Good ed­u­ca­tion

Central Leader - - OPINION -

In your re­cent ar­ti­cle, Money will miss most vul­ner­a­ble (June 4), prin­ci­pal Lynda Stu­art ex­pressed con­cerns about lack of con­sul­ta­tion over the Govern­ment’s new ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive, and fears it would not help the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

A good ed­u­ca­tion is vi­tal to the life chances of all chil­dren. That is why this $359 mil­lion ini­tia­tive is fo­cused on build­ing qual­ity and con­sis­tency of teach­ing and lead­er­ship across all schools.

There are other Govern­ment de­part­ments that work to help vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies, or who of­fer in­come sup­port. At the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion our fo­cus is on a good ed­u­ca­tion.

We know that within schools the qual­ity of teach­ing and lead­er­ship have the big­gest ef­fect on stu­dents’ achieve­ment.

This ini­tia­tive is de­signed to recog­nise, re­tain, and de­velop high per­form­ing and ca­pa­ble teach­ers and ed­u­ca­tion lead­ers.

Full con­sul­ta­tion with key ed­u­ca­tional pro­fes­sional groups is at the heart of this ini­tia­tive. Since Fe­bru­ary, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of these groups have worked with the min­istry to de­sign the de­tails of the ini­tia­tive.

The group com­prised unions, sec­ondary and pri­mary prin­ci­pals’ as­so­ci­a­tions, a par­ent/em­ployer as­so­ci­a­tion, Maori and Pasi­fika ed­u­ca­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and an early child­hood sec­tor rep­re­sen­ta­tive. The group has re­ported to the Govern­ment on its rec­om­men­da­tions.

PPTA pres­i­dent An­gela Roberts has praised the con­sul­ta­tion process as ‘‘com­pre­hen­sive, ro­bust and gen­uine’’.

I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to work with the ed­u­ca­tion pro­fes­sion as we de­velop this im­por­tant ini­tia­tive to raise stu­dent achieve­ment.

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