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Garden Garden Rewarded for skills EVERYONE can remember teach- ers that pushed them to learn that little bit more, teachers who made the most difficult subjects interest- ing, or who simplified a really com- plex area. I recall many outstanding teach- ers that I had in my time at Dil- worth and Pakuranga College. These top teachers are now going to be encouraged to share their expertise so more kids can benefit. After teaching quality, studies show the second biggest influence on achievement is strong school leadership. That’s why a new system is being created to allow the best teachers and principals to have the widest possible reach. An investment of $359 million will be made over the next four years to create four new roles in education. Two of these roles are for teach- ers and two for principals. The cream of the crop in the education sector will receive release time and extra pay to mentor and support others. This way the people teaching our kids can observe and learn from examples of what really works. I’m really looking forward to see- ing how this will work in the wider Botany area. Talented and experienced prin- cipals will also be incentivised to get stuck in at a struggling school and turn it around. Right now as teachers work their way up the career ladder, they do less actual teaching. That system takes our best teachers out of their classrooms. Instead, the best educational professionals will be able to con- tinue to do what they do best, while also sharing their expertise with others. For principals, the financial incentive is to go to a large school rather than one that really needs their skills. New Zealand students do excep- tionally well on an international scale and there’s no doubt we have a good education system. But we can’t be complacent. Other countries are lifting their game and we need to do the same. There is a gap between the highest and lowest performing pupils that needs to be closed. Teachers have been crying out for career pathways where they don’t have to leave teaching and go into management. They have also been asking for more opportunities to learn from each other. I know there are some wonderful teachers around Botany who will make a world of differ- ence to those eager to learn. This initiative is inspired by international research and evi- dence. It’s also supported by what New Zealand education leaders saw in Hong Kong and Singapore, two of the best performing coun- tries in education. Along with the four new roles, $10m will be invested in a Teacher Innovation Fund for research and development at a practical level. It will be real grass-roots research into lifting achievement in fundamental areas: writing, maths, science and digital literacy. For the future of our youngest New Zealanders and our country, it’s vital we strengthen the teach- ing profession and strengthen lead- ership across all 50,000 teachers and 2500 schools. ami-Lee Ross MP for Botany New Role Focus of the role Allowance in addition to salary Executive Principal Highly capable principals freed $40,000 up for two days a week to work with other schools in their community. They will provide leadership across around 10 schools while remaining in their own school. Expert Teacher Teachers with a proven track $20,000 record released from their own classroom two days a week to work with other teachers to lift achievement. Lead Teachers Effective teachers who will $20,000 open their classroom to others to observe their practice and discuss techniques. Change Principal In schools that are really $50,000 struggling Boards of Trustees will be able to recruit an outstanding principal to turn the school around.
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