Durie Hill School

Durie Hill School

Background

This Profile Report was written within 14 months of the Education Review Office and Durie Hill School 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 

Durie Hill School is located in Whanganui and caters for students in Years 1 to 6.

Durie Hill School’s strategic priorities for improving outcomes for learners are to:

  • encourage and enable all students to attain their highest standard of achievement in literacy and numeracy
  • engage learners effectively in a localised and student responsive curriculum
  • foster a school culture enabling positive and confident learners
  • foster and support hauora and wellbeing
  • improve learner capability with the use of digital technologies and develop learner knowledge and understanding about digital technologies.   

You can find a copy of the school’s strategic and annual plan on Durie Hill School’s website.

ERO and the school are working together to evaluate: How effectively delivery of the school’s literacy curriculum achieves equity and excellence for students?  

The rationale for selecting this evaluation is:

In 2021, school leaders and ERO worked together to explore and design an evaluation plan focused on achieving equity and excellence for students working toward curriculum expectations in writing. At the end of 2021, reported achievement information shows some targeted learners accelerated their progress with significant gains reported for individuals involved in a literacy intervention programme. In 2022, leaders and teachers are continuing professional learning and development (PLD) in literacy to build their collective practice that promotes equity and excellence for students.

 The school expects to see:

  • equity and excellence for students and accelerated progress for learners working toward curriculum expectations in literacy
  • effective teaching and learning of literacy, reflective of new approaches and strategies gained through involvement in PLD
  • the schools localised curriculum reflects shared expectations for teaching, learning and culturally responsive practice in delivery of the literacy curriculum.

Strengths

The school can draw from the following strengths to support their goal of achieving equity and excellence for students in literacy:

  • leaders’ decision making reflects their ongoing commitment to achieve the school’s strategic goals
  • assessment systems, processes and practices are appropriately used to identify, monitor, and report the progress and achievement of students  
  • participation of staff in relevant PLD is suitably building their collective capability and practice and aligned to the school’s curriculum and achievement priorities
  • literacy intervention has shown to effectively improve the progress of learners working toward curriculum expectations.

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:

  • a collaborative revision of the school’s annual plan to identify specific targets, align actions and identify expected outcomes to guide continuous improvement and provide a basis to inform evaluation
  • continuing to build the collective capability and practice of staff through their ongoing participation in PLD
  • further review, and make evidenced changes, to Durie Hill School curriculum to reflect shared best practice expectations in the delivery of literacy and culturally responsive practice.

ERO’s role will be to support the school in its evaluation for improvement cycle to improve outcomes for all learners. ERO will support the school in reporting their progress to the community. The next public report on ERO’s website will be a Te Ara Huarau | School Evaluation Report and is due within three years.

 

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

25 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

Durie Hill School

Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report 2021 to 2024

As of September 2021, the Durie Hill School 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 Durie Hill School 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
25 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