Achievement Challenges

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Achievement Challenge - Hauora

As a Community of Learning I Kāhui Ako, we realise the importance of physical, emotional and cultural wellbeing to ensure the engagement of all students and their learning. The engagement of parents and whānau is also of critical importance. The significance of student well-being is captured in several ERO reports: Wellbeing is vital for student success and is strongly linked to learning. New Zealand and international research shows that many school factors influence student success. Although there is no single measure for student wellbeing, the factors that contribute to it are interrelated and interdependent. For example, a student's sense of achievement and success is enhanced when they feel safe and secure at school. This in turn lifts their confidence to try new challenges, strengthening their resilience. (ERO 2016) The ethical responsibility of teachers, leaders and trustees is to consider, promote, balance and respond to all aspects of the student, including their physical, social, emotional, academic and spiritual needs. These considerations require deliberate expression and action across all curriculum areas, pastoral care, strategic priorities and teaching practices. To maximise the role that schools have in promoting and responding to student wellbeing, these systems, people and initiatives require a high level of school-wide coordination and cohesion. (ERO 2017) We would add to this that there is an opportunity for Community of Learning I Kāhui Ako wide coordination and cohesion to support better outcomes for our students.

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Achievement Challenge - Te Ao Maori

We want to develop connections and support for those who work in immersion/rumaki settings. An area of concern for parents and schools is the pathway for Māori medium at the end of year 6. While there is some transition to Māori boarding schools and local kura beyond year 6, generally whānau do not see a clear pathway from Kohanga Reo through to secondary schooling.

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Achievement Challenge - Transitions

Transitions is an area that we can improve and believe that in so doing we can add value in both English and Māori medium settings. We acknowledge the transition to school and from school to school, is critical to ensure success for our children We need to work alongside Early Childhood Educators and our Contributing Schools to build: a shared understanding of the diversity of children in our community; pedagogical practices, such as play-based learning, that best support transition; sharing data that allows us to build on the success that children have experienced in ECE.

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Achievement Challenge  - Culturally Responsive and Relational Pedagogy (CR&RP)

We know from some of the work undertaken by schools individually, the professional learning and development some schools have engaged in, as well as what the research tells us, that learning opportunities that engage and reflect the learner’s world have a huge impact on the attendance, engagement and achievement of our Māori students in particular. As the Community of Learning I Kāhui Ako with the largest number of Māori students in Aotearoa/New Zealand, this has to be a priority for us.