ERO can’t fault three new Charter schools. What will Chris Hipkins spin this as?

Chris Hipkins is going to find this hard to spin his way.

Three new Charter schools got a good grade from the Education Review Office.

Radio NZ’s John Gerritson obviously didn’t get the union memo.

Three new charter schools have made a good start, according to the Education Review Office.

The reports covered two of the publicly-funded private schools in Auckland, Te Kura Māori o Waatea and Pacific Advance Senior School, and one in Whangarei, Te Kāpehu Whetū -Teina.

The reviews were generally positive, but identified problems such as the need to increase enrolments or develop curriculums.

The report for Pacific Advance Senior School said it had 105 students in Years 11 and 12 at the start of this year and the school had done a good job of engaging them in their learning.

It said many students started at the school well below achievement expectations for their age level and to get students confident and able to complete Level 1 NCEA qualification was a significant success for the school.

It said 36 students were awarded Level 1 NCEA, which was 57 percent of the student body.  

“Most of these students had been out of school for at least half a year prior to coming here. The ongoing challenge for staff is to accelerate formal student achievement.”

It said the school also needed to work with other education providers so it could offer students a broader range of subjects.

The report for Te Kapehu Whetu, Teina, said it provided a culturally nurturing and personally enriching environment.

It said the primary school had increasingly capable leadership and the teachers were all appropriately qualified and registered.

“A good start has been made in determining children’s foundation knowledge in maths, reading and writing. The challenge for teachers is to ensure that strategies to support learners to make age-appropriate progress or better are in place.”

The review office said Te Kura Maori o Waatea had 51 students at the start of 2016 and was progressing toward meeting the guaranteed minimum roll for which it was funded. Last year the minimum roll was 60.

It said the principal provided effective leadership and teachers were making increasingly good use of achievement data to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses.

Labour are going to face a real problem in coming years. They have painted themselves into a corner over Charter schools and they are performing well. The one that wasn’t was closed down. It’s a pity poorly performing State schools aren’t closed down.

Parents and students are benefiting and after another three years of a National led government it will be very difficult to turn back the tide. Maori, in particular, are benefiting,

Chris Hipkins has made a rod for Labour’s back.

– Radio NZ


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  • hookerphil

    Then again he is only one of several who has made rods for their backs, they should remember to be like their leader and have two sides to each round rod.

  • Pagan

    Beyond Labour and National, it is unreal that we now have a system that is achieving the seemingly impossible: scooping up kids who have failed and dropped out of school, getting them back into the education system and seeing them succeed. Unbelievable and yet there it is.

    • Miss Phit

      It is fantastic news. Unfortunately there will still be some who drop out again, but at least we are doing as much as possible to stop them leaving with nothing, unlike the state schools who dont seem to give two hoots about their drop out rates.

      The fact that these kids are seen as the bottom of the barrel and other wise would achieve nothing if left in the status quo seems to be what the left are forgeting. These schools are making a difference, maybe not a huge difference nationally but for those families and kids it is huge. Maybe the life of crime or whatever these kids avoid will pay for their education. Who knows what attrocities these kids couldve gone on to if not given this second chance at something.

      • Pagan

        Yes, I hadn’t even thought about the downstream effects on crime… it’s funny to think that you and I may enjoy a better life because a young person we don’t even know gets a shot at redemption.

    • biscuit barrel

      But the student achievement numbers arent being released because of ‘formatting’ issues.
      the ERO of course just looks at the administrative and teacher processes.

      Please let me know where you get the numbers for PSKH student achievement. They dont seem to be very forthcoming. Are the results as good as claimed. Normally problems are hidden not good news

  • exactchange

    So maybe the AUMA could start with a charter school geared at ersistent truants, rather than social bonds. They do seem to think that attending school is the first thing to be tackled to keep young people out of prison later. .

  • Dog Breath

    Looking forward to Parliamentary debate when the Hipkins bill is debated.