Election 2011 - Party Policies - Education - Primary

Election 2011 - Party Policies - Education - Primary


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  • A move back to basics will be a standard requirement of the curriculum. (more here)
  • Have state funding to primary and secondary schools "follow the child" - to any school. state or private, meeting basic standards, including standards of literacy and numeracy. In other words, you'll get to decide which school you'll send your child to, and have your taxpayer funding pay for it. (more here)

  • Raise the awareness among primary teachers about the early childhood services so that there is an effective transition to the school environment for young learners.
  • Establishing a cross-sector working party to investigate how free healthy breakfasts can be provided in all primary schools and early childhood services. (more here)

  • [Instead of National Standards] Labour will Require primary schools to use recognised assessment tools and teacher judgement to:
  • Determine the New Zealand Curriculum level a child is achieving.
  • Show a child’s rate of progress between reports over the course of a year.
  • Identify children not achieving within the curriculum level appropriate to their year at school.
  • Decide and report the next learning steps.
  • Report this information in plain language to parents at least twice a year. (more here)

  • Provide free breakfasts and healthy school lunches.
  • Increase funding for public schools and prevent them from soliciting fees or “voluntary donations” from parents.
  • Make schools the centres of provision of free dental, healthcare and social intervention for children.
  • Abolish National Standards and replace with information that lets parents know how well their children are doing compared to other children, nationally, without the bad effects of the current direction.
  • Te Reo Authority to set curriculum for, fund and audit Te Reo and Matauranga Māori outcomes in all schools. (more here)

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  • Increase access to Reading Recovery.
  • Set a minimum number of hours for the teaching of literacy and numeracy.
  • Endorse intentions to drop the teacher/pupil ration for Year 1 Students to 1:15, and recommend that Years 2 & 3 be progressively dropped to 1:22 and Years 4-8 progressively dropped to 1:25. (more here)

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