These examples of good practice highlight a clear commitment to working with the National Standards paired with school cultures that are proactive and focus on initiating change. Leaders and teachers understood how the National Standards aligned with and were part of the New Zealand Curriculum. They used the standards to help them monitor how each student was progressing and to identify what they need to work on next. In these schools, school leaders, trustees, teachers, and parents and whānau all recognise the part they played in ensuring each learner was achieving and progressing.
Each of the eight schools continues to focus on further improvements. They were all able to identify next steps for working with the standards, recognising that this was an ongoing process of review and refinement. The main next steps themes common across many of the schools included:
These next steps demonstrate a strong commitment to increasing communication and learning partnerships to ensure each learner in their school can make the best possible progress.