13 May 2024

A broken system: Report says education system failing

From Nine To Noon, 9:05 am on 13 May 2024

A just released report paints a dire picture of the state of support being provided to neurodivergent children in our education system. Neurodivergent children make up 15 to 20 percent of the population.

'The Illusion of Inclusion' study was conducted by not-for-profit The Education Hub and collected the perspectives of 2400 people engaged with neurodivergent young people. These included whānau, educators, support services, and neurodivergent tamariki themselves. It says it found a broken system with students and schools in crisis, and as a country we are failing neurodivergent children on an epic scale.

Dr Nina Hood is the Founder of The Education Hub. An academic at the University of Auckland, Nina has a background as a secondary school teacher and has a son who is neurodivergent. She speaks to Kathryn about the situation for neurodivergent young people, alongside Autism NZ chief executive Dane Dougan.

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