Spotswood College

Spotswood College

Te Ara Huarau | School Profile Report

Background

This Profile Report was written within 12 months of the Education Review Office and Spotswood College working in Te Ara Huarau, an improvement evaluation approach used in most English Medium State and State Integrated Schools. For more information about Te Ara Huarau see ERO’s website. www.ero.govt.nz

Context 

Located in New Plymouth, Spotswood College, Te Kura Tuarua o Ngāmotu, is a co-educational school providing education for learners in Years 9 to 13.

Spotswood College’s strategic priorities for improving outcomes for students are:

  • to ensure teaching and learning is visible, deep and culturally responsive
  • to embed new curriculum and build capacity of leaders of learning to improve engagement, achievement and retention
  • to grow staff, learners/ākonga, whānau, hapū and iwi partnerships alongside local and global community partnerships
  • to build leadership skills in middle leaders, learners and the board.

You can find a copy of the school’s strategic and annual plan on Spotswood College’s website.

ERO and the school are working together to evaluate how effectively the school is addressing equity through the strengthening of whānau, hapū and iwi partnerships to meet the needs of all learners/ākonga in a Te Tiriti o Waitangi led school.

The rationale for selecting this evaluation is:

  • the school has identified partnerships for learning as a key support for ākonga learning and achievement
  • to identify more equitable ways to engage learners, whānau, hapū and iwi in co-constructing a curriculum to meet the needs of learners/ākonga and match aspirations of whānau.

The school expects to see:

  • parity of outcomes for all students
  • improved levels of engagement, attendance and retention for all learners and particularly Māori, Pacific and those with additional learning needs
  • strengthened partnerships for learning with whānau, hapū and iwi.

Strengths

The school can draw from the following strengths to support its goal to address equity through partnerships for learning with whānau, hapū and iwi:

  • a strong values-driven school where inclusiveness and cultural responsiveness are prioritised
  • leadership that has a relentless focus on equitable and excellent outcomes through partnerships for learning
  • curriculum that places the student at the centre of their learning and responds to their needs, interests and passions
  • established internal evaluation practices to support robust decision-making for improved outcomes.

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:

  • ensuring Te Tiriti o Waitangi is at the forefront of all decision-making
  • implementing the evaluation action plan informed by whānau, hapū and iwi aspirations and guided by the collaboratively developed model for change (Korekoreka)
  • ongoing professional learning and mātauranga Māori school-wide
  • shifts in the school systems and structures to support Māori success.

Phil Cowie
Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)
Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

11 July 2022 

About the School

The Education Counts website provides further information about the school’s student population, student engagement and student achievement.  educationcounts.govt.nz/home

Spotswood College

Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report to 2022 to 2025

As of February 2022, the Spotswood College Board of Trustees has attested to the following regulatory and legislative requirements:

Board Administration

Yes

Curriculum

Yes

Management of Health, Safety and Welfare

Yes

Personnel Management

Yes

Finance

Yes

Assets

Yes

Further Information

For further information please contact Spotswood College Board of Trustees.

The next Board of Trustees assurance that it is meeting regulatory and legislative requirements will be reported, along with the Te Ara Huarau | School Evaluation Report, within three years.

Information on ERO’s role and process in this review can be found on the Education Review Office website.

Phil Cowie
Director Review and Improvement Services (Central)
Central Region | Te Tai Pūtahi Nui

11 July 2022 

About the School

The Education Counts website provides further information about the school’s student population, student engagement and student achievement. educationcounts.govt.nz/home