The ERO team conducted a review of our school in March 2015. The full report can be downloaded by clicking the above link.
Key findings from the report:
What are the important features of this school that have an impact on student learning?
“Goldfields continues to be a high-performing school for its students in Years 1 to 6. It is successfully meeting the challenges the continued roll growth brings. These include additional staffing and building more teaching spaces. Leaders and trustees are also sustaining the quality of the school curriculum with a focus on creating modern learning practices and environments.
Student achievement reports in relation to National Standards show very high levels of student achievement in reading and mathematics, and high student achievement in writing.
The school’s vision is to value individual excellence and diversity in a caring, safe and sustainable environment and for students to become self-managing learners. Trustees, school leaders and teachers have high expectations for, and are committed to, all students achieving well.
Students are positive about their experiences and learning at school and enjoy being at the school. There are supportive and positive relationships between adults, among students and between adults and students. All staff contribute to the positive outcomes for all students.
Since the last ERO review in 2010, the school has continued to build on its overall performance, including curriculum review and success for their Māori students.”
How well does this school use achievement information to make positive changes to learners’ engagement, progress and achievement?
The school uses achievement information very effectively to make positive changes to learners’ engagement, progress and achievement. The following areas of strength support this judgement.
Students, with their teachers, use achievement information very well to:
know how well they are achieving and progressing against expectations
set goals and to know what to work on next
self manage their learning.
Teachers use learning information effectively to:
guide their planning for explicit teaching to address identified learning needs
identify students needing extra learning support or extension
monitor and track the progress of students
reflect on the impact of their teaching and programmes and adapt programmes where required.
School leaders investigate learning information to identify needs of students and teachers. They then:
set targets and goals for specific curriculum areas and groups of students
determine staffing needs, learning interventions, extensions and programmes
monitor and confirm progress, evaluate the effectiveness of teaching programmes, including additional learning support, and make necessary adjustments to programmes.
Trustees have a strong focus on student achievement as part of their governance role. They receive well-analysed information and use it well to:
review strategic and annual plans, and set future priorities
make appropriate budget and resourcing decisions.
How effectively does this school’s curriculum promote and support student learning?
“The school’s curriculum very effectively promotes and supports student learning. The following areas of strength support this judgement.
The curriculum is soundly based on the New Zealand Curriculum and the school vision. It is responsive to community aspirations, student needs and interests. Central to the curriculum is the emphasis placed on nurturing and developing the wellbeing of the whole child. Other significant features of the curriculum are the learning:
in and beyond their community
about sustainability of the environment
about New Zealand’s bicultural heritage.
The school’s vision is very evident in practice throughout the school and the classrooms.
Students are actively involved in the life and learning of the school. They are able to make choices in many aspects of their learning. The school culture supports students to engage in purposeful learning. This includes:
learning support programmes
one-to-one support from trained teacher aides and community volunteers
effective use of modern learning practices, including e-learning
a wide range of relevant and interesting learning experiences.
Leaders have high expectations of teachers. There are clear guidelines for consistent practice and programme delivery. Leaders know what contributes to good teaching. They research to find best practice to help make ongoing improvements to teaching. Teachers use effective teaching strategies, including those to support students to become self-managing learners.
There are useful systems in place to support teachers to build their teaching practice, including effective curriculum review, robust appraisals, and comprehensive professional development and learning.” (P3, 4 ERO Report May 2015)
How effectively does the school promote educational success for Māori, as Māori?
The school’s self review shows that Māori students and their whānau are increasingly engaging in aspects of their identity, language and culture at and beyond school.
Sixteen percent of the school’s students identify as Māori. Achievement reports show that these students are achieving very well in relation to the National Standards, especially in mathematics.
All students have many opportunities to hear and use te reo Māori and sing waiata. Many features of Māori culture are valued, celebrated and increasingly incorporated into the life and learning of the school. Students join in Māori performing arts, noho marae and pōwhiri.
The parent group, Whānau ō Goldfields, is providing leadership in this area. This group seeks and responds to student and whānau opinions. The principal champions biculturalism and success for Māori and ensures they are part of school plans.
The values of manaakitanga/caring, whanaungatanga/inclusion, rangatiratanga/respect and tuakana-teina are highly evident throughout the school. Work has begun to incorporate these into the school values. Trustees and leaders recognise the value of developing a shared understanding of what success as Māori means at Goldfields.
How well placed is the school to sustain and improve its performance?
The school is very well placed to sustain and improve its performance. There is a strong alignment between governance, leadership, management, teachers, the curriculum and student learning
School governance is based on a well-defined vision and achievement information. The vision is put into action through useful long and short-term planning and regular review.
The principal’s leadership style motivates staff. She has a thorough knowledge of what matters and how to effect change. Leaders at all levels are well supported to build their capability as leaders. There is a priority on building a learning culture as guided by school plans.
Effective management practices focus on ensuring quality outcomes for students. This is evident in the:
rigorous self review leading to improvement and planning
well-planned performance management practices clearly linked to targets and school goals
school organisation and meetings to ensure the “Goldfields’ Way” is maintained.
Goldfields continues to be a high performing school with high levels of achievement. Trustees, leaders and teachers have a purposeful focus on improving outcomes for students. The curriculum is very highly responsive to community aspirations, student needs and interests. All students have many opportunities to learn about and experience Māori culture. Effective leadership and management ensure ongoing improvements.
ERO is likely to carry out the next review in four-to-five years.