Education Minister Nikki Kaye today confirmed the Government will replace the decile system for schools with targeted funding to better support those students most at risk of not achieving.
“For too long schools have been stigmatised and wrongly judged by their decile number,” says Ms Kaye.
“Children and young people deserve to take pride in their school and we need to better target funding to where the need is greatest to support all children to achieve.
“Today I’m announcing that the Cabinet has agreed to replace the decile system with a Risk Index that allows us to better target funding to schools with children and young people most at risk of not achieving due to disadvantage.
“We will also be replacing the equity index used to allocate disadvantage funding in early childhood education with the Risk Index.”
Decile funding currently accounts for less than 3% of a school’s resources.
“Rather than allocating this funding on the basis of neighbourhood characteristics as the current decile system does, the Risk Index will instead provide fairer funding that better reflects the needs of children in our schools and services.
This will mean extra resources are better targeted to support schools to lift achievement.”
The specific factors to be used in the index are subject to further analysis before being finalised. But, they will be the indicators which evidence tells us have the greatest influence on student achievement.
“However, I’m pleased to be able to confirm that no school, early learning service or ngā kōhanga reo will see a reduction in their funding as a direct result of this change,” says Ms Kaye.
“In fact, we expect some will gain significantly.
“This is the first major change to be announced as part of the Funding Review, and I would like to acknowledge the incredible work by my predecessor Honourable Hekia Parata who initiated this important piece of work.
“As part of the Review the Government has been working with education leaders, such as those in the Ministerial Advisory Group for the Funding Review and a Technical Reference Group, which have advocated for change and further funding for disadvantage.
“With any system, whether it’s with decile or the Risk Index it’s very important that children and young people’s privacy is protected at all times. The way the system is being designed it will not be possible to identify which children generate the additional funding.”
There will be further engagement before any changes are implemented, although it’s likely the new model of funding will take effect from 2019 or 2020.
“Stripping out decile will change how schools are judged,” says Ms Kaye.
“We are working on a number of initiatives to make it easier for parents to find and assess information about the quality of schools.
“This includes a project with ERO that improves their reports and key information as well as making it more accessible to parents. This will involve some investment in greater online tools.”
Further work on other aspects of education funding is also ongoing. The Ministry of Education is due to report back later this year on the other parts of the Funding Review.
Applications have opened for funding under the $100,000 Youth in Emergency Preparedness Fund, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“This is about growing the involvement of young people in civil defence and emergency services in New Zealand,” says Ms Kaye.
“The fund will support a national programme run collaboratively by the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) and the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM).
“I expect this to fund a diverse range of youth-led initiatives, from volunteering opportunities to public education and public preparedness campaigns.
“It’s important we build our resilience as a nation to natural disasters and emergencies. This is a great way to get our young people involved in opportunities that enable them to grow and develop new skills while contributing significantly to their communities at the same time.”
The Youth in Emergency Preparedness Fund will support two programmes, the Youth in Emergency Services (YES) programme and the Youth in Civil Defence programme.
“The YES programme opens the door for young people to volunteer for and potentially follow a career path with emergency services such as fire, ambulance, Coastguard and search and rescue, while the Youth in Civil Defence programme is about fostering innovative ideas to encourage young people to get involved in civil defence and emergency management,” says Ms Kaye.
“Applications for funding are invited from schools, councils, youth organisations and regional civil defence and emergency management groups who identify opportunities to grow young people’s skills and enhance local communities through either or both of these programmes.
“The YES programme has been a real boost for communities which can sometimes struggle to attract emergency services volunteers, and I have seen first-hand the real pride and confidence that young people develop by acquiring valuable skills and serving their communities.
“The Youth in Civil Defence Fund has supported initiatives such as simulated emergency responses, emergency management workshops and emergency preparedness campaigns and aims to highlight exciting, innovative ways to involve young people in civil defence and emergency management.”
A panel including young people, emergency services representatives and officials from MYD and MCDEM will consider all funding applications.
“I expect this funding to pay dividends not just in terms of supporting the development of young people, but also in strengthening the safety and preparedness of communities across New Zealand,” says Ms Kaye.
More information about the Youth in Emergency Preparedness Fund is available at http://www.myd.govt.nz/funding/youth-in-emergency-preparedness-fund.html
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced $30,000 of funding towards mentoring initiatives aimed at encouraging young people to explore potential career paths, develop career-related skills and transition to successful tertiary education.
“Mentoring from a trusted advisor and confidant, who can share experiences and knowledge, can be hugely beneficial for young people to help put them on a path to success,” says Ms Kaye.
“The funding I’ve announced today will support two separate mentoring initiatives run by the Taranaki Futures Trust and Foundation First.
