East Coast schools funded to trial innovative teaching approach

Gisborne news
Monday, July 6, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley says she is excited to see the results of the Manutuke School project over the next year, which has received $ 48,720 as part of a $10 million fund to encourage innovative teaching practices.

“I am thrilled to see East Coast education providers and local te reo speakers working together for the benefit our local children” Mrs Tolley said.

“The project aims to improve teachers’ and children’s ability to speak and understand te reo Māori. Waikirikiri School, Wairoa Primary School and Hatea-A-Rangi are partner schools in the project, meaning many children from the East Coast will have the opportunity to improve their te reo Maori.

“The project is one of 39 selected in the first round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund – part of National’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative.  The initiative aims to encourage collaboration between schools and lift teaching practice.”

This current funding round is committing about $2.6 million of the $10 million fund.  The next funding round will open in November. 

“These projects will trial new ways of doing things, and undertake important research.  This government is focused on raising achievement for all students, and where these projects are successful, other schools will be able to learn from the successes,” Mrs Tolley 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