31 Mar 2015

Kura asked to improve teaching

6:34 am on 31 March 2015

A small, all-Maori western Bay of Plenty school has been told it still needs to continue improving its quality of education.

The Education Review Office delivered its latest report on Te Kura o Te Moutere o Matakana, which used Nga Whanaketanga Rumaki Maori - a version of national standards.

Based on Matakana Island near Tauranga, the school was so isolated that its staff receive special allowances to live and work there.

According to the Education Review Office, the kura had a mixed history, with the office over ongoing questions about the quality of the education provided to the 28 students - all of them Maori.

ERO said in the past year the principal and the classroom teacher resigned and there had been changes to the board of trustees.

It said the school was not yet well-placed to maintain and improve its performance.

ERO will pay the two-room kura another visit within the next two years.

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