Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Bold step down under

Kiwis hope to register conductors as health professionals

In New Zealand, where the development of Conductive Education is largely school-based, things are just getting going again after the summer holidays (yes, it’s easy for most people in the conductive movement to forget that Conductive Education is a phenomenon of the Southern Hemisphere too). New Zealand has a long and successful tradition in the internationalization of Conductive Education and things there continue to develop apace.

A letter from Dave Ching of the New Zealand Foundation for Conductive Education tells that 2008 will be a busy year, as the Foundation plans in collaboration with the New Zealand Conductors’ Association to work through the processes needed to include conductors as a new profession in New Zealand, registered under the Health Practitioners’ Competence Assurance Act. As will be appreciated, a lot of conditions and procedures will have to be sorted out but it is hoped that successfully registration might greatly improve the status of conductors in New Zealand and benefit funding.

There's an interesting paradox here, a largely school-based pedagogy registering its practitioners as health rather than educational practitioners. New Zealand experience of how this works out over the next few years will be instructive to conductivists is other countries considering their own options. The first practical implication is already apparent: the registration process will cost, and the Foundation is having to increase its budget to meet this.

There will be a National Conductive Education Awareness Week in New Zealand from 12 to 18 May, involving open days and other promotional events, for which glossy, professionally produced posters and a DVD are being prepared. The DVD has already been filmed at two schools in Christchurch with conductive units, to show Conductive Education programmes in action at the pre-school, primary-, and secondary-school levels, up to the age of twenty-one years. It is also hoped to film at the Aukland adult unit to show adults benefiting too.


  1. I don't know whether you, Andrew, or anyone else, reads the "Comments" following each of your blog postings. There's not much evidence of anyone else adding comments.

    Readers or no, I'll just add the comment that conductors being registered as health workers makes my heart sink.

    Conductors. Not "real" teachers, then?

  2. It amazes me, but I have to admit that I don't know the situation or the implications in NZ. given that, the Kiwis seem to have volunteered to be guinea pigs and deserve therefore to be watched very carefully.

    It all might go swimmingly, or it could all end in tears. I suspect that NZ, far way as it is geographically, is about as close as you can get to the UK culturally and institutionally. It will be interesting to watch what happens.

    I've just been assembling some material on Conductive Education in German in which context, geographically quite close but culturally and institutionally altogether somewhere else, the Chimeral quest to win the approval of 'health' are having effects that will do more to your heart than merely sink it!

  3. Hi Andrew

    I have been dreaming about you and CE a lot lately! Great to see you are still 'at it'! I can't find your e-mail address so using this site to make contact.

    How are you, you old bugger???? And where the hell are you living?

    Julie Proctor (Ulia prokopecjko!)

  4. By the way: