Te Atatū Intermediate School, Auckland caters for students in Years 7 and 8. There are currently 470 students enrolled at the school, of whom 26 percent are Māori and seven percent are of Pacific heritage.
The school’s mission statement is ‘Equipping our students to stand tall’. The key values of W.A.K.A.; Whanaungatanga, Atawhai, Kaitiakitanga and Ako, underpin the vision of developing students to achieve their own personal best.
The board’s strategic goals include raising academic achievement, catering more effectively for students who are at risk of not achieving, and improving home and school partnerships.
Leaders and teachers regularly report to the board, schoolwide information about outcomes for students in the following areas:
Since the 2015 ERO review, a new principal and deputy principal have been appointed from within the school. Schoolwide professional development has focused on biculturalism and teaching mathematics.
The school is a member of the Te Atatū Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako (CoL).
The school is working towards achieving equitable and excellent outcomes for all its students.
School information shows that most students achieve at or above curriculum expectations in reading, writing and mathematics. This pattern of achievement has been consistent over time.
However, this achievement information also shows persistent in-school disparity for Māori and Pacific students in reading, writing and mathematics. Girls and boys achieve at similar levels in mathematics, however achievement data show disparity for boys in literacy.
Students achieve well in relation to the school values which are specifically taught as an integral feature of the school’s curriculum.
Students whose learning requires acceleration are identified by the school. The school uses a standardised assessment tool to track and monitor students who make acceleration. There is evidence of acceleration for many students.
The school is working towards increasing parity for Māori and boys through targeted initiatives including tikanga Māori classes, te reo Māori classes and targeted teaching. At the time of this review it was too early for ERO to evaluate the effectiveness of these initiatives.
Students benefit from an increasingly authentic curriculum and learning opportunities that connect to their own needs and interests. They are well supported to take ownership of their learning through programmes that explicitly teach leadership, problem solving, resilience and the school's W.A.K.A. values. A range of tikanga Māori practices are developing in the school and this is contributing to a sense of belonging for Māori students. These initiatives enable students to develop a strong sense of self, ownership in the school and experience success.
Pastoral care systems provide students with high levels of support aimed at reducing barriers to learning. Learning support for students with additional learning needs is well coordinated. Students are supported to participate, progress and achieve their individual goals. Teachers have high expectations for student achievement and wellbeing.
The newly established leadership team is improvement focused. They are building capability through professional learning based on the school’s strategic goals. This is supported by a robust and collaborative appraisal process that has a continuous improvement component focused on teaching and student learning.
The school’s wider community relationships enrich opportunities for students to become confident, actively involved, lifelong learners. This is seen in local sustainability projects with community organisations. Parents and whānau have good opportunities to contribute to the curriculum and school direction through learning partnerships, including career pathways. Active involvement with the Kāhui Ako has improved transitions for the students between schools.
Trustees work collaboratively with school leaders. They are well informed about student achievement and school priorities. This information supports the board’s decision-making processes. They strategically fund initiatives to support the developing cultural practices at the school. Funding is also provided for extra personnel and staff professional development to enable students to access the curriculum.
Leaders, teachers and trustees recognise the positive impact that integrating te reo and tikanga Māori has on all students’ success. They are committed to improving the extent to which te ao Māori is woven throughout the curriculum and school environment. Leaders could now evaluate the impact that current tikanga and te reo Māori initiatives are having on improving student achievement.
Leaders should strengthen internal evaluation processes across all levels of the school. More in-depth evaluation should include greater use of data-based evidence to gauge the effectiveness of strategies and programmes, and their impact on accelerated learning. This would provide more specific information for strategic decision making about reducing disparity for Māori and Pacific learners.
The school is a signatory to theEducation(Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016(the Code)established under section 238F of the Education Act 1989. The school has attested that it complies with all aspects of the Code.
No international students were enrolled at the time of the ERO review.
Before the review, the board and principal of the school completed theERO 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 the following:
During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on student safety and wellbeing:
On the basis of the findings of this review, ERO’s overall evaluation judgement of Te Atatū Intermediate’s performance in achieving valued outcomes for its students is: Well placed.
ERO’s Framework: Overall Findings and Judgement Tool derived from School Evaluation Indicators: Effective Practice for Improvement and Learner Success is available on ERO’s website.
For sustained improvement and future learner success, the school can draw on existing strengths in:
For sustained improvement and future learner success, priorities for further development are in continuing to:
Director Review and Improvement Services (Northern)
Northern Region - Te Tai Raki
29 June 2020