04 May Education Review Office reports on three charter schools

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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.

Pacific Advance Senior School

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.

Read the ERO report here

Te Kāpehu Whetū (Teina)

The report for Te Kāpehu Whetū, 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."

Read the ERO report here

Te Kura Maori o Waatea

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.

"Students at Te Kura Māori o Waatea are benefiting from focused and purposeful teaching that supports them and their whānau to engage in learning. Effective leadership and shared commitment from the adults on site are helping to make the sponsor's vision come to life. "

Read the ERO report here

The three schools were among four charter schools set up at the start of 2015. 

Written by John Gerritsen, Education Correspondent - john.gerritsen@radionz.co.nz