Living Way Christian School - 19/06/2014

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Living Way Learning Centre meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

1. Background

The Chief Review Officer has a statutory duty to report on the performance of private schools throughout New Zealand.

ERO reviews of private schools are significantly different in process and more limited in scope and reporting than those for state and state-integrated schools, focusing as they do on the Criteria for Registration set out in section 35C of the Education Act.

Section 35I of the Education Act 1989 requires the Education Review Office (ERO) to review private schools and to report to the Ministry of Education on whether each school continues to meet the criteria for registration. The schools are privately owned and the legislative requirements are significantly different to those for state and state-integrated schools. Private schools are not required to follow the National Education Goals or National Administration Guidelines.

What does apply in place of the legislation imposed upon state schools by the Education Act is the contract between the persons paying for the tuition of the child at the school – the parents – and the school authority. Those are matters between the parent and the school’s governing body. More information about ERO reviews of private schools can be found on ERO’s website.

The criteria for registration are that the school —

  1. has premises that are suitable, as described in section 35D; and
  2. usually provides tuition for 9 or more students who are of or over the age of 5 years but are under the age of 16 years; and
  3. has staffing that is suitable to the age range and level of its students, the curriculum taught at the school, and the size of the school; and
  4. has equipment that is suitable for the curriculum being delivered or to be delivered at the school; and
  5. has a curriculum for teaching, learning, and assessment and makes details of the curriculum and its programme for delivery available for parents; and
  6. has suitable tuition standards, as described in section 35F; and
  7. has managers who are fit and proper persons (as described in section 35G) to be managers of a private school.

Living Way Learning Centre is a small private school situated in Wellsford, in the Rodney District, north of Auckland. The school provides a Bible-based education for 18 children from Years 1 to 13. The principal works in partnership with parents to provide students with the type of education that their parents want for them.

2. Criteria for Registration

The curriculum is suitable. It is largely consistent with that described to parents by the school. Parents are invited to meet regularly to plan the programme for the school term. Each week, many students spend one or two days at home, where they continue to work under the guidance and supervision of their parents.

The junior curriculum is based in part on the Interact Programme as well as on aspects of the Accelerated Christian Education programmes (ACE). The Interact programme is a Biblically-based and integrated programme of learning for students in Years 1 to 8 in the subjects of devotions, science, social science, health and English. Students with special learning needs and abilities are well catered for within the curriculum framework.

The senior curriculum is based on the ACE programme and is supplemented by courses from Te Kura, the Correspondence School. Senior students are able to choose courses that are relevant and of interest to them. They can gain University Entrance through their studies at the school.

The school has suitable standards of tuition. Students engage in their set tasks, enjoy positive relationships with peers and teachers, and speak with confidence. Comprehensive records of student achievement and progress are maintained. Parents receive regular reports on students’ progress with the ACE programme and their work attitudes. These are recorded in a notebook that is used both at home and at school.

The principal, a fully registered and experienced teacher, is responsible for the tuition of all students. An additional staff member is employed to monitor students’ work and to provide some learning support. Both staff members are trained and experienced in supporting students through the ACE programme. Volunteers from the school community work with groups and individual students from time to time.

The school provides suitable learning environments. The premises are spacious and satisfactorily maintained. Most students work in the main classroom, but two additional rooms enable groups of students to be withdrawn for group activities or to work independently. An adjacent building is used for storage and for students to work on projects. There is sufficient equipment to enable students to complete the tasks required by the curriculum.

Staff take part in professional development on the ACE programme. The principal also participates in professional discussions with staff from similar schools and from local schools. His performance appraisal is based on the registered teacher criteria.

Informal self review and regular reflection by the staff contribute to the school’s strategic planning goals. Policies are reviewed on a regular cycle.

The school’s managers have attested that they comply with the provisions of section 35G in respect to their being fit and proper persons to manage the school.

3. Other Statutory Obligations

The school has good systems in place for its managing body to be assured that its other statutory obligations are met.

4. Conclusion

On the basis of the information obtained during the review, ERO considers that Living Way Learning Centre meets the criteria for registration as a private school set out in the Education Act 1989.

Dale Bailey

National Manager Review Services

Northern Region

19 June 2014

About the School

Location

Wellsford, Rodney District

Ministry of Education profile number

1132

School type

Private Composite (Years 1 to 15)

School roll

18

Gender composition

Girls 11

Boys 7

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

18

Review team on site

May 2014

Date of this report

19 June 2014

Most recent ERO report(s)

Private School Review

Private School Review

Private School Review

November 2010

September 2007

July 2004