First meet­ing for learn­ing com­mu­nity

North Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - AMY BAKER

A com­mu­nity of learn­ing in Up­per Har­bour is now un­der­way.

Five pri­mary schools, one ju­nior high and one sec­ondary school are part of the Up­per Har­bour Com­mu­nity of Learn­ing (CoL) and held their first meet­ing at Albany Se­nior High School on June 2.

Albany Ju­nior High School, Albany Se­nior High School, Albany School, Coatesville School, Green­hithe School, RidgeView School and Up­per Har­bour Pri­mary School form Whanau ki te Ako or the CoL for the Albany-Green­hithe area.

Com­mu­ni­ties of Learn­ing is a Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tive which sees groups of ed­u­ca­tion providers work­ing in concert to share re­sources to help learn­ers.

Up­per Har­bour CoL lead and RidgeView School prin­ci­pal Dawn Fenn, said the con­fer­ence marked the ‘‘launch’’ of the schools collaborating and get­ting to­gether.

‘‘It’s fo­cused on im­prov­ing stu­dent achieve­ment and sup­port­ing teach­ers to work col­lab­o­ra­tively to­gether to do things well, share re­sources.’’

Com­mu­ni­ties of Learn­ing are sup­ported through the gov­ern­ment’s $359 mil­lion ‘In­vest­ing in Ed­u­ca­tional Suc­cess’ (IES) ini­tia­tive. They re­ceive ad­di­tional re­sources to en­able teach­ers and prin­ci­pals to share teach­ing and lead­er­ship ex­per­tise to raise stu­dent achieve­ment.

CoLs must share a de­fined ge­o­graph­i­cal area and pro­vide a path­way from year 1 to 13.

Fenn said some of the is­sues to be worked on included im­prov­ing the tran­si­tions be­tween schools so that chil­dren and their fam­i­lies feel ‘‘known’’, look­ing at stu­dent achieve­ment data, and how the schools can col­lec­tively sup­port stu­dents and teach­ers.

‘‘It’s about im­prov­ing stu­dent other ac­tiv­i­ties, Fenn said the CoL would be dif­fer­ent in that it would be look­ing specif­i­cally at chil­dren’s needs, and the group would be set­ting their own tar­gets.

281 schools in Auck­land and the wider Auck­land area are part of Com­mu­ni­ties of Learn­ing.

AMY BAKER/FAIR­FAX NZ

The first Up­per Har­bour Com­mu­ni­ties of Learn­ing (CoL) con­fer­ence was held at Albany Se­nior High School on June 2.

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