Year 9 Plus launches in Gisborne region

Gisborne news
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Local MP Anne Tolley says around 100 Gisborne students will receive extra support from an education champion as part of Year 9 Plus.

The new initiative was launched today by Education Minister Hekia Parata and will address barriers to education, both in and outside of school, help young people stay in school and support extra-curricular activities.

“We know that intervening early has the most significant impact, which is why it’s important we work with at-risk students from the beginning of high school and support them through their secondary education,” Mrs Tolley says.

“The $2.2 million initiative will work with students from Wairoa to Hicks Bay and will help show students the value of education and the opportunities it brings.

“Education champions will work with students, their families, the school, community organisations and government agencies to ensure they are well supported to stay in school and make the most of the opportunities it brings.

“There are currently 7 champions working across the region, all of whom have experience working with young people.

“This is fantastic news for students across the Gisborne region who might need a little extra support to help them engage and succeed in their schooling.”