AREA: Attendance, retention, engagement and achievement
The Manurewa Community of Learning (“CoL”), based in South Auckland, is the only CoL from ECE through to tertiary.
This CoL has identified the transitions (ECE to Year 1, Year 3 to 4, Year 6 to 7, and Year 8 to 9) as the most critical area of need in the Manurewa CoL, a situation compounded by a high degree of transience in the community. Ongoing National Standards data since 2011 identifies the transitions are the most critical from Year 6-7 and Year 8-9 as these children are at their most vulnerable developmental stage and they have to make two transitions in quick succession. Attendance, retention, engagement and performance rates decline during the transitions.
CET is supporting a 4-year project focusing on Years 6-9. After 4 years’ the first cohort will transition to high school with foundational support and the formation of good behaviours.
The educators within the CoL will address the specific pedagogical and assessment elements, but their ability to positively influence students and whanua/families is greatly restricted outside school. The programme includes the engagement of a fulltime educator from within the community to serve as a community liaison with and between whanau and school personnel. This position is called “Arataki (“Pathway Guardian”) Coordinator”.
Contact: Iain Taylor Principal