Blenheim schools first to agree on achievement challenges

Kaikoura news
Friday, November 27, 2015

Local MP Stuart Smith congratulates Blenheim’s Community of Learning for being the first in the country to agree on the achievement challenges that they will work towards together.

“Communities of Learning ensure our students have the best resources to optimise their learning potential. It is a terrific achievement that Blenheim is the first region to take on this collaboration opportunity and to agree on their joint achievement challenges”, says Mr Smith.

“I want to congratulate the schools on taking the initiative and demonstrating such leadership and passion for the wellbeing of their students.”

Communities of Learning are designed to improve the quality of teaching provided to students through collaboration and sharing of resources and expertise. This provides students with a better learning environment and in turn raises student achievement.

Blenheim’s Community of Learning consists of 18 primary schools, one intermediate and two high schools. 

“There will be further benefit for students from the schools agreeing on their achievement challenges  as the schools will now receive extra funding for new lead principals and teacher roles”, says Mr Smith.

“We have so much talent in our region, both in our teachers and our students, and I am excited that we have the opportunity to fully realise this brilliant potential.”

Mr Smith also supports the decision of the community to focus on core competencies.

“Improving NCEA level 2 achievement, and a focus at the primary school level on maths, reading and writing will make a real difference. If these achievement challenges are met, many more Marlborough students will have opportunities to study at a tertiary level,” says Mr Smith.

The Blenheim Community of Learning has agreed to the following achievement challenges:

  • to reduce the number of Year 1 to 8 students who are below the national standard for maths, reading and writing from 641, 500 and 748 respectively to 467 or fewer by 2017
  • to reduce the number of students leaving Marlborough Boys’ and Girls’ Colleges without NCEA Level 2 from 85 to 63 or fewer by 2017; and
  • to raise Māori and Pasifika achievement