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Principals Support OECD Solutions

Principals Support OECD Solutions

Source: NZ Principals’ Federation

‘The latest report addressing low performing students in OECD countries, including New Zealand, suggests innovative answers that are nothing like the out-dated standardised solutions such as national standards, charter schools and IES policies,’ said Iain Taylor, President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF).

The OECD report suggests improving access to early childhood programmes for everyone; helping struggling kids early; providing a nurturing school environment; supporting high morale of teachers; teachers having high expectations of kids; ensuring equitably distributed resources and giving schools more freedom to decide what to teach and how to assess students’ progress.

‘We would agree with every one of those suggestions,’ said Taylor. ‘In particular, we would like to see a greater focus on our NZ Curriculum which is the lynchpin for kids’ successful learning. We would also adopt the OECD’s idea of assessing kids’ learning as we professionally see fit,’ he said.

The NZ Curriculum is built in conjunction with the school’s local community to ensure that it reflects the aspirations, values and motivations of the community at large.

‘In New Zealand our curriculum process gives us the basis to create the school culture that best fits our community of learners. In this way we are in accord with the OECD suggestions and well on track to being successful,’ said Taylor. ‘All we need to complete the picture are the resources,’ he said.


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