George Street Normal School

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We are in the process of shifting from event-based external reviews to supporting each school in a process of continuous improvement.

There may be delays between reviews for some schools and kura due to Covid-19 and while we transition to our new way of reviewing.

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Board Assurance with Regulatory and Legislative Requirements Report 2022 to 2025

As of February 2022, the George Street Normal 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 George Street Normal 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

16 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

Te Ara Huarau | School Profile Report

Background

This Profile Report was written within 14 months of the Education Review Office and George Street Normal 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 

George Street Normal School is a large Year 0 to 6 contributing primary school with 30 different nationalities represented.  At the end of 2019, the long-serving principal retired with a new principal beginning in August 2020.  The school continues to host a large number of student teachers, supporting their initial teacher education.

George Street Normal School’s strategic priorities for improving outcomes for learners are to:

  • ensure high quality teaching and learning outcomes

  • raise achievement for specific groups, in reading, writing and mathematics

  • promote an inclusive and supportive learning environment acknowledging students’ strengths and actively promoting the school values.

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

ERO and the school are working together to evaluate extending inclusive practices for equity and excellence.

The rationale for selecting this evaluation is:

  • school leaders want all students to feel that their culture is valued by the school

  • to improve educational outcomes for Māori and Pacific students through a more localised curriculum

  • to extend culturally responsive teaching practices.

The school expects to see that:

  • Māori and Pacific learners can see that their language, culture, and identity are valued by the school, especially by their teachers

  • learners targeted for accelerated progress will succeed and their families and whānau will experience strong, inclusive partnerships that support their child's learning. 

Strengths

The school can draw from the following strengths to support the school in its goal to extend inclusive practices for equity and excellence:

  • a specific evaluative plan that clarifies actions and provides indicators of success

  • the way in which the school’s vision and values are central to the wellbeing of all students and their families and whānau

  • leaders and teachers who actively seek and respond to new learning to improve outcomes for students

  • strong internal monitoring and information processing to support student achievement and progress

  • high levels of student achievement.

Where to next?

Moving forward, the school will prioritise:

  • the ongoing development of their localised curriculum and mātauranga Māori (for students and staff)

  • staff development to enhance culturally responsive teaching and learning

  • meaningfully reconnecting with families and whānau after COVID-19, continuing to support families and whānau as students re-engage with the school and their learning.

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

16 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