“The Taranaki Futures Trust works in partnership with local businesses and employers to support young people with internship experiences. The Trust will receive $15,000 to enable 100 local young people to participate in their Accelerator programme.
“This seven-week programme offers opportunities for participants to experience a range of career options, and get support from mentors to develop job-based skills that will help set them up for future success.
“First Foundation is an educational trust assisting young people who have overcome challenges or adversity to achieve academically and positively influence their communities.
“The Foundation will receive $15,000 to enable 50 young people from around New Zealand to participate in their Foundation Steps programme.
“This programme enables participants from disadvantaged backgrounds to receive support from mentors over a two-year period, with the aim of building a pathway to successful tertiary level study.”
“These investments are part of a broader suite of initiatives aimed at growing youth development opportunities in New Zealand. Over the 2017/2018 year, we want to deliver 70,000 new opportunities across the country.
“As part of my job I get to meet so many talented young people. I want more of our young people to get the chance to take part in experiences which help them realise their potential, and turn their life around or propel it in a whole new direction.”
The $280,000 Local Government Youth Partnership Fund is open for applications, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“This fund is about encouraging and supporting city, district and regional councils to partner with the Government, businesses and philanthropic and iwi partners to grow youth development opportunities,” says Ms Kaye.
The fund will be overseen by the Partnership Fund Board, set up in 2016 as part of a new direction for youth development in New Zealand.
“A focus of this new direction is working more collaboratively to deliver and grow youth development opportunities such as mentoring, volunteering and leadership opportunities,” says Ms Kaye.
“Funding of between $10,000 and $30,000 will be provided to individual councils to support collaborative initiatives, with the councils also contributing monetary or in-kind support towards the initiatives.
“I expect this funding will support the creation of more than 2,500 new youth development opportunities.
“The new fund recognises that councils have far-reaching local networks with young people, local businesses, iwi and community partners. We want to facilitate young people to access and benefit from these connections to grow their capabilities and resilience, and contribute to their communities at the same time.
“A single youth development opportunity can help turn lives around and kick-start young people along new pathways that set them up for future success.
“The Partnership Fund Board has achieved fantastic results in its first year, and this new fund provides another avenue for it to support the creation of new mentoring, volunteering and leadership opportunities.
“This month I announced that the Board has so far approved investment of over $1.2 million of Government funding, alongside partner contributions of over $3 million, and this has created around 7,000 new youth development opportunities.
“We have so many young people with tremendous potential, as well as councils across New Zealand who recognise this potential and the important role young people can play in their communities.
“It’s great to be able to support councils to reach out to local youth and build opportunities for them to become more involved, and develop their own potential at the same time.”
More information about the Local Government Youth Partnership Fund is available at www.myd.govt.nz/funding/partnership-fund.html
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has congratulated 30 highly-accomplished Māori and Pasifika student teachers who have been awarded Kupe Scholarships.
The prestigious scholarship aims to attract Māori and Pasifika high achievers to the teaching profession and support them to become inspiring teachers and role models in early childhood, primary and secondary education.
“I’m delighted by the outstanding calibre of scholars that the Kupe Scholarship encourages into a teaching career,” says Ms Kaye.
“These scholars have already demonstrated high academic achievement, leadership, and close links with their communities.
“This scholarship provides them the opportunity to make a real difference to children and young people, from early childhood education through to secondary and right across the country.”
The Kupe Scholarships fund course fees and study allowances, and offer mentoring and recruitment support after graduation.
“The scholarships are part of our drive to encourage more high calibre professionals into teaching, with a strong focus on increasing the number of Te Reo Maori speakers,” says Ms Kaye.
“I’m delighted that once again we have a wide range of scholars, from a former Manu Samoa rugby player, a grandmother who has changed careers from accountancy and the resident composer for the New Zealand Secondary School and New Zealand Youth Choirs.
“People come from a variety of backgrounds. Several of the scholars have families and credit their children with inspiring them to want to teach. Others are young men and women just starting out on their careers.”
More than 90 applications were received for the 30 available scholarships.
Alongside the funding each recipient also receives taonga keepsakes in the form of a stylised paddle ‘hoe’ or waka / vaka / va’a as a permanent recognition of their achievements.
These were presented by Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe at a special ceremony at Parliament in Wellington.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced the formal establishment of the new $11 million primary school for Halswell in Christchurch, which will now open in 2019.
“The Halswell area is experiencing rapid growth, and we’ve responded to that by bringing forward the planned date for Halswell West Primary School, to ensure children will be able to attend a local school,” says Ms Kaye.
The new school, which is part of the Christchurch Schools Rebuild programme, was originally scheduled to open in 2022.
