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.