Oranga School - 15/05/2015

Findings

Oranga School’s inclusive environment supports student wellbeing and achievement. Student success is celebrated across a wide range of areas. Senior leaders and the board work collaboratively to promote developments that impact positively on student outcomes. The school is well positioned to increase student achievement and develop student-led approaches to teaching and learning.

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

1. Context

What are the important features of this school that have an impact on student learning?

Oranga School in One Tree Hill, Auckland, was established in 1949 on spacious, park-like grounds. It has a history of being a well-functioning school. The majority of students are in Years 1 to 3. The school is led by an experienced principal, deputy principal and newly appointed assistant principal. Senior leaders and the board work collaboratively to promote ongoing school developments that lead to positive student outcomes.

A feature of the school is its diverse community. Fifty per cent of the students identify as Pacific, 25 percent identify as New Zealand European and nine percent as Māori. The board, senior leaders and staff embrace the multicultural strengths of the school through an inclusive learning environment. Respectful relationships underpin learning, and students and their families are valued. Senior leaders share a commitment to continuing to grow understandings of a bicultural curriculum within the school.

2. Learning

How well does this school use achievement information to make positive changes to learners’ engagement, progress and achievement?

The board and senior leaders make good use of achievement information to inform the future school direction. This is contributing to an increasing school-wide emphasis on raising student achievement and accelerating progress for target students.

Staff professional development in reading, writing and maths over the last three years has led to a review of school-wide systems and processes for gathering and using data. This has enabled senior leaders to establish consistent school-wide assessment practices and has provided the school with robust baseline data in 2014 for measuring student progress over time.

Information about overall student achievement against the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics is comparable to that of the local cluster of schools that are of a similar type to Oranga. Reading results for Māori students are similar to that of other students in the school. In writing, Māori students are achieving higher than non-Māori students.

Increasing confidence in the reliability of recent achievement data is enabling senior leaders to implement appropriately targeted plans to raise student achievement. The principal has begun to undertake deeper analysis and evaluation of the impact of planned actions. Consequently, the school is becoming better placed to identify school-wide trends and patterns of progress and achievement over time to inform future planning decisions. Senior leaders are aware that achievement for Pacific students is an area that requires further targeted action.

Teachers have improved their understanding and use of data to identify and support students and groups at risk of not achieving well. They share and compare data and make judgements about student achievement. They participate in work to build their reflective practice across the school. Senior leaders and teachers continue to develop these good beginnings to further enhance student achievement.

Teachers report to parents about their children’s progress in relation to the National Standards. They are continuing to progress work to:

  • increase students’ capability to self manage and lead discussions about their learning
  • strengthen learning partnerships with parents.

Student attendance is regularly monitored and reported to the board. There are good systems and processes in place to improve students’ attendance and to provide appropriate support where needed.

3. Curriculum

How effectively does this school’s curriculum promote and support student learning?

The curriculum is effectively promoting and supporting student learning.

Oranga School’s values are captured as 'E=4C' representing 'Excellence = caring, creative, critical, connected life-long learners.' These values underpin school practice and are modelled by leaders, staff and students. Teachers reinforce school values by celebrating the many ways that students and staff demonstrate success and achievement through them.

An inclusive, settled school environment supports student wellbeing. Students have a clear understanding of school expectations for learning and show a strong sense of pride and belonging in their school. Students see their classmates in the onsite satellite unit for Carlson Special School as important members of their school community.

There is a commitment amongst leaders, trustees and staff to ensure that children’s pastoral and learning needs are well met. The school provides a range of programmes and initiatives to support students with special learning needs. These initiatives are now reviewed to evaluate their impact on students' learning and progress.

Ongoing curriculum review is improving the school’s focus on increasing student-led and inquiry-based learning through provision of an integrated curriculum. The school’s curriculum aligns well with school policies and provides clear expectations and guidelines for teachers.

Teachers incorporate formative assessment strategies and thinking tools into classroom practice. These strategies and tools are helping students to have a clearer understanding of their learning. Planned teacher professional development focusing on learning with digital technologies, positive behaviour for learning and Enviro-schools should further enrich the school’s curriculum.

Senior leaders agree that they should continue to strengthen the intent of the school’s Māori and Pacific action plans through purposeful consultation with families and through the evaluation of progress against action plan goals. The school should also ensure that its curriculum documentation reflects the school’s multiethnic community, local environment and history.

How effectively does the school promote educational success for Māori, as Māori?

The school has 26 Māori students. Over that last three years the school has had variable success in engaging whānau to promote educational success for Māori as Māori. Senior leaders and ERO agree that this is an area that requires further development.

There is a school-wide expectation that teachers should integrate Māori culture and language meaningfully through learning programmes. Teachers are building their capability in basic te reo Māori. The board contributes towards funding a te reo Māori teacher who also supports teachers to include bicultural perspectives in their class programmes.

4. Sustainable Performance

How well placed is the school to sustain and improve its performance?

The school is well placed to sustain and improve its performance.

Senior leaders and trustees take a strategic approach to improvement and provide very effective leadership and governance. Trustees have a sound knowledge of their role. They seek further advice and clarification from leaders and external agencies to ensure that they are being good governors. The board is well informed by school leaders and engages collaboratively with staff and parents.

The principal models a commitment to life-long learning through her participation in research-based professional development. The board supports the principal with a robust appraisal process and programme of mentoring support. The teacher appraisal process has been reviewed and strengthened, and the senior leadership team effectively lead curriculum developments. They take a shared team approach to providing support and models of effective teaching practice for staff.

School self review continues to progress, improving the basis for strategic planning. The principal is leading a more collaborative and inclusive approach towards the development of this planning. The board and senior leaders agree that their next priority for strengthening self-review is to develop more collaborative consultation with families.

Provision for international students

The school is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989. No international students were enrolled at the time of the ERO review.

Board assurance on legal requirements

Before the review, the board of trustees and principal of the school completed the ERO Board Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legislative obligations related to:

  • board administration
  • curriculum
  • management of health, safety and welfare
  • personnel management
  • financial management
  • asset management.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on student achievement:

  • emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment)
  • physical safety of students
  • teacher registration
  • processes for appointing staff
  • stand-downs, suspensions, expulsions and exclusions
  • attendance.

Conclusion

Oranga School’s inclusive environment supports student wellbeing and achievement. Student success is celebrated across a wide range of areas. Senior leaders and the board work collaboratively to promote developments that impact positively on student outcomes. The school is well positioned to increase student achievement and develop student-led approaches to teaching and learning.

ERO is likely to carry out the next review in three years.

Dale Bailey

Deputy Chief Review Officer Northern

15 May 2015

About the School

Location

One Tree Hill, Auckland

Ministry of Education profile number

1403

School type

Contributing

School roll

291

Number of international students

0

Gender composition

Boys 52%;

Girls 48%

Ethnic composition

NZ European/Pākehā

Māori

Tongan

Samoan

Cook Island Māori

Niue

African

British/Irish

Chinese

Indian

Japanese

Middle Eastern

South East Asian

other ethnicities

25%

9%

29%

12%

6%

3%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

Special Features

Host to Carlson Special School satellite unit

Review team on site

February 2015

Date of this report

15 May 2015

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review

Education Review

April 2012

January 2009

May 2006