“The Government is committed to ensuring that our school network supports communities’ needs, especially in areas where there’s sustained population growth,” says Ms Kaye.
Halswell West Primary School will be situated on the corner of Richmond Ave and Killarney Ave, near the new residential subdivision of Knights Stream Park, between Prebbleton and Oaklands.
It will cater for children from years 1 to 8 and will initially have space for 450 students, with the capacity to expand to accept up to 700.
“I’m pleased today’s announcement reflects the wishes of the local community in Halswell. A new primary school was the preferred option following community consultation,” says Ms Kaye.
“Construction of Stage One of the school will start early in 2018.
“There will be multiple stages to the build, with the second stage beginning when roll projections show that more spaces are required. Ultimately the school will be designed to accommodate 700 students.”
An Establishment Board of Trustees will be appointed to begin the process of developing the school.
“The Establishment Board of Trustees has a vital role to play,” says Ms Kaye.
“They will be responsible for appointing staff, including the principal and working with the Ministry of Education through the design and construction phases to set up the school.
“This is an incredibly exciting time for the Halswell community. The opportunities that a brand new school allows are truly eye opening when it comes to teaching practice and how students learn.
“I’ve visited some fantastic new schools right across the country to see first-hand the innovative and future focussed way staff and students are now operating.”
The funding for Halswell West Primary School is part of the $1.137 billion Christchurch School Rebuild programme, which is rebuilding or renewing 115 schools by 2022.
To date, 11 schools have been completed, 27 are under construction and 19 will start construction this year.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye has announced an increase to the maximum roll of Bethlehem College in Tauranga, and approval for the college to establish a new campus in Rotorua.
“This announcement reflects the Government’s commitment to ensure there’s both sufficient capacity where needed, as well as choice within our education network,” says Ms Kaye.
Bethlehem College is a co-ed, state-integrated school offering non-denominational Christian-based education.
As the proprietor of Bethlehem College owns and leases the property on which its school is located, the maximum roll increase was approved based on them demonstrating they have the property to support increased student numbers.
“From next year, the college will be able to provide 60 additional places for Year nine to 13 students at its Tauranga campus,” says Ms Kaye.
“Tauranga is one of our fastest-growing areas, and the Government has been investing heavily in new schools and classrooms to help meet roll growth in the city and surrounding communities.
“The additional spaces that Bethlehem College will offer from 2018 will contribute further to the enhanced capacity of the local school network.”
Bethlehem College’s new Rotorua campus will be located on the site of the current Chapman College.
“Bethlehem College will offer 120 places for Year one to eight students from its new Rotorua base from the beginning of next year,” says Ms Kaye.
Chapman College will stop providing education for Year 1-8 students from 2018. It will continue as a private school for Year 9-10 for two years, and close at the end of 2019.
“State-integrated schools such as Bethlehem College are an important part of our education system, because they offer families the choice of education with a special character that’s either religious or philosophical in nature,” says Ms Kaye.
Around 89,000 students, or around 11 per cent of the student population, are educated in state integrated schools.
“Today’s announcement means another integrated schooling pathway, linking primary and secondary schools, will be available in the Bay of Plenty area,” says Ms Kaye.
“The changes are also expected to strengthen the recently approved Waikato-Bay of Plenty Non-Denominational Christian Community of Learning.
“Communities of Learning are about increasing student achievement, through early education services, schools and tertiary providers working together to share expertise and lift the quality of teaching and learning.
“Bethlehem College is a high-performing school with above-average National Standards achievement rates, so I know there will be many families in the Tauranga and Rotorua area who will welcome today’s announcement.”
Minister of Education Nikki Kaye, today announced two appointments to the Board of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.
Neil Quigley is reappointed as member for one year, whilst Justine Munro is appointed as member for a term of two years.
“I am delighted with these appointments,” says Ms Kaye.
“Dr Quigley is Vice Chancellor of the University of Waikato. He has been on the Board since 2010 and will bring continuity in oversight of NZQA’s strategic work programme.
“Ms Munro comes from a background in law and management consulting, and is passionate about social innovation and change through new technologies.
“Both Neil and Justine will ensure the Board is well placed to provide governance oversight of NZQA in the coming year.”
New Zealand Qualifications Authority co-ordinates the majority of qualifications in schools and some tertiary education and training providers. It also works to ensure that New Zealand qualifications are recognised overseas and overseas qualifications are appropriately recognised in New Zealand.
“I would like to thank outgoing members, John Morgan and Rachael Tuwhangai, for their service and convey my appreciation for the time and energy they have given.
“They have each made a valuable contribution to the NZQA Board.”
