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Source: New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI)

NZEI Te Riu Roa welcomes Government’s wellbeing announcement for educators

30 September 2020

NZEI Te Riu Roa is welcoming the Government’s commitment of additional counselling and advice services for educators in early learning services and schools, especially in the current Covid environment. 

NZEI Te Riu Roa President, Liam Rutherford, says educators will greatly benefit from further access to counselling services and a support network. 

“Educators have worked extremely hard to support students and their learning through this difficult year. We know that teacher workload and a lack of resourcing was already a huge strain for educators, but the adjustments they’ve had to make due to Covid has further compounded these stress levels.” 

“While we welcome the extra funding, we know that to truly address teacher wellbeing we need to fix the underlying causes of stress – which are workload and resourcing for the sector.” 

The package announced today includes funding for additional EAP advice and workshops for educators, a focus on regions further impacted by Covid-19, funding for an online wellbeing hub for educators as well as funding solely for the Māori education workforce in Māori medium educational settings.