Removing barriers to success in learning; Understanding neurodiversity to enable success

Trish Purdie-Nicholls, Lake Rerewhakaaitu School
2019 Bright Spots Awardee

This project will build on and evaluate the work already being undertaken at Lake Rere to support their diverse learners. Their initiative involves understanding the strengths of each student and building the capacity of teachers to work effectively with diverse learners. The school are also keen to extend their learning and new initiatives across other schools in their Kahui Ako.

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BRIGHT SPOTS SUPPORTED PROJECTS

Raising Scientific Literacy in Primary and Intermediate Schools

House of Science NZ
This charitable trust is busy developing and delivering resources to improve science programmes in New Zealand's primary schools

Seeing Learning Better

Auckland Grammar School
Developing a more impactful way of providing guidance to new teachers, to ensure they receive more support and mentoring

Removing barriers to success in learning; Understanding neurodiversity to enable success

Lake Rerewhakaaitu School
This initiative involves understanding the strengths of each student and building the capacity of teachers to work effectively with diverse learners.

Enhancing Student Achievement through Teacher Inquiry and Collaborative Quantitative Analysis

Gisborne Boys’ High School
Through an innovative reporting tool, Gisborne teacher Darcy Fawcett is working to help teachers evaluate their initiatives and improve student outcomes.

Unlock achievement

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Micro-credentialing in secondary school classrooms aims to make the language of NCEA assessment more engaging for students and their parents.

The Student at the Centre

Wellington High School
Maths teacher Bernie Wills proposed “flipping” teaching and assessment practices in order to put the student at the centre of their learning.

Te Waka STEM Innovation Hub

Tauhara College
A pilot programme for Year 9 students aims to improve engagement and enrolment in STEM subjects among Māori girls in particular.

Oracy Framework

BSA Burnside Primary School
A partnership with a speech language therapist is enabling teachers to explore how they can improve pupils' language skills of new entrants