Communities of Schools to help lift student achievement - Rotorua Review

Monday, May 4, 2015

A newly announced initiative will further improve the standard of education for Rotorua students. Three new communities of schools are to be formed in Rotorua, which will benefit over 8,000 Rotorua students at 18 local schools. The new communities being formed are Rotorua East Community of Schools, Rotorua Catholic Faith Based Community of Schools, and Rotorua Central Community of Schools.

This announcement is good news for Rotorua students who will soon benefit from shared teaching practices and expertise, with teachers working collaboratively on goals to help improve educational outcomes in the classroom.

Communities of Schools have been successful in other parts of the country, so now more schools are keen to join up to the programme. The first 11 communities of schools began working together in term one this year. Now, 18 more communities of schools are joining them. This means more than 200 schools around New Zealand working with more than 83,000 kids to improve educational outcomes in the classroom.

Evidence shows us that quality of education and school leadership are the two most important factors in a child’s education. This is all about improving educational outcomes for kids in Rotorua which is why we are further supporting these two key areas.

The Government's $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative announced last year will lift achievement in Kiwi schools by helping schools share their best resources – their best teachers and principals. We want to see greater collaboration among schools, improved transition through the education system for children, and better career pathways for early childhood and primary teachers.

Also doing great work in the community is the Rotorua Education Initiative -Excel project. Started in 2013 Excel Rotorua takes a combined approach to building on current successes and find new ways to achieve better educational outcomes for local children and young people. They will unite the community around schools, to ensure our kids are getting the best education.

The Government is focussed on improving education and achievement in our schools so all kids have their very best shot at succeeding and going on to lead successful lives. Both of these projects will lead to better outcomes for our kids, something I fully support.