Paviour-Smith has been the board chair at Wadestown School for a decade, and has sat on the board for 12 years.
The board of the decile 10 school had successfully managed property, and fought to maintain the character of the school, which included single-cell classrooms – as opposed to modern learning environments.
According to him, the regional education hub model – as proposed by the Tomorrow’s Schools review taskforce – would be “complete disaster and complete overkill”.
“The gap between the best and the worst is not going to be able to be fixed by a one-hat-fits-all approach.”
Getting the right resources and expertise to the schools that needed it would help fix the problem, he said, adding that further attention needed to be paid to improving teacher quality and teacher training.
“Our teachers are the ones that drive the outcomes … They need to be well-paid and valued, rather than looking at school governance.”
He was not convinced the proposed overhaul would benefit the 85 percent of schools and the majority of students, who were performing well.
It’s real lowest common denominator stuff,