Galatea School

Education institution number:
School type:
Full Primary
School gender:
Not Applicable
Total roll:

32 Mangamate Road, Galatea, Murupara

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Galatea School - 17/06/2020

School Context

Galatea School is located approximately 80 kilometres south of Rotorua. The school caters for children in Years 1 to 8. At the time of this ERO review, 100 students were enrolled, including 41 who identify as Māori.

Since the previous ERO review in 2016, the roll has remained stable and the board has undertaken upgrades to the grounds. In addition, a new principal has been appointed from within the teaching team and there are several new staff. The school board is made up of both new and experienced trustees.

The school vision of we ‘empower learners to strive for personal excellence, now and in their future’ is underpinned by the ‘building blocks’ of ‘know myself (mana),(whanaungatanga), know my learning (akoranga), and know my place (kaitiakitanga)’.

Leaders and teachers regularly report to the board, schoolwide information about outcomes for students in the following areas:

  • reading, writing and numeracy.

Leaders and teachers have engaged in professional learning and development about teaching as inquiry, writing and numeracy.

The school is a member of the Reporoa Kāhui Ako.

Evaluation Findings

1 Equity and excellence – achievement of valued outcomes for students

1.1 How well is the school achieving equitable and excellent outcomes for all its students?

The school is working towards achieving equitable outcomes for all students.

Achievement information for 2019 shows most students are achieving at expected curriculum levels in reading, and the large majority are achieving these levels in writing and numeracy. Māori are outperforming their Pākeha peers in reading and achieving at the same levels in numeracy. There is significant disparity for Māori students in writing.

Schoolwide data from 2017 to 2019 shows consistent achievement in reading, writing and numeracy. There is ongoing significant disparity for boys in both reading and writing.

1.2 How well is the school accelerating learning for those Māori and other students who need this?

The school is effectively accelerating the learning for those Māori and other students who need this.

The 2019 school achievement information shows effective acceleration in reading, writing and numeracy for students who are not yet achieving at the expected curriculum level. Māori student achievement is accelerating at similar rates to their Pākehā peers in writing and numeracy, and to a lesser extent in reading. Boys’ achievement is accelerating at higher rates than girls in writing.

Students with additional needs have individualised plans that show they are working towards achieving their goals.

2 School conditions for equity and excellence – processes and practices

2.1 What school processes and practices are effective in enabling achievement of equity and excellence, and acceleration of learning?

Leadership effectively builds relationships and there is a collaborative approach to improving outcomes for all students. The aspirations of students, parents and whānau are gathered and incorporated into the school’s vision, values and strategic direction. Professional learning and development are prioritised to build collective capability to support all students to achieve. Leadership actively seeks the support of a range of networks in the wider education community. High expectations and an inclusive culture underpin all school operation.

Effective communication and partnerships with parents, family and whānau encourages learning at home and at school. Leaders are supported by a board of trustees and community who are actively involved and focused on equity and excellence for all students.

Students have a localised curriculum that is responsive to their needs. It has been designed to reflect the aspirations of students and their whānau. A culturally responsive, holistic approach to teaching and learning is ensuring a sense of belonging and wellbeing for students. Identity and culture are celebrated and nurtured in the school. A highly inclusive curriculum for students with additional needs promotes equity. Students benefit from a rich and responsive learning programme.

Students experience an inclusive environment that supports learning and wellbeing. Warm, caring relationships between teachers and students are evident in well-managed learning environments. Teachers use a range of engaging and purposeful teaching strategies in their classrooms. The clear identification of learning needs, tracking and monitoring of progress, particularly of at-risk students, contributes to accelerated progress. Learning progressions support students to understand their learning and next steps. This is growing independent learners. The collaborative teaching team is focused on improving learning outcomes for all.

2.2 What further developments are needed in school processes and practices for achievement of equity and excellence, and acceleration of learning?

The school and ERO agree priority should be given to strengthening assessment practices by:

  • continuing to build capability in moderation

  • reviewing and aligning processes and systems.

Strengthening internal evaluation processes to identify what works for students and why, is also needed to support continued improvement in outcomes for all.

3 Board Assurance on Legal Requirements

Before the review, the board and principal of the school completed the ERO board assurance statement and self-audit checklists. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legislative obligations related to the following:

  • board administration
  • curriculum
  • management of health, safety and welfare
  • personnel management
  • finance
  • asset management.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on student safety and wellbeing:

  • emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment)
  • physical safety of students
  • teacher registration and certification
  • processes for appointing staff
  • stand down, suspension, expulsion and exclusion of students
  • attendance
  • school policies in relation to meeting the requirements of the Children’s Act 2014.

