Dunsandel School

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Te Ara Huarau | School Profile Report

Background

This Profile Report was written within twelve months of the Education Review Office and Dunsandel 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 

Dunsandel School is a state co-educational, contributing school located in Dunsandel and caters for students in Years 1 to 6.

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

  • implement programs and practices that emphasise student and staff wellbeing

  • establish programmes that provide students with a variety of opportunities and experiences and improve teaching and learning strategies.

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

ERO and the school are working together to evaluate the extent to which incorporation of wellbeing initiatives in the delivery of the local curriculum contributes to positive outcomes in student and staff wellbeing at Dunsandel School.

The rationale for selecting this evaluation is:

  • recent traumatic events have affected the school community
  • strengthening of wellbeing is a focus for the school and the Kāhui Ako

  • the focus on wellbeing is linked to the school's vision, PRIDE values, strategic plan, and goals. 

Strengths

The school can draw from the following strengths to support the school in its goal to enhance student and staff wellbeing:

  • teachers effectively use research, different teaching approaches and regular evaluation to identify what initiatives have the greatest impact for students whose progress needs to be accelerated

  • there is a growing capability of the principal and staff to support and promote positive mental health, wellbeing, and resilience for both students and staff.

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:

  • developing and implementing wellbeing programmes as a school in collaboration with the Ngā Mātāpuna o te Waihora Kāhui Ako

  • monitoring the impact of the implementation of wellbeing initiatives on excellence and equity in achievement of all students

  • continuing to encourage and support Māori children to succeed as Māori.

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.

Dr Lesley Patterson
Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

14 June 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

Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report 2022 to 2025

As of March 2022, the Dunsandel 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 Dunsandel 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.

Dr Lesley Patterson
Director Review and Improvement Services (Southern)
Southern Region | Te Tai Tini

14 June 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