Tolley thrilled more local schools are working together for kids

Whakatane news
Friday, August 14, 2015

East Coast MP Anne Tolley has welcomed the news that 14 Eastern Bay of Plenty schools will become part of two new Communities of Schools aimed at raising educational achievement among students.

There are now six local schools forming the Waiotahe Community of Schools and eight local schools that are part of Rangitikei Community of Schools. Together, the two new Communities of Schools will include over 3,000 children.

The Waiotahe Community of Schools consists of Waiotahe Valley School, Opotiki School, Omarumutu School, Opotiki College, Woodlands School (Opotiki) and Ashbrook School.

The Rangitikei Community of Schools includes Edgecombe College, Awakeri Schools, Matata School, Otakiri School, Te Kura o Te Teko, Tarawera High School and Kawerau South School and St Joseph’s Catholic School (Matata).

“This means local students will benefit from shared teaching practices and expertise, with teachers working alongside each other on goals to help improve educational outcomes in our classrooms,” Mrs Tolley said.

“I’m proud our schools realise that together they can achieve even more for our local kids.”

These schools add to the existing Communities of Schools already participating in the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative, including the Whakatane Community of Schools announced earlier this year.  There are now 42 communities working with more than 330 schools.

These communities aim to lift achievement in Kiwi schools by helping schools share their strongest resources – their best teachers and principals.

“Evidence suggest that quality of education and school leadership are the two most important factors in a child’s education, so we are supporting those areas.

“We want to see greater collaboration among schools, improved transition through the education system for children, and better career pathways for early childhood and primary teachers.

“National is focussed on improving education and achievement in our schools so all kids have the best learning opportunities and go on to live successful lives,” Mrs Tolley said.