Supporting 'at risk' school students

From The Weekend, 11:25 am on 8 January 2017
YouthLaw Aotearoa solicitor Kenton Starr

YouthLaw Aotearoa solicitor Kenton Starr. Photo: Supplied

Heidi Hayward.

Heidi Hayward. Photo: Supplied

Dunedin principal Heidi Hayward created a huge stir late last month when she wrote an open letter to four government ministers highlighting areas of deep concern. She says she wrote the letter out of a sense of "hopelessness", claiming some of her pupils are living in homes where drugs are used and dealt.

The Dunedin North Intermediate principal wrote:

"There was a time when I took solace in the belief that while I could not educate some of the at risk children, I could at least provide comfort, safety and security for them five days a week"

Heidi Hayward and YouthLaw Aotearoa solicitor Kenton Starr join me for a conversation about what more needs to be done to support  'at risk' school students.