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There are a significant number of changes occurring in the education sector. These changes include the Update of the Education Act 1989, the Funding Review, the Professional Learning and Development Review, the Communities of Learning (COLs) and the Special Education Update (now called the Learning Support Update).

Of these two in particular are of importance to our sector, the Learning Support Update and the Funding Review. The Special Education Principals Association New Zealand Executive is engaged with the Ministry to ensure our voice is heard.

One area of the Learning Support Update that has caused some consternation is the proposed review of the ORS provision for students 18 years plus. I can assure you that there are no immediate changes to this cohort of students and if there are changes they will be some time into the future. We have to be confident that these young people’s futures are not compromised.

Ngā mihi

Graeme H Daniel