Whakarewarewa Primary is a decile 2, duel medium, full primary school in Rotorua. Despite industrious efforts to improve literacy achievement data over the last five year, approximately 70% of students literacy achievement remained 'below' or 'well below' expectation in relation to National Standards. After 1 year of Te Toi Tupu Literacy facilitator support and one year of ALL (Accelerated Literacy Learning) Mentoring in 2015, the Whakarewarewa team have transformed their student achievement with 70% of students achievement now 'at' or 'above expectation' in Writing, and 72% achieving 'at' or 'above expectation' in Reading.
This transformational shift has left the Principal and Literacy Leader in the enviable position of strategically planning how they will continue this accelerated learning trajectory by accelerating students working 'at expectation', to 'above expectation'. A very happy dilemma for any leadership team.
This has been done with a strategic focus on Alton Lees (BES) Four levers of Change, and the development and activation of; educationally powerful connections with family, whanau, iwi and community, robust teaching as inquiry process and PLG’s (professional Learning Groups), high impact literacy pedagogy development, and the leadership conditions to support this development.
This acceleration has been achieved in partnership with teachers, parents, whanau and iwi and this change story has led to a 25% increase in the Whakarewarewa school roll.
Story submitted by Colleen Wills (Literacy Faciltator).
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