Charter school successes

Three charter schools (the ACT Party calls them partnership schools) have received positive reports from the Education Review Office.

Radio NZ: ERO reports on three charter schools

Three new charter schools have made a good start, according to the Education Review Office.

The reports covered two of the publicly-funded private schools in Auckland, Te Kura Māori o Waatea and Pacific Advance Senior School, and one in Whangarei, Te Kāpehu Whetū -Teina.

The reviews were generally positive, but identified problems such as the need to increase enrolments or develop curriculums.

If they are succeeding in what they are doing then they should be able to increase their rolls.

“A good start has been made in determining children’s foundation knowledge in maths, reading and writing. The challenge for teachers is to ensure that strategies to support learners to make age-appropriate progress or better are in place.”

“Students at Te Kura Māori o Waatea are benefiting from focused and purposeful teaching that supports them and their whānau to engage in learning. Effective leadership and shared commitment from the adults on site are helping to make the sponsor’s vision come to life. ”

“Most of these students had been out of school for at least half a year prior to coming here. The ongoing challenge for staff is to accelerate formal student achievement.”

That last comment highlights one of the main points about these schools – they aim to cater for young people who had been failing under the main state run education system.

If the succeed in getting students on track to better future prospects and divert them from paths to failure then they will have been a success.

I wonder if more alternatives for younger children who struggle in the existing state system would help.