NZ Education needs to be rebuilt from the ground up

Every New Zealander should?be distressed by Saturday’s article in a newspaper. Quote.

Data sourced from six universities shows while 60 per cent of the almost 16,000 students accepted into professional law, medicine and engineering in the past five years came from the richest third of homes, just 6 per cent came from the poorest third. […]

“If you only include decile one schools – the most disadvantaged – that figure drops to just 1 per cent. End quote.

Through the work at our Villa Education Trust Middle schools and what is happening for our students (for example we can show approx 1.5 years progress in the basics for each year with us), we believe that we have something to share that is a part of the needed change. Cognition Education recently looked in detail at our model and what we are achieving and concluded: Quote.

In summary we find and conclude that in both schools, the management and staff are actively involved in continuous development, and the delivery, of a unique programme of teaching and learning which is based on a comprehensive ?local? curriculum that is aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum, and which provides for the personalised needs of priority learners ?many of whom have been failed by the current education system. End quote.

There will be other schools and organisations that are also breaking the circuits and we need to be sharing and advocating for change. At present, the whole focus is on a “teacher shortage” – when – as that article makes very clear the focus would be better placed on the massive short-comings of our schools and system. Schools are funded and teachers are paid to bring about CHANGE.


by Alwyn Poole