Council to Improve Classroom Conditions

Posted at 8:45 am on April 24, 2017

 The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions created to tackle issues within the school wrapped up another round of meetings at the end of last week and put forward a new attendance policy. This week, the group will release a report showing new recommendations to assist students and teachers.
Sean Barker is on the council and teaches locally in Antigonish. When asked what grade he would give the council so far, he says that he has been pleasently surprised with the efficiency of the council:
Barker says he looks forward to the next round of meetings that will take place, and is hopeful to see the recommendations being made rolled out in the 2017-18 school year.

Posted at 6:21 am on April 24, 2017

New attendance rules to address high absentee rates and reduce student tardiness are in the works for Nova Scotia’s public schools. The group has created a tiered system that helps students who skip or miss classes.
Sean Barker is a member of the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, and teaches in Antigonish. He says this new policy will be beneficial for students who can’t make it to classes:
Barker says the council will be releasing a large report at the end of next week that will show the results from the last few rounds of meetings held.

Posted at 10:31 am on March 28, 2017

The Council appointed to make recommendations to improve classroom conditions concluded initial meetings last week in Halifax. The Council to Improve Classroom Conditions was formed after a contract was imposed on teachers after a lengthy work-to-rule campaign.


Sean Barker is a member of the council and a teacher at Antigonish Education Centre. Barkers feels that the meetings went well and a number of the issues within classrooms were heard, and will be addressed. Barker says this committee has potential to make a difference in Nova Scotia Schools:




The council has already made 18 recommendations, circling around attendance policies, data software used by teachers and provincial elections. This council is expected to meet again in April.