoes of a school support staff worker by shadowing Mel at Wesley Intermediate School for a couple of hours as she helped to support four students with their learning. This is demanding and important work. Each child needs constant attention and focus to help them learn, and I came away with huge admiration for the work of our teacher aides. Sadly, they are at the very bottom of the pay rung, and have basically no job security. I was happy to sign the NZEI Te Riu Roa pledge to invest in these important staff in our schools.”

—Michael Wood

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