Raising Achievement At School

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The new school year is starting, with our kids heading back to the classroom.

National is working hard to ensure all our kids have the opportunity to engage in learning that meets their needs.  We want to make sure they’re getting the best education they can.

We’re making great progress with kids starting earlier in education, staying longer, and leaving better qualified.

There will be over 60,000 new entrants starting school this year, and we want every single one to have the chance to do their very best and grow up to be successful in life.

This wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated teaching profession, our school leaders, and the parents and whanau who make sure their kids are attending early childhood education (ECE) or school, and support their learning at home.

National increased ECE funding to get more young Kiwis into education earlier, and provide more targeted services to best suit communities who need them the most.

At school we introduced National Standards, so we would have better data to help identify where more effort and resources need to be focused to raise achievement.

And now we are investing in supporting our great teachers and principals, and their practices, across communities of schools.

National’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative will lift achievement in Kiwi schools by helping schools share their best resources – their best teachers and principals.  Children will benefit from shared teaching practices and expertise.

Evidence shows quality of education and school leadership are the two most important factors in a child’s education, so we are investing in these areas.

We want to see greater collaboration among schools, improved transition through the education system for children, and better career pathways for teachers.

The first 11 communities of schools will begin working together this year, across different areas of the country.  Together they cover 38,000 students from primary, secondary, intermediate and area schools.

We’re making sure all kids have their very best shot at succeeding in education by improving the quality of teaching and leadership in our schools.

All parents want to see their children lead happy, successful lives. National believes giving every child the best education possible will help achieve that.