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MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi says he can’t wait to see the results of the Papatoetoe High School project in 18 months, which has been given $60,000 as part of a fund to encourage innovative teaching practices.

“I’m happy to see our local education providers working together to raise achievement for children here in Manukau East” MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi said.

“This project is a collaboration between the Auckland Council Southern Initiative, Auckland University and a range of sectoral experts on enhancing literacy and numeracy for year 10 Māori and Pasifika boys”

“The project is one of 46 selected in this second round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund. This fund supports teachers’ bright ideas that evidence shows are working and can be shared across schools.

“It is part of National’s $359 million investing in Educational Success initiative which aims to encourage collaboration between schools to lift teaching practices to help Kiwi students achieve.”

This round of the fund involves 114 schools and six early childhood education providers. It is committing about $3.6 million of the $18 million fund. The next funding round will open in November.

“These projects will trial new ways of doing things, all with the aim to increase achievement for young New Zealanders.

“Where these projects are successful, other schools will be able to learn from the successes as well so that excellent practice becomes common practice,” MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi said.

More information on the fund is available at: http://www.education.govt.nz/ministry-of- education/specific-initiatives/investing-in-educational-success/teacher-led-innovation-fund 

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