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15 June 18

posted 14 Jun 2018, 13:42 by Stephanie Williams   [ updated 21 Jun 2018, 16:59 ]

Each year we set annual achievement targets based on our student achievement data. This previously was against the National Standards and is now against Curriculum Levels.

We have a range of targets that cover reading, writing, maths and both stretch/ excellence targets and those more focused on raising achievement for our children who aren’t achieving at expected levels for their age.

Within these annual targets teachers are engaged in what are called ‘cycles of inquiry’. This means that they all have identified groups of students within these big targets that they design for, track progress and delve into what’s working and what else they may require. It’s pretty much a scientific approach, but involving both the heart and mind as relationships are key.

A few weeks ago the staff celebrated what progress we had made against the targets in 3 months, this included ‘the summer effect’ which is known as the summer holiday ‘dip’.

You can be rest assured tight, very tight processes are in place and the teaching team know these individuals and groups of children very well.

The word ‘design’ is an exciting one as teaching really is a dynamic, creative process- based on research. And…….we have never known so much about how children learn. What we need to keep in mind is what progress looks like…..and how it will look different for different people. The famous quote “Children are like popcorn, they pop at different times...some pop early, some pop late” I have used many times. I first heard this when I heard Professor Zhao speak at a Conference many years ago. He says a lot of great ‘stuff’ in fact! 

Try http://zhaolearning.com/ - if you want to delve more deeply.

Whilst many things have changed in the world of teaching and learning and become more complex in many ways it’s also exciting times. It is going to be very interesting to see what comes out of the Government’s 3 year Education Work Programme. The aim is to

develop an education system that meets the needs of the 21st century from early learning through tertiary and beyond”.

The work programme includes:

·         the NCEA review

·         a review of Tomorrow’s Schools

·         developing a future-focused Education Workforce Strategy

·         a continuous focus on raising achievement for Māori and Pasifika learners

·         development of a strategic pathway for Māori-medium education

·         an action plan for learning support

·         an early learning strategic plan

·         a comprehensive review of school property

·         a programme of change for vocational education

·         a full review of the Performance Based Research Fund

·         better support for the research aspirations of our tertiary sector

One of our parents was fortunate to attend the Education Summit in Christchurch recently. It certainly sounded like an uplifting and powerful event. If you are interested in keeping up to date with changes in education check out the Ministry of Education’s link.