Strategic Priority Outcome - Education
The Council has a direct interest in education under our new strategic priority that places children and young people at the centre of city decisions.
- Work with schools and other stakeholders to support educational success for children and young people in Porirua
- Provide high quality learning environments (eg libraries, museum) and programmes (eg art, history, culture, heritage, sustainability, environment and health) – see Other Council Services
- Partnerships (eg Schools Partnership Programme and Youth2Work Movement)
- Advocacy and facilitation between businesses, education sector and communities on local training, career and employment opportunities
- Support schools as community hubs
- Provide and advocate for infrastructure expansion (eg Wi-Fi)
Improving educational outcomes for children and young people in Porirua has been identified as a major priority by the community. Outcomes the Council is focusing on include:
- gaining a better understanding of education issues and challenges through community engagement and data analysis (including preparation of an annual Status Report on the wellbeing of children and young people in Porirua across a range of socio-economic indicators)
- developing a community education plan (in partnership with Ministry of Education, schools and community), including an agreed approach to education in Porirua
Investing in Educational Success (IES) is a Government initiative (led by the Ministry of Education) aimed at lifting student achievement as well as offering new career opportunities for teachers and principals. As part of the IES, schools are being encouraged to establish local “Communities of Learning” to work systematically together to raise student achievement. These Communities set shared goals based on information about their students’ educational needs and work together to achieve them.
In November 2015, Education Minister Hekia Parata announced that three new Communities of Learning had been established in Porirua – bringing the total to 96 Communities of Learning - encompassing about a third of all schools in New Zealand.
Public consultation – Education Act update
The Ministry of Education has proposed changes to the Education Act to bring it up to date and reflect New Zealand now, and for the future. Consultation details here – submissions closed 14 December 2015.
Views were sought on five main topics:
- Making sure everyone knows the goals for education
- Supporting school and kura boards to focus on what’s important
- Enabling collaboration, flexibility and innovation - how resources can be better focused.
- Making every school and kura a great one – including how a graduated range of responses could be developed to better support schools when difficulties arise
- Making best use of local education provision - how local arrangements can support choice and diversity
A wide range of performance-related education information is available on the Education Counts website (Ministry of Education), including:
Schools as Community Hubs
The Council is working with schools, businesses and community organisations to identify opportunities to partner with community projects – and get the best value for ratepayer’s investment. Recognising that schools are significant community hubs is acknowledged across a range of Council initiatives.
Schools Partnership Programme
This programme is a partnership between schools and the Porirua City Council, facilitated by Partners Porirua – to foster strong citizenship values and give young people a voice in the city through the development of projects supported by schools and Council. The programme encourages active learning at schools about local government, civics and making things work at the local level - with strong linkages to the Council's Village Planning programme. Find out more from the Partners Porirua website.
We’re keen to help schools get more involved in local village planning – putting communities in charge of developing a vision for their neighbourhoods and then partnering with Council to make it happen.
Fourteen communities are actively involved in the Programme – some are just starting, while others are well underway.
Contact Justine McDermott (Senior Advisor Partnerships) on 04 237 1614 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat about options.
Find out more on our Great Village and City Experience pages.
Youth 2 Work Movement
The Youth 2 Work Movement brings together students, educators (including tertiary), businesses and the community to work together to invest in quality education and enough jobs for young people in Porirua. The aim is to have all Porirua 18 and 19 year olds either earning or learning.
The Council has contracted Partners Porirua to coordinate Youth 2 Work activities. Find out more from the Partners Porirua website.
As a member of the Youth 2 Work Movement, the Council is committed to being a youth-friendly employer, providing a range of initiatives such as work experience and employment opportunities for young people, such as:
cadetships and exchange programmes
Gateway programmes with schools
participation in events to promote employment and education (eg career expos) and/or
participation in the Pathways to Employment programme (MSD)
participation in the Porirua Youth Awards (Partners Porirua) to acknowledge and celebrate our young people who are outstanding and excellent in both attainment and attitude
participation in the Young Employee Award (Westpac Porirua Business Excellence Awards, Porirua Chamber of Commerce)
Free WiFi in City Centre
The Council launched a fast, free public Wi-Fi service throughout the city centre in December 2015, to give businesses and residents in the CBD the opportunity to sign up to a fibre broadband service at a fraction of the installation cost of other fibre packages. The service is part of the Council’s commitment to increasing foot traffic, as well as promoting commercial and residential growth in the city centre.
Free public Wi-Fi links well with educational services provided by the Council at Pataka (including the central Porirua Library branch).