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