4 ERO’s Overall Judgement

On the basis of the findings of this review, ERO’s overall evaluation judgement of Galatea School’s performance in achieving valued outcomes for its students is: Well placed.

ERO’s Framework: Overall Findings and Judgement Tool derived from School Evaluation Indicators: Effective Practice for Improvement and Learner Success is available on ERO’s website.

5 Going forward

Key strengths of the school

For sustained improvement and future learner success, the school can draw on existing strengths in:

  • leadership that maintains high expectations for teaching and learning
  • a curriculum that responds to student needs and wellbeing
  • teaching that is highly focused on equity.

Next steps

For sustained improvement and future learner success, priorities for further development are in:

  • refining assessment practices to ensure consistency across the school
  • internal evaluation to provide evidence about where improvements are needed.

Darcy Te Hau

Acting Director Review and Improvement Services

Central Region - Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

17 June 2020

About the school

The Education Counts website provides further information about the school’s student population, student engagement and student achievement.

Galatea School - 30/06/2016

1 Context

Galatea School caters for children in Years 1 to 8, it is located approximately 80 kilometres south of Rotorua. Since ERO's last review in 2013 the school's roll has grown significantly. There are currently 95 children enrolled, 44 identify as Māori.

The school is well supported by parents, whānau and the local community. Partnerships with a number of organisations assist the school to extend learning opportunities for children in the local environment and wider community.

2 Equity and excellence

The vision and valued outcomes defined by the school for all children are 'Working Together-Learning for Life, Me mahi tahi tatou katoa-Akoranga mo te wairua ora'. Key priorities for the school and community are to embed the school values, empower and develop confident and capable learners, strong leadership, and encourage children to be confident and positive in their own identity. Māori children are experiencing success as learners, benefit from clear expectations, and positive and respectful relationships with their peers, teachers and whānau.

Overall, children at Galatea School are achieving well. Of the 24 children needing acceleration in reading, writing and mathematics 12 are Māori. The school’s achievement information shows that since 2013 there has been a steady increase in the number of Māori children achieving at or above National Standards, and some with significant gains in writing and mathematics.

Since the last ERO evaluation the school has undertaken in-depth curriculum reviews of writing and mathematics. School developments that have contributed to better learning opportunities and achievement outcomes for Māori and other children include:

  • the setting of high expectations and the strong belief in Māori student capability to contribute and learn
  • strategic resourcing to reduce class sizes and multi-year levels within classes
  • alignment of key school documents to The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and the National Standards
  • focusing on improving attendance levels for individual Māori children
  • embedding restorative and inclusive practices that foster a sense of belonging and valuing of diversity and difference within the school and community.

Developments for leaders and teachers include:

  • prioritising professional learning and development for teachers, including distributive leadership opportunities based on individual's interests and strengths
  • establishing of responsive and reciprocal relationships with external support agencies
  • improved teacher appraisal processes and practices, and the introduction of expectations and opportunities for teachers to evaluate the effectiveness of their practice
  • use of Ka Hikitia and the Hautu self-review tool to strengthen culturally responsive practices at all levels of the school.

3 Accelerating achievement

How effectively does this school respond to Māori children whose learning and achievement need acceleration?

The school responds well to Māori children whose learning and achievement need acceleration. A range of strategies and assessment tools are used to monitor their progress and achievement in reading, writing and mathematics. Regular collation and analysis of data identifies Māori children at risk of not achieving equitable outcomes. Individual goals are set, and progress and achievement is closely monitored. The intended impact of strategies, assessment tools, targeted programmes, and interventions and resourcing will be more clearly defined once the key next steps to strengthen classroom programmes are addressed and implemented.

How effectively does this school respond to other children whose learning and achievement need acceleration?

The effective practices implemented for Māori children whose learning and achievement needs acceleration are also successful in accelerating the learning and achievement of other children underachieving in reading, writing and mathematics.

The focus for 2016 is to review the teaching of reading, including the validity and reliability of overall teacher judgements in relation to reading National Standards. The principal maintains registers that closely monitor the progress and achievement of Māori children and others at risk of underachieving in reading, writing and mathematics. This register is shared with the board of trustees at regular intervals throughout the year. Trustees scrutinise the information shared and ensure that there is necessary resourcing to accelerate the achievement of Māori and other children.

