Raising Achievment in Education

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The new school year is starting, with Kiwi kids heading back into the classroom all over Mount Albert and New Zealand in the next few days.

National is working hard to ensure all our kids have the opportunity to engage in learning that meets their needs.  We want to make sure they’re getting the best education they can and this is being achieved through greater collaboration between schools and improved transition planning for students at different stages of educational advance.

National’s $359 million education initiative will achieve this support through the 96 Communities of Learning found across New Zealand.

There are now Communities of Learning now working together across every region in the country with students from primary, secondary, intermediate, and area schools.  This involves 793 schools and more than 250,000 kids. In particular there are now several Communities of Learning schools working within the Mt Albert area through the Auckland Central Communities of Schools and it is great to see the continuing development of learning environments for New Zealand children across the country.

Kids will benefit from shared teaching practices and expertise, with teachers working alongside each other on goals to help improve outcomes in the classroom.

We’re also providing the infrastructure to support our schools.  Part of ensuring every child gets the best possible education is providing modern learning environments. 

Since National was elected in 2008 the Government has invested more than $4 billion in school property maintenance, growth, and modernisation– more than a 30 per cent increase on the previous seven years.

In particular Mount Albert’s Balmoral School was granted $24 Million to help redevelop its buildings and learning space. The redevelopment will eventually enable Balmoral School to educate up to 900 students and provide modern learning spaces for students. The redevelopment will also free up outdoor space, better supporting the growth of active outdoor learning opportunities

The Government has also invested in and rolled out fibre connections to 90 per cent of schools so far, connecting them to the Network for Learning.  The network provides fast, reliable internet complete with uncapped data, web filtering, and network security services.  The remaining 10 per cent of schools will be able to connect this year.

National is harnessing the latest technology to deliver the best learning opportunities for New Zealand children. Better internet access and connectivity with the world will prepare students for living and working in the modern world. 

We are working hard to ensure all Kiwi kids have the resources and support they need to engage in learning and succeed.

This wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated teachers, our school leaders, and parents and whanau who make sure their kids are getting to school on time and doing their homework.

Together, we’re all making sure Kiwi children have the best shot at achieving in school and going on to lead happy, successful lives.