Out of over 2,500 schools in NZ, only a small number (listed below) seem to have so far joined the IES (Investing in Educational Success) clusters of schools.
Of the almost 2000 primary and intermediate schools, only 58 have signed up according to this list.
Given NZEI are currently negotiating their Better Plan initiative and the strong NZEI vote against IES in August 2014, it is intriguing that even 58 schools have signed up. There are rumours whirling that some schools were signed up against their wishes, but I have no firm evidence for this, so who knows.
And given the PPTA and high schools’ much more positive reaction to IES, it’s perhaps a little surprising so few colleges that have joined at this point.
It’s interesting to look at the Auckland clusters, where all but three schools are decile 9 and 10 and the lowest decile school is 7, and consider why that might be and how much value that is adding to the overall fabric of our education system. Where are the lower decile schools, and why?
And no charter schools. Why?
Anyway, there is much to ponder, and IES and the Better Plan will unfold as the year goes on.
For now, here are the lists – make of them what you will:
If you know of any not listed here, or listed by accident, please let us know. And, of course, comments are always welcome.
Sources and further info: http://www.education.govt.nz/ministry-of-education/specific-initiatives/investing-in-educational-success/