Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


New Attendance Service Will Keep More Learners In School

Media release

17 December

New Attendance Service Will Keep More Learners In School

The Ministry of Education says a new expanded attendance service will help keep more students in school, learning and achieving.

The new service begins in the New Year and will receive $9.1m annually.

It brings together district and non-enrolled truancy services into one – enabling providers to target resources where they are most needed.

The Ministry has encouraged those employed in the former district and non-enrolled services who wanted to work for a new provider to register with the Ministry so that their names could be passed onto the new providers.

Deputy Secretary, Regional Operations, Katrina Casey confirmed that, so far, around half had done so.

Ms Casey says “The new service will take the best of the previous system and develop new ways so that it is more responsive to the needs of learners and their families - particularly among Māori and Pasifika communities.

“A strong part of our requirements of the providers is that they have good connections with other agencies and services and can work across agencies to provide the right type of support needed to not only get learners to school but ensure they stay there and are fully engaged in learning.

“It will enable agencies to build a better understanding of non-attendance - making it easier to identify trends and causes and achieve a more consistent and effective practice, developing early intervention strategies to prevent non-attendance.”

Ms Casey says reducing the number of services from 78 to 18 will also simplify the system. The service providers have been selected following a robust tendering and contracting process over the last few months.

“Schools will be able to build more effective relationships with providers and other key agencies like social services to intervene quickly to prevent problems arising.”

Notes for editors

In 2011, 29,000 learners were absent from school for part of, or a full day, without justification during a survey period.

Attendance advisors are not Ministry employees.

The Ministry contracts service providers to deliver the attendance service. The provider is responsible for employing attendance advisors.

To date, 65 employees of the former services have asked to be considered for roles with new providers.

It is expected service providers will adopt regular recruitment processes to determine who they will employ to deliver the service.

More information about the new attendance service is available at www.minedu.govt.nz/attendance or email attendance@minedu.govt.nz

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news