The work of schools and early learning services supporting children with additional learning needs will be celebrated as part of the 2018 Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards, says Education Minister Nikki Kaye.
“I’m delighted to announce that entries for the Awards open on Monday 11 September,” says Ms Kaye.
“I’m also really pleased to say that the 2018 Education Focus Prize, Takatū Prize, will celebrate outstanding inclusive practices that enable all children and young people with additional learning needs to succeed.”
Now in their fifth year, the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards are about recognising and celebrating the fantastic work being done in schools and early learning services across the country to support children and young people to achieve their very best.
“The entries over the past four years have shown what a big difference excellent teachers, principals, boards of trustees and others have, not only on the children and young people in their classrooms but also on the wider community,” says Ms Kaye.
The awards cover early childhood education, primary and secondary schooling, as well as Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.
The four main categories are:Excellence in Engaging – Atahāpara Award: This award celebrates working together as a community to transform relationships and achievement, leading to improved and sustained outcomes for all children and young people. Excellence in Leading – Atakura Award: This award celebrates leadership and influence that have strengthened professional capability and created a change in conditions, leading to improved and sustained outcomes for all children and young people. Excellence in Teaching and Learning – Atatū Award: This award celebrates teaching that transforms the learning of all children and young people, and achieves improved and sustained outcomes for them all. Excellence in Governing – Awatea Award: This award celebrates governance and management that create the conditions for leading and teaching that improve and sustain outcomes for all children and young people.
The winning entry in each category receives $20,000 and a professional development opportunity. The four category winners will be eligible for the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award, which will go to the partnership or group that has had the most impact on raising student achievement. The winner of the Supreme Award receives an additional $30,000.
A further prize is awarded each year focusing on a different part of the education system, with the 2018 Education Focus Prize, Takatū Prize, celebrating outstanding, inclusive practices that enable all children and young people with additional learning needs to succeed.
“I know there is great work taking place across New Zealand in all the areas covered by these awards,” says Ms Kaye.
“The finalists and winners of these awards come from a wide range of communities and from across the education system. Previous winners include a Kōhanga Reo, Puna Reo, kindergarten, early childhood education centres, primary, intermediate and secondary schools, a teen parenting unit, a health school and a trades academy.
“This year we have made it easier to be considered for multiple categories and I really hope that everyone will consider giving it a go, and put in an entry for the 2018 awards.
“I’d like all parents, board members, teachers, principals and students to suggest to their school or early learning service that this is their year to enter.
“We have so many positive stories to tell across education and this is just one of the ways of celebrating the immense dedication, determination and excellence of those involved in education.”
Entries open on Monday 11 September 2017 and close on Friday 23 March 2018. Entry forms and information will be available at pmawards.education.govt.nz
Finalists will be announced in May 2018 and a national awards ceremony will be held in Christchurch in June.
Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today that applications have opened for Youth Fund 2018.
“Youth Fund supports community initiatives that are designed and led by young people, or youth organisations working in partnership with young people,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is about building the capabilities and resilience of our young people, and supporting them to develop new skills through volunteering, mentoring and leadership opportunities.
“At the same time, it’s also about enabling young people to get more involved with their local community, so they feel more connected and have an opportunity to give something back to their community.”
A total of $200,000 will be available in 2018, and applications can be made for amounts between $2,000 and $7000.
“Young people make up the panel which assesses applications, so this is very much a youth-led initiative,” says Ms Kaye.
“Recipients of funding from last year’s Youth Fund came up with a diverse range of community-focused projects. These saw young people involved in learning more about the democratic process, supporting siblings of people with disabilities, providing hospice care, delivering artistic productions and cultivating a community vegetable garden.
“We have so many young people with great ideas and a great sense of community spirit, and it’s always heartening to see the initiatives they come up with.
“I’m sure the applicants for funding in 2018 will have some fantastic projects they’re keen to turn into reality, so I encourage all young people aged from 12 to 24 to apply.”
Applications for Youth Fund 2018 close at 2pm on Friday 29 September 2017.
More information is available here.
The Government is committing more than $50 million to the full redevelopment of Whangarei Boys’ High School, in one of the largest-ever single investments in a New Zealand school.
“The rebuild will see all existing teaching spaces either refurbished or replaced entirely, and the number of classrooms will be increased to accommodate a growing roll,” Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.
“This will equip the school with outstanding modern facilities, ensuring the students who come here will benefit not only from quality teaching but also a quality learning environment.
“The Ministry of Education has been working with Whangarei Boys’ High School for the last two years on this project, and Cabinet approved funding for the redevelopment last month.
“This is great news for the school and local communities, with Whangarei Boys’ High School catering for students from Whangarei and surrounding areas.”
Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe says the school has faced considerable challenges due to ageing buildings and weather-tightness issues, making this one of the most complex school redevelopments in New Zealand.
“The redevelopment will likely be delivered as a Public Private Partnership (PPP), alongside Scott Point Primary (Auckland), the co-location of Marlborough Boys’ and Marlborough Girls’ Colleges and Pukekohe Belmont Primary,” Mr Macindoe says.
“PPPs can provide significant cost savings and efficiency gains, and these projects could benefit from such a model, should we choose to proceed this way.
“In 2013, the Government committed to redeveloping 30 schools with the most complex infrastructure issues. Today’s announcement represents the 36th school to be redeveloped, with over $700 million invested so far.
“A total of 37 new schools have also been approved or built since 2013.”
The Whangarei Boys’ High redevelopment is expected to commence in 2019 and be complete by 2022.
At our campaign launch last weekend, we announced National’s education plan to back young New Zealander’s and empower parents, teachers and schools.
It was more than just words.
A National-led Government will invest $379 million to provide our school students with stronger maths, technology and languages skills, as well as updating National Standards to give parents and teachers better information about how students are performing and where they need more support
So, what are we doing?
First, we’ll provide every primary school student the opportunity to learn a second language.
If we want our children to succeed on the world stage, they need to be good cross-cultural communicators.
That is why National will invest $160 million over four years to provide schools and Communities of Learning with more expert language teachers, language specialists and online resources.
Second, we’re committing to improve the maths skills of primary school students by investing an extra $126 million over four years. Maths is a fundamental subject that gives children vital problem solving skills for life.
We’ve set an ambitious target of having 80 per cent of 13 year olds at or above National Standards in maths by 2021, and we’ll give our children and their teachers the tools they need to succeed.
We will directly invest in our teachers by providing 1200 fully funded places a year for teachers wanting to undertake university-level papers targeted at teaching maths to primary students. We’ll also provide intensive support in the classroom to students who need it, in 1000 schools per year that need it the most.
Third, we want support young New Zealanders to succeed in the digital world and will invest $48 million over four years to introduce exciting new digital learning opportunities for senior students.
We’re introducing Digital Academies and Digital Internships for year senior students to give them practical, work-based learning opportunities with leading IT and digital companies.
These opportunities will be a springboard for students who want to pursue a career in this growing sector – building a direct pathway between skills gained in the classroom and jobs in the growing IT industry.
Finally, we’re empowering parents, teachers and schools by investing an extra $45 million to revamp the National Standards to provide more detailed information about how our kids are progressing right throughout the year.
The current reporting system only gives a snapshot of how a child is performing. The new National Standards Plus will provide more information throughout the year about how our kids are progressing at a much more granular level – information that can be accessed online by children and their parents.
By moving reporting online, we’re helping teachers by streamlining paperwork and reducing workloads, meaning they can spend more time with students.
The new system will also help teachers to further tailor their classes by delivering faster, more detailed information about where their children are succeeding and where they might need more attention.
Every part of National’s education package is about investing in and embracing the future of our children.
We’re empowering parents, teachers and schools, providing work-based opportunities in new digital industries, and equipping our kids with the skills they need to succeed in a more digital and internationally connected world.
I’m proud to be the Minister for Education in a government committed to securing, embracing and investing in New Zealand’s future.
Around $3 million will be invested to build six new classrooms at Te Kura Kaupapa o Ngā Uri a Māui in Gisborne, Education Minister Nikki Kaye and Associate Education Minister Tim Macindoe announced today.
Minister Kaye visited the kura this morning with East Coast MP Anne Tolley to share the good news.
“Te Kura Kaupapa o Ngā Uri a Māui was originally established in 1999 as a kura for years one to eight, and was Gisborne’s first Te Reo total immersion school,” says Ms Kaye.
“In 2013, it was redeveloped as a Year one to 13 wharekura, supporting a local pathway for total immersion delivery of the curriculum.
“The kura has been experiencing significant roll growth, which shows the popularity of kura kaupapa education in the Gisborne region.
“I know the new classrooms announced today will be a welcome addition, and will provide the extra capacity the kura needs as it goes from strength to strength.”
Mr Macindoe says the new classrooms will take the total number of teaching spaces at the kura from 13 to 19.
“Today’s announcement is part of a second phase of investments in roll growth classrooms as part of Budget 2017,” says Mr Macindoe.
“We’re committed to building new classrooms in areas where there’s ongoing growth and where schools have a long-term need for extra capacity.
“Budget 2017 provides a total of $456.5 million for school property, which will deliver six new schools, two school expansions, 11 new special education satellite units and around 305 new classrooms nationwide.
“This is part of a record $5 billion investment by this Government since 2008, aimed at modernising and expanding our schools.”
