Private school

And yet Charter schools do it on decile 3 funding

As a perfect example of how out of touch unions and the opposition are on education witness this:

School fees and donations are rising at almost 10 times the rate of inflation, new figures reveal.

The latest figures from the Consumer Price Index (CPI) show a rise of 3.7 per cent in what schools are asking parents to pay – more than nine times the overall inflation rate of 0.4 per cent.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) tracks changes in primary and secondary school fees and donations each year.

Labour’s education spokesperson Chris?Hipkins?said education costs have really?”started to bite” in the last year and a half.

“We know that parents are being asked more and more to put their hands?in their?pockets to help fund the costs of their kids’ education,” he said.

“We’re seeing a transfer of costs from schools onto parents.”

Hipkins said more money should be put into education.?Funding shortages had?”moved far beyond the days of sausage sizzles and cake stalls”.

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Open Response to SST hit job by Alwyn Poole

I saw the Sunday Star-Times hit job this morning, on Mt Hobson Middle School by Simon Day.

It had all the signs of a pre-prepared hit job where the journalist has already pre-supposed the outcome and only seeks comment to try to ‘balance’ the article.

I contacted Alwyn Poole this morning offering a right of reply to the Sunday Star-Times that would be much more fulsome than anything that they would allow.

He has emailed his response.

?Mr Slater

Thank you for the invitation to respond to the Fairfax media article relating to the Villa Education Trust. I have to acknowledge that I won?t be reading the article but after interactions with reporter, Simon Day, during the week, I am aware that there would be two main thrusts ? and a broader implication. Although I will not be reading it people who look after our interests no doubt will and I hope Mr Day has taken all care (he chose not to meet or come to the school to clarify his points). I will reply here only because the quality of Mr Day?s methods and questions left me in significant doubt that he would be accurate and/or fair.

The thrusts:

1) That Mt Hobson Middle School did not meet its obligations with a child that attended during term 1 of 2014.

2) That special needs funding was not fully used.

The implication ? that because the Villa Education Trust runs Partnership Schools there could be a problem with that model.

On the specific student situation I will not comment on the child or the family. Clearly we consider we work very hard and skilfully with every student. In 2014 the family did question that through a formal channel and the school was found to have fully done exactly as they specified they would. This information was given to Mr Day ? it was inconvenient for him so he ignored it.

On funding. I doubt that there is an organisation that works more closely with official bodies such as the Ministry of Education and ERO than the Villa Education Trust does. We take all care with systems and when in doubt, or when we get things wrong, we take full care to clarify and correct. We are an organisation that is audited financially and fully reviewed by the ERO. As a Charitable Trust and an organisation operating Partnership Schools ? we take massive care. In this case we will pro-actively ask the Ministry to re-check if there is any legitimacy to the claim the parents appear to be making through the media ? which conflict with written understandings we had with them. If any detail is found to be needing to be rectified that will happen immediately as would be our normal process.

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Public school philosophy vs private school philosophy

It is good to know there is one teacher in the world that believes kids shouldn’t get something for nothing.?

Dorval was a teacher at Ross Sheppard High School and was reprimanded for insubordination, and not following the school?s grading policy. He was suspended, and later fired after handing out zeros to students for work that wasn?t handed in or tests that weren?t taken.

Bloody scary there is such a thing as a grading policy that means a teacher can’t assign a zero mark for work that’s never been seen or where the kid hasn’t even bothered to turn up for the test. ?The really interesting part of this story is that Mr Dorval got reemployed straight away… in the private schooling system.

The headmaster of Tempo School says he had been looking for an advanced physics teacher, which is what Dorval taught at Ross Sheppard. The private school also says marking is left up to the teachers, and its students would expect to receive zeros if they didn?t complete their work.

It got me thinking… how many New Zealand kids get marks for doing nothing? ?And is there a growing divide between the expectations that private schools place on their students compared to those in the public sector?

One of my mates’ daughters is doing a forklift driving course so that she can bump up her NCEA credits… she has no intention ever to drive one but they are quick, easy credits. ?It seems to me that getting marks for doing nothing must be part of the grand scheme in the New Zealand public system somewhere.



Academies boom in the United Kingdom

It sounds like charter schools are going bloody well in the United Kingdom.

A revolution in British schools is happening under our noses. As Michael Gove announced last week, there are now 1,529 academies, compared with only 200 when the Coalition came to power. Not since the spread of comprehensive schools, 50 years ago, has there been such a radical restructuring.

The academy programme was the brainchild of Tony Blair and his minister, Andrew Adonis. Academies seek to emulate the independence of private schools: they are self-governing and independent of local government, which is one reason why local authorities, unions, and the Left in general have not welcomed their rapid growth. But unlike independent schools, they charge no fees, and receive funding direct from central government. The Government aims for all remaining secondary schools to become academies, and many primary schools too.

Of course the teacher?unions?and the Labour party don’t want to even try,?just?in case it is a roaring success. they prefer to operate in an environment that was designed and remains mired in the post industrial revolution of more than a?century?ago.