School decile system to be replaced

Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today that the Government will replace the school decile based funding system with a ‘Risk Index’. They say that no school will get less funding, but some will get more.

I hope it doesn’t just replace one system of bureaucracy with another.

Time will tell whether this planned change will survive past the election if a new Government comes into power.

Improved funding for children at risk of not achieving

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.

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1 News:  Teachers union wants schools ‘underfunding’ dealt with as decile system scrapped

The primary teachers union says it’s big concern is underfunding for schools following the Government’s announcement that the controversial decile system will be replaced with a new rating system for funding.

The unions are largely welcoming the idea, but worry about the funding.

“Our big concern is obviously the underfunding that we have currently in the system. And that’s what we really want to see addressed,” said Lynda Stuart, NZEI president.


Nikki Kaye on changing the flag

National MP and Minister Nikki Kaye has posted on changing the flag on Facebook:

Here are my personal views on changing the NZ Flag. Over the last few months I have been doing my regular constituency meetings and morning teas in Auckland central inviting people to come and meet me and tell me their views as their local MP. Since I have been in Parliament I have held these morning teas but I have been particularly interested by the discussion and conversation that has happened on changing our Flag.

A few observations that I have made. Firstly a lot of people don’t know that the current Flag was not our first flag and how it originally came about. Here is the history

Secondly, a lot of people have not appreciated the significance of the referendum that this will be our first chance as a country by a vote of our people to either endorse the current Flag or choose change.

Thirdly a number of people raise the cost of the referendum. When I have asked the question what would be the alternative process to holding a referendum, few people seem to support politicians having the decision instead of a vote 😊

Some people say they don’t think it’s the right time and when you dig a bit deeper some people just say they don’t feel confident or comfortable talking about nationhood or pride in NZ.

I personally don’t think we should be afraid of the conversation and giving people a vote on this. I grew up in Auckland, I have lived overseas but I am a Kiwi and very proud to be one because of what I believe are the strong values of our country. I don’t feel much for the current flag in part because it just doesn’t feel very unique and particularly Kiwi to me. I also don’t personally believe it is doing a disservice to my grandfather who fought in World War ll or other people who have served or are currently serving our country to want change. Lots of people I have met have confused it with the Australian Flag. That is an issue I have been in other countries and foreign politicians have made that mistake.

For me it is not about just changing the Flag but it could be an opportunity to be clearer about a symbol that better represents who we are and what we stand for. More than 100 years on I believe we are a more modern, diverse, inclusive, democratic, outward looking and confident nation. I am likely to vote for change and vote for that.…/the-nz-flag-your-…/gallery/design/2166