Over 7000 new leadership, mentoring and volunteering opportunities for young people have been created as a result of investment decisions made by the Ministry of Youth Development’s Partnership Fund Board, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“In mid 2016, the Government committed funding to seed a Partnership Fund overseen by an independent board, with the aim of attracting investments from business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to help grow youth development opportunities,” says Ms Kaye.
“Since then, the Board has approved investment of over $1.2 million of Government funding, alongside partner contributions of over $3 million.
“The fund was tasked with achieving 6,000 new opportunities annually, so to achieve 7,000 in its first year is a fantastic result.
“In total, I announced 26 new partnerships in the 2016/17 year. These were located throughout New Zealand, including remote communities, and included initiatives with a sports, technology, environmental, rural and creative focus. There were also programmes aimed at supporting young people with disabilities and developing future Maori leaders.
“Many of the partnerships involve multiple partners. It’s great to see there are so many individuals and organisations out there who see the value of investing in and developing our young people.
“An important goal of the Partnership Fund is supporting young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“There are lots of young people with enormous potential living in situations where positive opportunities are limited. We want to reach out to them and provide support to transcend social barriers, and overcome issues such as family violence.
“At Waitangi last weekend, I met some outstanding young people who are part of a mentoring programme being delivered through a partnership with the Moko Foundation.
“I strongly believe that a youth development opportunity such as a mentoring relationship can turn a young person’s life around, or propel them in a whole new direction. It was amazing talking to the young people at Waitangi about the challenges they’d overcome and the positive paths they are now pursuing.
“Two nights ago, I was at Feilding High School where NZ Young Farmers hosted a prizegiving for AgriKids and TeenAg participants.
“TeenAg, which is helping to grow our future agriculture sector leaders, is another initiative supported by the Partnership Fund. It’s great to be meeting so many young people who are benefitting from these youth development opportunities.
“Often these opportunities enable young people to give something back to their community at the same time as they better themselves, such as programmes where young people learn leadership skills as they mentor other young people.
“We have so many talented young people, and it’s a privilege to see them growing and embarking on new pathways to success.
“Planning is underway for the next 12 months, with the Partnership Fund Board meeting soon to explore more potential investments.
“I’m really looking forward to what will be achieved this year, and the new partners who will work with the Government to expand the reach and breadth of youth development opportunities across New Zealand."
The latest projects are being funded in the third round of the $18 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF), which for the first time has been opened to teachers from early learning services to directly apply for funding.
“TLIF is about enabling our teachers from early learning through to secondary to try something new, something different and innovative to inspire children and young people in their learning.
“It’s also about ensuring that our teaching and learning practices are modern, relevant and future focused, taking the best from new methods being tried internationally alongside testing new Kiwi ideas.
“Teachers right across New Zealand are making the most of the new opportunities that digital technology and the opening up of traditional classroom spaces through modern learning environments allow, to engage children in learning in totally new ways.”
TLIF is focused on supporting projects that engage students who are Māori, Pasifika, have special education needs, or come from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
Round three involves teachers from 35 schools, 10 early childhood education services me nga kōhanga reo, and 19 Communities of Learning | Kahui Ako.
During a visit to the early childhood education centre A’oga Fa’a Samoa Incorporated in Auckland, Ms Kaye highlighted the use of digital technology in round three.
“I’m delighted that several of the projects are using digital technology to improve practices in teaching and learning” says Ms Kaye.
“Teachers are tapping into the technologies that children and young people use in their daily lives to make learning relevant and exciting.
“Here at A’oga Fa’a Samoa the teachers are going to be using digital technologies to support second language learning. Another TLIF project in will use the principles of gamification to engage students.
“Alongside using new technologies the projects in round three also have a strong focus on improving the transition for students both starting school and moving between years. For example, a project in Nelson will test an international programme for new entrants with high, social, emotional and behavioural needs.”
Other projects include:Using student profiles in the middle years to support improving student engagement and achievement, parent and whanau understanding and changing teacher practices. Teachers working collaboratively with students and whanau to redesign curriculum, building on students’ identity, cultures and languages to lift achievement. Using student-directed learning in science, technology engineering and maths to support boys’ writing.
“Six new projects will be led by early childhood education providers”, says Ms Kaye.
“Promoting innovation and excellence in early childhood teaching is critical, given the clear link between high quality early learning and positive education outcomes in later life.”
“All of these new and exciting teacher-led innovation projects are part of our commitment to make excellent teaching common practice in every school and service in New Zealand.”
TLIF is part of the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative to increase collaboration among teachers and schools to raise achievement for students. Today’s announcement adds to the 85 projects that have already been funded through TLIF.
The next funding round opens in November 2017.