Te Miro School - 19/12/2017

School Context

Te Miro is a small, full primary school set in rural farmland in the Waikato. The current roll of 42 includes three Māori students. The school operates two composite classrooms.

A new principal was appointed in 2015 and classroom teachers have remained the same. A new principal and class teacher have been appointed to take up their positions in 2018.

The school states that they aim to support all learners to be self-regulating, curious, creative and innovative, actively participating in and contributing to society. The values of respect, responsibility, excellence and innovation are given priority. Current aims and goals are to embed these values in the curriculum, strengthen learner agency, meet the needs of all learners and reflect pride in being bi-cultural New Zealanders. There are clear, specific targets and improvement plans to accelerate the progress of all learners at risk of not achieving in reading, writing and mathematics.

Teachers have participated in professional development related to literacy, mathematics, Māori perspectives and boys’ learning.

The school is a member of the Cambridge Kāhui Ako|Community of Learning, Te Puna o Kemureti.

Leaders and teachers regularly report to the board, school-wide information about outcomes for students in the following areas:

  • achievement in reading and writing and mathematics in relation to the National Standards

  • students with additional learning needs and case studies about their progress

  • health and safety

  • pastoral care and guidance.

Evaluation Findings

1 Equity and excellence – valued outcomes for students

1.1 How well is the school achieving equitable and excellent outcomes for all its students?

The school is achieving equitable and excellent outcomes for students. Data shows these outcomes have been sustained over a period of time. The school’s National Standards data from 2014-2016 shows most students are achieving at or above the National Standards in reading, writing and mathematics. Māori students achieve at similar levels to non-Māori. Boys and girls achieve at similar levels. School information shows that the numbers of students achieving at or above in literacy and mathematics is increasing.

1.2 How effectively does this school respond to those Māori and other students whose learning and achievement need acceleration?

The school is responding effectively to those Māori and other students whose learning and achievement need accelerating. Data gathered since 2014 shows there is no disparity for groups of learners in the school. The school can show accelerated learning for most at-risk learners in reading and mathematics in 2017. Data shows that some children made accelerated progress in writing.

2 School conditions for equity and excellence

2.1 What school processes and practices are effective in enabling achievement of equity and excellence?

Teaching practice is effective in enabling the achievement of equity and excellence. Targeted professional development for teachers since 2014 has focused on positively managing student behaviour, assessment, accelerating mathematics and literacy learning and teachers inquiring into the effectiveness of their teaching. This targeted approach has strengthened teacher capability and resulted in improving outcomes for students at risk of not achieving. Students know their goals and next steps for learning. Teachers consistently use strategies that support students to manage aspects of their own learning, make connections to prior learning, and reflect with their teachers and peers about learning. They plan specifically to accelerate the progress of at-risk learners. Indoor environments are well resourced and attractively presented.

The responsive curriculum is well designed to enable students to experience success in a wide variety of learning experiences. There are documented, clear and consistently implemented expectations for teaching and learning. Students with special learning needs and abilities, including gifted and talented learners, receive appropriate classroom programmes and specialist support. The interests and aspirations of students and their families and whānau are known and evident in the curriculum. There are many opportunities for students to explore learning in authentic contexts, develop their leadership and participate in sporting, creative and cultural events. Māori students are affirmed in their culture. All students have opportunities to increase their understanding and identity as bi-cultural New Zealanders. There is a positive, safe and inclusive culture for learning. The spacious outdoor environment provides many opportunities for students to engage in safe risk taking, adventuring and learning about sustainability in the natural world. Information gathered by the school shows that these approaches have resulted in increased engagement, particularly for boys.

Parents and whānau are well informed and authentically engaged as partners in their children’s learning. They make a significant contribution to the life of the school, including contributing their skills and knowledge to enrich the curriculum. The school regularly consults with the community to gather feedback and report on outcomes. Parents and whānau benefit from inclusive and supportive relationships.

Professional leadership is highly collaborative and focused on building teacher capability. Systems and processes for internal evaluation and sustainability are well embedded and contribute to ongoing school improvement and development. Teachers receive constructive feedback through rigorous appraisals. They inquire into the effectiveness of their practice with a focus on improving outcomes for all students. Professional learning and development is well aligned to the identified needs of students and teachers. Leaders and teachers make highly effective use of student achievement information at all levels. These good practices are contributing to higher levels of student achievement.

The board is providing effective governance. Trustees have participated in ongoing training for their roles and responsibilities. They access external advice and guidance when appropriate. The board sets clear expectations for reporting and receives regular and accurate information from the principal about progress towards meeting strategic aims and targets. Decision-making is focused on accelerating the learning of at-risk students and positive outcomes for all.

Since the 2014 ERO report the school has effectively addressed the areas for improvement related to evaluating and reporting on outcomes for students at risk of not achieving, improving students’ social skills, strengthening teaching practice and the use of student achievement information to support students in their learning. There have been significant upgrades to the indoor and outdoor environments and play areas.

2.2 What further developments are needed in school processes and practices for achievement of equity and excellence?

Further development of the curriculum is needed in the following areas:

  • implementing the careers education programme for Years 7 and 8

  • further integration of the interests and strengths of students

  • strategically implementing the learning languages curriculum to enable students to make progress with their fluency in te reo Māori.

3 Board assurance on legal requirements

Before the review, the board 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 the following:

  • board administration

  • curriculum

  • management of health, safety and welfare

  • personnel management

  • finance

  • asset management.

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

  • emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment)

  • physical safety of students

  • teacher registration and certification

  • processes for appointing staff

  • stand down, suspension, expulsion and exclusion of students

  • attendance

  • school policies in relation to meeting the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014.

4 Going forward

Key strengths of the school

For sustained improvement and future learner success, the school can draw on existing strengths in:

  • internal evaluation practices that lead to school development and improvement

  • a culture for learning that is respectful and inclusive

  • a curriculum that is learner-centred and responsive

  • collaborative leadership that builds capability in teaching and assessment

  • well informed governance that provides clear strategic direction

  • meaningful partnerships for learning with parents and the wider community.

Next steps

For sustained improvement and future learner success, it will be important to effectively manage changes to leadership and teaching in 2018 to ensure sustainability of learner success.

ERO’s next external evaluation process and timing

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

Lynda Pura-Watson

Deputy Chief Review Officer

Te Tai Miringa - Waikato / Bay of Plenty Region

19 December 2017

About the school

Location

near Cambridge

Ministry of Education profile number

2012

School type

Full Primary

School roll

42

Gender composition

Girls 23 Boys 19

Ethnic composition

Māori 3
Pākehā 36
Other European 3

Provision of Māori medium education

No

Review team on site

November 2017

Date of this report

19 December 2017

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review September 2014
Education Review November 2011
Education Review November 2008