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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