Local schools receive funding for innovative projects

Selwyn news
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Selwyn MP Amy Adams has welcomed the allocation of Government funding to Diamond Harbour School and Darfield Primary School to trial innovative teaching approaches.

Diamond Harbour School and its partner Kidsfirst Diamond Harbour Early Learning Centre have been allocated $49,900 for an inquiry project which aims to connect mathematical learning across early childhood education (ECE) and year 1 of primary school.

Meanwhile Darfield Primary School and its partner Annabels Educare of Darfield will receive $79,500 for their project, which focuses on the transition between ECE and primary schooling in relation to literacy achievement.

Both projects are supported by the University of Canterbury and are for a term of two years.

Ms Adams says she is looking forward to seeing the results of both projects, which are among 46 selected in this second round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund.

“I’m happy to see our local education providers working together to raise achievement for children here in Selwyn,” Ms Adams said.

“This fund supports teachers’ bright ideas that evidence shows are working and can be shared across schools. It is part of the Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative which aims to encourage collaboration between schools to enhance teaching practices and help Kiwi students achieve at even higher levels.”

This round of the fund involves 114 schools and six ECE providers, and has committed approximately $3.6 million of the $18 million fund. The next funding round will open in November. 

“These projects will trial new ways of doing things, all with the aim to increase achievement for young New Zealanders.  Where these projects are successful, other schools will be able to learn from the successes as well so that excellent practice becomes common practice,” Ms Adams said.

More information on the fund is available at: http://www.education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/specific-initiatives/investing-in-educational-success/teacher-led-innovation-fund.