The Ministry of Education has begun establishing a working
group of leaders from the wider education sector to help
develop the Government's $359 million education initiative
which aims to improve pupil achievement.
Education Minister Hekia Parata said the initiative, which
proposes to introduce four new roles in New Zealand schools,
would help to further recognise highly-capable teachers and
principals, keep good teachers in the classroom, and share
expertise across schools.
The new roles - executive principal, expert teacher, lead
teacher and change principal - will be introduced to schools
from the beginning of next year, in a bid to lift the
achievement of pupils in New Zealand schools.
The initiative was given the thumbs up by many in Otago's
education system, including educational leadership and
administration senior lecturer Darrell Latham, of the
University of Otago College of Education, who described it as
''This really is a good news story and, in my view, is an
excellent initiative which I am sure will be greeted
positively by those in the education sector,'' he said.
To ensure the ministry gets the best design detail for the
initiative, Ms Parata has given Secretary for Education Peter
Hughes the task of setting up a working group of education
Invitations have been sent to New Zealand School Trustees'
Association president Lorraine Kerr, Te Tari Puna Ora o
Aotearoa chief executive and Educanz Transition Board member
Nancy Bell, New Zealand Educational Institute president
Judith Nowotarski, Post Primary Teachers' Association
president Angela Roberts, New Zealand Principals' Federation
president Philip Harding, Secondary Principals' Association
of New Zealand president Tom Parsons, New Zealand Area
Schools' Association president John Garner, Te Runanga Nui o
nga Kura Kaupapa Maori o Aotearoa tiamana Toni Waho, Nga Kura
a Iwi o Aotearoa deputy chairwoman and Educanz Transition
Board member Arihia Stirling, New Zealand Association of
Intermediate and Middle Schooling president Ross Tyson, and
Pasifika Principals' Association president Unasa Enosa
Ms Parata said the initiative drew on what the profession
said it needed, what the best performing countries were
doing, and what international research and evidence had
''The Government has a clear plan to raise achievement across
the board, which aims for five out of five students to get
the qualifications they need to reach their potential.
''This new initiative will be instrumental in ensuring we
have the best quality teaching in all our classrooms to help
achieve that goal.''