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Exciting innovations in schools

5 June 2002 Media Statement
Exciting innovations in schools

Education Minister Trevor Mallard today announced more than $1 million to go towards exciting programmes in schools from the school innovations pool.

Twenty seven programmes have been successful in gaining a share of the funding that was announced.

The Government is putting the money into programmes developed by schools in 2002, to target students at risk of achieving poor outcomes at school.

Schools were invited to come up with proposals for the funding and the programmes that came through the selection process will make a real contribution to ensuring that students are not lost or alienated from the education system.

"The Government recognises that the innovation displayed by many schools throughout the country shows that creativity and professionalism is alive and well in our education system.

"Several of the programmes focused on ways to provide parents with skills to assist students to stay at school and be successful. Others involve local communities working together with schools to provide support for students who are struggling. Programmes like these are crucial to improving the overall standards in schools,” Trevor Mallard said.

He said that today’s funding announcement is the third of three rounds for innovative programmes in schools.

The programme trials are allocated $1million a year. In 2001 an extra $1million per year was provided to fund three national programmes: Cool Schools, Tu Tangata and Kiwi Can.

The geographical spread included a good range of schools from both the North and South Islands, both primary and secondary. The successful programmes would be able to start by the beginning of July.

"I hope to be able to visit schools running some these pioneering programmes to see first hand how they operate," Trevor Mallard said.

List of programmes attached

School Programme
Aranui High School
Diagnostic centre for at risk year 9 students to improve educational and social outcomes.
Avondale College A whole school literacy and learning initiative.
Avondale Intermediate with Avondale cluster of Schools Transition between primary and secondary school.
Bay of Islands College Kai Arahi programme providing mentoring and support for at risk students and their families.
Buller High School with Buller REAP Itinerant teacher of Maori.
Pine Hill School and Port Chalmers School cluster Literacy and numeracy programme targeting pre school students identified as potentially at risk
Edgewater College
Alternative programme for students not eligible for MOE programme.
Edgecumbe College Transition between primary and secondary school.
Gate Pa School A class that boys can attend to address learning and behaviour needs.
Hamilton Boys High School
Programme to support students from Maori immersion classes who need support with learning in English.
Huntly West School Class for most “at risk” students.
Kelston Girls High School Class for Maori students.
Lytton High School
Programme providing support for students with drug related learning and behaviour issues.
Mount Hutt College with
Methven Te Puawaitanga Charitable Trust Programme providing support and mentoring for at risk students and their families.
Dunedin North Intermediate School with Otago Youth Wellness Trust
Transition to secondary school programme for students at risk of suspension.
Putaruru West School Multi Lit reading programme.
Queen Elizabeth College Support for senior Maori students to achieve goals (imp attendance, reduced suspensions, credits to NCEA.
James Hargest High School and Invercargill Secondary Schools Alternative to suspension programme.
Tangaroa College Literacy programme based on SARR.
Te Kura o Takaro

Pre Maori immersion programme to prepare students for full immersion
Timaru South School Primary school students mentoring children in early childhood centres
Lytton High School with Turanganui-a-Kiwa Activity Centre
Developing best practice models for at risk students including those in Alternative Education, Activities Centres etc
Waimea College Full Service Centre – extend current model to other schools
Wairakei Primary School Mentoring for Maori boys
Wellington Activity Centre Literacy through confidence in art
Western Springs College
Additional support to immersion students to achieve academic potential
Whangarei Boys' High School Mentoring programme for Maori boys

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