Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Quality teaching key to lifting boys' achievement

Quality teaching key to lifting boys' achievement

Whether boys are in a co-ed or single-sex school setting, quality teaching is where we can make the biggest difference to their achievement.


---------------------------------

Education Minister Steve Maharey told a national boys' schools conference in Christchurch that quality teaching will make the biggest difference in efforts to lift boys' achievement.

"Whether boys are in a co-ed or single-sex school setting, quality teaching is where we can make the biggest difference to their achievement," Steve Maharey.

"Most boys are doing well in our education system, and in most subjects there is little difference in achievement between boys and girls. For some boys, however, issues around reading and writing, and engagement at school, can get in the way of their achievement.

"The government believes the best way to address this issue is not through a homogenous approach to teaching boys, but through quality teaching in all schools that focuses on the needs of individual students.

"We are working towards a more flexible, learner-centred system, where teachers get good support to identify the needs of their students, along with tools and guidance to respond to those needs.

"Research tells us that when our teachers have great professional support and high expectations of all students then the quality of learning is high, across all school types.

Steve Maharey said the major investments being made in learner-centred teaching would help to lift boys' achievement over time.

"We currently invest more than $90 million a year on professional development for teachers and around $32 million a year in programmes to lift literacy standards. The literacy project is one where we're making a big impact. The greatest gains in reading achievement are being made by Mâori and Pacific students, including boys, who make up the largest proportion of participants.

Steve Maharey said boys also make up around two thirds of students getting help through the Student Engagement Initiative. "This is an $8.5 million initiative, which has already had huge successes in reducing truancy, early leaving exemptions and suspensions across a range of schools."


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news