Education Minister Nikki Kaye says a ceremony today has marked the official opening of Rototuna Senior High School in Hamilton.
The Prime Minister, the Right Hon Bill English, attended the opening ceremony this morning, along with Ms Kaye, Minister Paul Goldsmith, and Ministers David Bennett and Tim Macindoe (as local MPs).
“This fantastic new school, which represents an investment of around $40 million, features a range of flexible learning spaces, performing arts studios, a learning resource centre and special education satellite unit,” says Ms Kaye.
“Rototuna Senior High School is initially catering for Year 11 students, but will grow to a full Year 11 to 13 senior high school in 2019.
“It shares a site and some facilities, including technology areas, visual arts studios, music suites and recording studios, with Rototuna Junior High School, which opened in 2016.
“I’d like to thank the senior school’s founding principal, Natasha Hemara, and the Establishment Board of Trustees led by Megan Campbell, for all their hard work helping to create this state-of-the-art new school.
“With its excellent facilities and vision of ‘Connect, Inspire and Soar’, Rototuna Senior High School will deliver a fantastic learning environment for local students.
“The school is located in the greenfield development area of Rototuna, which is a fast-growing area. To reflect this, master planning for both the junior and senior high schools allows for expansion to accommodate future growth.
“Also on-site and part of the official opening today is the $9.2 million Rototuna Community Recreation Centre, a four-court complex funded jointly by the Ministry of Education and Hamilton City Council.
“This is about recognising the important place schools have in the community, and identifying ways to work together to maximise the benefit of facilities for the whole community.
“I’d like to acknowledge Mayor Andrew King and the Hamilton City Council for their collaborative approach, as well as the financial contribution the Council has made to the Recreation Centre, which will cater to a range of indoor sports such as volleyball, basketball, netball, futsal and badminton.
“Since the investment in Rototuna Senior High School was approved under Budget 2015, the Government has continued to invest in school infrastructure in the Waikato region.
“Over the last two years, we’ve invested over $38 million for various projects, including building new classrooms to meet roll growth, extending Endeavour Primary School and establishing the new Sylvester Primary School.
“This is part of this Government’s record investment of over $5 billion towards upgrading and expanding our schools nationwide.”
National will roll out a suite of technology, maths and language initiatives in schools to ensure our young people have the skills to succeed in a more digital and internationally connected world.
“We want to help our children develop skills that will help them succeed over their lifetimes, both in New Zealand and around the world,” Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.
“National will establish Digital Internships and Digital Academies, to give year 12 and 13 students practical, work-based learning opportunities that are a springboard into the IT sector.
“Digital academies will be similar to Trades Academies, and offer specialised, IT-focused learning which also allows 1000 students a year to gain relevant NCEA credits.
“Digital internships will see work placements, mentoring and tailored learning provided by industry partners for 500 year 12 and 13 students a year, building a pathway between skills gained in the classroom and jobs in the IT industry.”
The digital learning package is expected to cost $48 million over four years.
National will invest a further $126 million over four years to improve student achievement in maths at primary school, which has been highlighted by National Standards as an area where New Zealand needs to improve.
“We’ve set an ambitious target of having 80 per cent of 13 year olds at or above National Standards in maths by 2021, and we’ll give our children and their teachers the tools they need to succeed,” Ms Kaye says.
“We know some teachers lack confidence in maths, which affects their ability to pass these skills on to our children, so we will invest in them, by providing 1200 fully funded places a year for teachers wanting to undertake university-level papers targeted at teaching maths to primary students.
“We will also provide intensive support in the classroom to students who need it, in 1000 schools per year that have identified maths as a particular issue. And we will roll out more classroom resources such as apps to all schools to help raise achievement in primary schools.
Finally, National will ensure all children have the opportunity to learn a second language at primary school, if they choose to.
“National will invest $160 million over four years to provide schools and Communities of Learning with more expert language teachers, language specialists and online resources.
“At least 10 priority languages for the programme will be set following consultation with communities, with Mandarin, French, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean likely to be included, along with Te Reo and New Zealand Sign Language.
“It will be up to school boards to decide which languages will be taught in each school, but they will be required to offer at least one second language to their students.
“National’s education policy is about supporting students to develop skills that will help them succeed both on our shores and beyond,” Ms Kaye says.
A National Government will invest $45 million to revamp National Standards so children, parents and teachers can track their progress throughout the year in key learning areas.
“National Standards has been hugely successful in keeping parents informed about how their kids are doing at school, but we can do more to ensure they are better able to participate in their child’s learning,” Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says.
“It currently gives a snapshot of how a child is performing, with children given a broad ‘below’, ‘meets’ or ‘above’ rating.
