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Te Aro wins back school decile six rating after ministry raises it to 10

Apr 18th, 2016 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Front Page Layout, Lead Story, News

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A proposal to do away with the decile system for rating schools has found favour with the principal of Wellington’s Te Aro school.

SRight top Te Aroue Clement who appealed against her schools most recent decile rating says she and the board of trustees oppose the current decile system.

The school had its rating increased from a six to a 10 last year by the Ministry of Education.

The decision resulted in the school facing a $100,000 loss in funding over the next five years.

Clement says their appeal against the changes was successful, but if it hadn’t been there it would have impacted immensely on support staff, such as the learning support teachers, special needs staff, the Te Reo teacher and the kapa haka teacher.

More than 80% of families at Te Aro School supported the appeal, due to a growing number of children needing learning support.

“We have to stretch the budget considerably to meet those children’s needs, but also ensure other students learning is not impacted,” says Clement.

The board of trustees and the principal were opposed to the changes, based on certain circumstances, on the basis that it would have significantly impacted the schools budget.

“We looked at our families, school and community, and we didn’t feel it was reflective of a decile 10” she says.

The board felt the rating did reflect what the actual community was like.

“We have families who are indeed decile 10 and affluent middle class families, but we also have families who are recent immigrants along with a significant number of refugees and families who live in Housing New Zealand houses.”

Education minister Hekia Parata has flagged a review of the current decile system will be replaced, but the government has not yet decided what will take its place.

Decile funding may change according to the socio-economic status of the area, along with other more targeted options, such as students with risk factors.

The next recalculation of deciles in schools will take place in 2019.




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