High performing low decile schools

The Herald reports:

The secrets of some of the highest-performing lower decile schools have been unlocked in an attempt to address one of the biggest problems in New Zealand .

Seven schools that draw their students from relatively poor areas have been visited by the Education Review Office (ERO), in an effort to find out what they are doing well. …

A study of high-performing lower decile schools cited numerous reasons for their success. Here are some of them.

Trident High School, Whakatane, decile 5:

Induction for new staff includes a trip from Ruatoki to Whakatane, hosted at several marae en route. This enables staff to fully appreciate where many of the students come from.

Mt Roskill Grammar School, Auckland, decile 4:

Staff are encouraged to trial and use new practices, including “flipped classrooms” – where teachers use videos to pre-teach ideas before class, then use lessons for collaborative work and individual tutoring.

Otaki College, Kapiti, decile 4:

Phone calls from parents are returned with urgency, and responses to situations are rapid and often involve the community beyond the college.

Naenae College, Lower Hutt, decile 2:

Timetable changes include a 100 minute period every day – which means staff can be more flexible in teaching, and work more with students one-on-one.

Gisborne Boys’ High School, decile 3:

A Tu Tane programme helps boys develop with a strong sense of themselves and their place in the community. Based around celebrating manhood, it is run with support from Gisborne Police.

McAuley High School, Otahuhu, South Auckland, decile 1:

Considerable sums are raised to pay for uniforms, trips and lunches so girls from the most disadvantaged backgrounds can participate in school on an equal footing.

Opotiki College, decile 1:

A morning tea group of students identified as at-risk makes it more likely they will attend school, and is a time for staff to mentor them.

There’s nothing as good as sharing success – which is why the Government’s plans to pay the best teachers and principals more to share their success is an excellent idea.

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