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1905 Strategic Goal Progress Report - 17 May 2019

2019 Goals

This year our school goals will align with the Achievement Challenges for our Kahui Ako - Te Arahura

Achievement Challenges:

By preserving the integrity of each school's context and commitment to raising achievement we aim to:

  • Increase numbers of students who achieve NCEA Level 1 in Year 11 from 58.3% to 85% over a three year period.

  • Increase the number of students who achieve at or above in tuhituhi / writing from 60% (tuhituhi) / 53.4% (writing) to 85% over a three year period.

  • Increase the number of students who achieve at or above in pāngarau / mathematics from 69% (pāngarau) / 55.3% (mathematics) to 85% over a three year period.

Strategic Aim

Increase the number of students who achieve at or above in writing from 53.4%  to 85% over a three year period.

Increase the number of students who achieve at or above in mathematics from 55.3%  to 85% over a three year period.

Annual Goal

To improve the literacy level, particularly in writing for children    

To improve the numeracy level, particularly in problem solving

Measurable Target  

At the end of 2019:

Year 1-2 target students will make progress in regard to 6 Year net data collected at 6 month intervals.

Year 3-4 target groups for writing and maths will have progressed from beginning of Curriculum Level 2 to the end of Level 2

Year 5 and 6 target groups in Writing will have progressed from the end of Level 2 to the end of Level 3

Baseline Data


5% of Year 2’s at Level 1 (19% at expectation)

25% of Year 4’s at Level 2 (42% at expectation)

18% of Year 6’s at Level 3 (44% at expectation)


64% of Year 2’s at Level 1

20% of Year 4’s at Level 2

41% of Year 6’s at Level 3

Actions (what we will do)

Outcomes (what we expect to happen)

Progress Report - May 2019

Target groups

  • A target group will be selected by each class teacher. The group will consist of pupils achieving in writing and maths at the beginning of the appropriate curriculum level.

  • It is envisaged that the target group will get an extra 15 -30 minutes tuition a day.

  • Each group will have separate planning and a separate programme in addition to that provided in the regular class programme.

  • Detailed data will be kept on each child in each group.

  • A second target group may be selected after 15 weeks or the teacher might carry on with the same group.

  • Pupils in the writing target groups will progress at an advanced rate with 75% making it to the end of the appropriate curriculum level by the end of the year

  • All groups will get extra, focussed tuition in maths, reading and writing.

  • Planning and data will be shared at syndicate level or with the Syndicate Leader.

  • A decision will be made after 15 weeks as to where we go from here. Possible options are

    • Carry on with the same group

    • Start another group

    • Spread the strategies learned over the whole class.

Junior Syndicate

All junior teachers are continuing to work with term 1 target group students.

Room 3 is seeing progress with children being a lot more confident in their writing. Children are talking more about their next steps in order for their writing to move to the next level.

Room 5 has seen improvements with the children wanting to edit their work and check that it all makes sense and has the success criteria needed for that piece of writing to be successful.

Room 6. Children’s attitudes towards writing have changed and have a more positive attitude towards. Children know what the learning focus is and are responding positively to having a focus and incorporating those strategies.

Room 4 Children are more willing to try words rather than sitting and waiting teachers response. They are being taught strategies in order for them to continue writing and not stop when they get stuck on a word.

Middle Senior Syndicate

All middle and senior teachers are continuing to work with term 1 writing target group students.Students are finding it easier to write neatly so others can read their work with ease. They are beginning to add more detail to their stories. They can write in complete sentences without running on their ideas as a list. Students are more confident in choosing the important parts to write about and how to add detail to these. They are able to use punctuation more often with the focus for the middle groups being capital letters, full stops, to show complete sentences and commas to separate items in a list. The senior students are looking at using speech marks and the use of expressive punctuation.

Children are feeling more confident as writers. They enjoy sharing their writing with others and enjoy seeing how much better their writing is  when they rework it. They enjoy each small piece of learning they do each session.

Maths target groups are underway, with teachers finding ways in class time to take a target group for 10 to 15 minutes prior to the maths lesson to front load the children with the maths language and suitable strategies to allow them to participate in the group problem solving sessions. Teachers are now also picking up other students noticed during the lesson who can benefit from a boost of knowledge to help them the following day. These children get a 10 minute extra session with the teacher. All children respond well to this extra teacher support and it is noted how much more these children participate in whole class discussions as a result of their extra teaching time.