“The new National Standards Plus will provide more information throughout the year about how our kids are progressing at a much more granular level – information that can be accessed immediately online by children and their parents. It will build on tools already used in hundreds of schools.
“National Standards Plus will allow parents to track their child’s progress as it happens, in much more detail. So although a child may stay within a particular rating across a number of years, parents will be able to see whether their child is catching up or falling behind.
“Families will benefit from more regular updates on how their child is progressing against a longer and more detailed list of key learning areas beyond just the core competencies.
“By moving reporting online, National Standards Plus will help teachers by streamlining paperwork and reducing workloads.
“The new system will also help teachers to further tailor learning by delivering faster, more detailed information about where a child is succeeding and where they might have room for improvement.”
National Standards Plus will initially be rolled out to reading, writing, and maths in 2019, but will be extended to digital technology and wellbeing measures over time.
“We will work with the education sector to develop and build tools to enable National Standards Plus,” Ms Kaye says.
“It will help families to be more active in their child’s learning, while also enabling teachers to tailor their teaching to individual students.”
The new funding is made up of a $25 million one-off investment in systems to deliver National Standards Plus, plus $20 million of ongoing funding over four years.
The Government has made a decision to shift towards a system that measures student progress, alongside National Standards / Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori, to help ensure every student gets the support they need to achieve, Education Minister Nikki Kaye says.
“Monitoring student progress gives teachers more data on which to tailor learning plans for their students – and we want to roll this out to all primary schools and kura,” Ms Kaye says.
“Measuring progression means teachers will be able to see how far children have come in the specific learning areas that make up National Standards.
“The changes agreed by Cabinet will see teachers able to track progress during the school year as students continue to learn and master new skills.
“Measuring progression will help build on the gains already being made in student achievement.
“We have a good record on lifting achievement overall. We have done this by funding for more children to participate in early learning, introducing national standards, implementing Communities of Learning and investing more to support young people at risk of not achieving. Progression is another step in our plan.
“The change also reflects the education sector’s observation that we don’t adequately show a student’s progress over time, particularly for students who may be below the standard, and this will help address that.”
To support teachers the Ministry of Education has developed progress tools, such as Learning Progression Frameworks, the Progress and Consistency Tool and Whakatupuranga, that help show how children are doing and how they can progress. These have been developed in a number of areas including reading, writing, maths and digital technologies.
The Government wants to roll out tools like these to all primary schools and kura as evidence shows they deliver real benefits for teachers and kaiako, by streamlining paperwork and reducing their reporting workload.
“Practical details of this change will be worked through with the sector before it is fully implemented, but we intend for it to be rolled out within three years,” says Ms Kaye.
“We will be holding an education summit later this year to work with academics, the education sector and international specialists to ensure the design of the new system is evidence based.”
A new partnership to help young people showcase their skills and competencies to prospective employers and others was announced today by Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.
“Many of our young people have participated in leadership, mentoring and volunteering activities and we want them to be able to demonstrate this, and other achievements, through an online social record,” says Ms Kaye.
The new social record platform is the result of a partnership between the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) and YouthHub, an existing digital platform that enables young people to curate their journey through formal and informal learning experiences towards employment.
“As well as prospective employers, the social record site will enable young people to interact and share achievements, information and ideas with a wide audience, including peers, volunteer organisations, schools, education providers and youth workers, who can all have a presence on the site,” says Ms Kaye.
“This is about bringing together, in one place, individuals and organisations that can play key roles in furthering youth development, and enabling young people to make connections to chart potential new paths to success.
“The site enables young people to build an online profile and CV which they can enhance at any time with information, photos and videos. They can also record their activities and skills, seek references, learn about new opportunities and apply for training or jobs.
“We want to help grow skilled, informed and engaged young people, and provide a level playing field that offers equal opportunities to succeed to all.”
Work is also underway on the development of an app to access the social record.
“When MYD’s new direction was decided in late 2015, I signalled the importance of recognising youth participation in leadership, mentoring and volunteering opportunities through a social record. The partnership between MYD and YouthHub is about delivering on this vision,” says Ms Kaye.
“Significant testing has been carried out on the YouthHub platform by both the organisation itself and the Government, and we’re confident it offers a safe and secure way for young people, youth organisations and businesses to engage.
“A benefit of using the YouthHub platform is that we get to leverage an existing site, which already has significant connections and an integrated approach, focused on reducing silos and avoiding duplication.”
So far, 2,600 young people, 50 schools, 150 businesses, 120 teachers, 100 youth service organisations and 60 tertiary institutions already use the YouthHub platform.
“I encourage all young people and others interested in supporting their development to join the site,” says Ms Kaye.
“This has the potential to be the number one way in which young people promote themselves and their capabilities, and acquire the information and forge the connections to help them grow and succeed.”
View the social record platform here