4 School conditions

How effectively do the school’s curriculum and other organisational processes and practices develop and enact the school’s vision, values, goals and priorities for equity and excellence?

The school's broad curriculum and other organisational processes and practices enact the school's vision, values, goals and priorities for children. It is aligned to the NZC and reflects local and relevant contexts. A wide variety of opportunities are provided for children to engage in authentic learning within the school and wider community.

The principal leads learning across the school. Four new trustees, including the chairperson joined the board in 2013. Professional learning and development for teachers has focused on writing, mathematics and restorative practices.

Positive and respectful relationships are developed with children and their families. There are many opportunities for parents to be involved in school events and activities. Parents are well informed about their children's achievement through interviews, informal discussions and written reports. The school recognises the need to investigate and trial ways to further engage parents as partners in their children's learning.

Trustees are well informed, provide effective stewardship and maintain a consistent focus on strategic resourcing decisions that support equity and excellence for Māori and other children. The principal has a clear vision and high expectations for teaching and learning at Galatea School. She maintains a strong focus on building teacher capability and has established a professional learning culture among teachers.

Long-term aspirations for children are shared by the school and parent community. The aspirations are evidenced in children who demonstrate social and emotional competence and the resilience to persist with difficulty. In addition, children are encouraged and positively challenged to be confident and to participate and contribute in a range of cultural, local and regional contexts.

5 Going forward

How well placed is the school to achieve and sustain equitable and excellent outcomes for all children?

Leaders and teachers:

  • know the children whose learning and achievement need to be accelerated
  • respond to the strengths, needs and interests of each child
  • regularly evaluate how teaching is working for these children
  • do not always or systematically act on what they know works for each child
  • have a plan in place but have not yet built teacher capability effectively to achieve equitable outcomes for all children.

Galatea school provides a broad curriculum that reflects relevant local contexts for learning and motivates high levels of interest. The school is well placed to achieve and sustain equitable and excellent outcomes for all children. Trustees and school leaders maintain a strong focus on strengthening practices to improve the learning and achievement of all children.

Key next steps for Galatea School are to strengthen classroom programmes by teachers:

  • using assessment information more specifically to ensure consistently worthwhile, purposeful and challenging learning for individuals and groups of children
  • planning detailed, specific and deliberate teaching and learning strategies to meet identified learning needs
  • engaging in ongoing, critical reflection about the effectiveness of teaching for improving outcomes for children, leading to adaptations to practice and programmes as necessary
  • developing children's understanding and ownership of their own learning, progress and achievement
  • reviewing the appropriateness of assessment tools across the curriculum and how achievement data can be used more effectively to raise the achievement of all children.

Action: The board, principal and teachers should use the findings of this evaluation, the Effective School Evaluation resource, the Internal Evaluation: Good Practice exemplars and the School Evaluation Indicators to develop a Raising Achievement Plan to further develop processes and practices that respond effectively to the strengths and needs of children whose learning and achievement need to be accelerated.

As part of this review ERO will continue to monitor the school’s Raising Achievement plan and the progress the school makes. ERO is likely to carry out the next full review in three years.

6 Board assurance on legal requirements

Before the review the board of trustees and principal of the school completed the ERO board assurance statement and Self Audit Checklists. In these documents they attested that they had taken all reasonable steps to meet their legislative obligations related to the following:

  • Board administration.

  • Curriculum.

  • Management of health, safety and welfare.

  • Personnel management.

  • Asset management.

During the review, ERO checked the following items because they have a potentially high impact on student safety and wellbeing:

  • Emotional safety of students (including prevention of bullying and sexual harassment).

  • Physical safety of students.

  • Teacher registration.

  • Processes for appointing staff.

  • Stand down, suspensions, expulsions and exclusions.

  • Attendance.

  • Compliance with the provisions of the Vulnerable Children Act 2014. 

Lynda Pura-Watson

Deputy Chief Review Officer

30 June 2016 

About the school


Murupara, Bay of Plenty

Ministry of Education profile number


School type

Full Primary (Years 1 to 8)

School roll


Gender composition

Girls 49 Boys 46

Ethnic composition




South East Asian

Other European






Review team on site

February 2016

Date of this report

30 June 2016

Most recent ERO report(s)

Education Review

Education Review

Education Review

May 2013

June 2010

September 2007