Looks like this school could have done with proper National Standards earlier

Readers might remember a school called Dalefield School because its principal Kevin Jephson has featured in posts on the blog about National Standards. He was a very vocal opponent of them.

Regular readers will be aware of a nasty little Wairarapa principal called Kevin Jephson.

His style is to slag off the Government, National Standards and Anne Tolley to his local papers – which dutifully print every word, without wondering why he would be so critical.

Well, now we know.

Yet again, brave, plucky little Kevin is getting in the first blow against the big bad Government by going public with his school’s National Standards results – apparently instead of him and his teachers being responsible for poor standards at his school it is the government’s fault because they measured him and found him wanting.

But this usual smokescreen won’t hide the tragic facts for kids and parents at his school.

These results are shocking. That’s why the MoE wants to give them help.

Finally the Ministry of Education has acted and sacked the board which included Kevin Jephson

The Dalefield School board of trustees has been sacked in a shock move that has baffled outgoing chairman Ewan Hyde.

Jim Greening, Ministry of Education senior manager, yesterday confirmed the board had been dissolved “because of the risk of the educational performance of its students and the operation of the school”.

It is understood the board – comprising principal Kevin Jephson, a staff representative and five parents – was dissolved on March 8 and a commissioner put in place at the decile 5 school, which has a roll of 56 pupils.

Mr Hyde said an ERO report from two years ago had “identified some issues” at the school and a ministry consultant had throughout last year led a series of training sessions with the board, and with staff.

The latest ERO report on Dalefield School was published in December and had recommended ministry intervention after identifying areas of incompetence within the board and saying the school was “not well placed to improve its performance”.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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