Proof that bad schools aren’t just low decile

In this morning’s Herald we have proof that bad schools aren’t just low decile:

The Education Review Office has recommended intervention at a top Auckland primary school after a scathing report.

Chelsea Primary School in Birkenhead is a decile 10 school for up to 400 children.

Its 2008 ERO report showed off an excellent school with a high expectation of students and a sound relationship between members of senior staff and the board of trustees.

However, its latest review – released at the end of January – notes “disharmony” between senior staff and a breakdown in communication with parents and the wider school community.

“The school is not well placed to sustain and improve its performance,” the report reads.

“Governance operations are compromised by disharmony within the board. These poor relationships are a barrier to school progress.”

The report says aspects reviewed at the school included the emotional safety of students – including prevention of bullying – physical safety of students, teacher registration, attendance and stand-downs, suspensions, expulsions and exclusions. It found a number of areas of non-compliance relating to school governance and management.

“ERO recommends that the Secretary of Education consider intervention under Part 7A of the Education Act 1989 in order to support the board of trustees to address the issues related to governance and management identified in this report.”

It just shows that must mean there is such a thing as a good teacher, a good principal or a good board…and likewise that bad teachers are in good schools which turn them bad along with bad principals in good schools turning them bad.


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