Outside support

  • Support will be given to Syndicate Leaders by Diane Ogle and Ali Robinson in Maths

  • Relationship based learning pd to commence with Core Cognition facilitator Jenna Crowley

  • Te Arahura PLD will happen

  • Support will be given at staff meetings by the Syndicate Leaders and the Principal

  • Relevant readings and discussions will happen

  • Meetings will occur between Diane and the Syndicate leaders Team to provide advice and support

  • Support and guidance with the Kahui Ako will be utilize as appropriate

Junior Syndicate

Junior teachers have seen the change in swapping facilitators for maths very beneficial to continuing their maths PD and highly value the support from both Dianne and Ali. Syndicate meetings include a considerable amount of time on collaborative maths planning and discussions around noticings form previous weeks plan.

Syndicate leaders have observed math lessons to provide support and offer feedback and where to next in their teaching practise.

Middle Senior Syndicate

Teachers continue to value the support in Maths from Dianne and Ali. This PD continues to help direct our cooperative planning and reminds us of the elements required in our lessons. Maths planning and discussion  is a large part of our syndicate meetings. Syndicate leaders are observing maths lessons to give feedback and provide guidance.

Relationship based learning PD has begun and reminds us of the need for positive relationships with students, whanau, and school staff. Teachers are exploring other ways of informing and communicating with whanau other than the traditional hui.


  • All class teachers will have at least one appraisal goal built around their target groups.

  • Teaching as Inquiry will link with appraisals and target groups will be a key focus in their inquiry

  • Teachers will see their target groups as a high priority.

  • The principal and Syndicate Leaders will be aware of the programme being given to target groups.

Junior Syndicate

Teachers have  identify particular students or groups of students needing an extra push in literacy and have aligned this to their appraisal goal.

Middle Senior Syndicate

Teachers are basing their inquiry or appraisal goals on our  Maths or literacy target groups.The PD and syndicate meetings provide opportunities to reflect on our practice and to make adjustments to better suit the needs of the children in line with best teaching practice.

Syndicate meetings

  • Progress of the target groups will be a topic in most syndicate meetings.

  • This will be lead by the Syndicate leader, supported by their relevant support team leader.

  • When called upon, class teachers will be expected to come to syndicate meetings with samples, planning, assessment, modelling books etc and present their highs and lows to the syndicate.

  • The Senior Leadership team will be focussed on target group progress

  • Class teachers will feel part of a collective and supportive group when it comes to accelerated learning in literacy.

  • Teachers will get ideas and strategies by sharing with other teachers.

  • Regular reporting at syndicate meetings will ensure that the target group remains a focus for the teacher and not forgotten until appraisal comes around (which can happen

  • Readings and any relevant pd will be shared

Junior Syndicate

Writing target groups are discussed in syndicate meetings at certain checkpoints throughout the 15 week target, ie 5 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks. Discussions are around teacher practices and strategies they have used that have made the most progress for their students. What things have not worked so well and where to next.

Maths target groups are discussed regular as it fits in with our collaborative maths planning and teachers are changing their practise to suit particular needs.

Middle Senior Syndicate

Teachers are now used to sharing what they are doing within our syndicate meetings. They find the discussions helpful in clarifying their next steps and enjoy getting a range of ideas from their colleagues.

Syndicate leaders share professional sites and resources of use and use their own planning and modelling books as samples of how things can be done.


  • At least three observations will be conducted by Syndicate leaders or someone similar during the 15 week period ending at the end of term 2.

  • Observations will be preceded by a discussion on the focus and followed by a discussion on the observation notes.

  • Copies of these notes should be filed in and linked to teachers appraisal documentation as they will be needed at the end of the year.

  • Teachers will follow advice, guidance and support given by observers

  • Teachers will reflect and refine their teaching practise

Junior Syndicate

Junior teachers are having their second observation this week, with a math focus.

Middle Senior Syndicate

Middle syndicate teachers are having their third observation this week. It has been rewarding to see how well these teachers responded to the suggestions made in the first session. They had all worked to make adjustments to their practice and acknowledged how much better their classes/groups were working as a result. There is a genuine desire to keep learning and the feedback and post observation discussions are valued.