Date
19 January 2020

Establish a culture based on high expectations for all

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High expectations for all learners

High expectations for all learners

Brooke Houghton describes how she knows her students and has high expectations for them all.

Investigate students’ expectations

Investigate students’ expectations

  • What messages do school leaders communicate about their expectations for all students?
  • How are these messages received?
  • To what extent do students understand and share the expectations we have for them?
  • What outcomes do they themselves value?
  • What are their current expectations for themselves?
  • Are our expectations for our learners reflected in their achievements?

Source: Adapted from the Ministry of Education, New Zealand Curriculum Update – The principle of high expectations (opens in a new tab/window)

Ensure equitable access to quality teaching

Ensure equitable access to quality teaching

When Jack’s school became aware in year 13 that Jack intended to continue on to university, he received support and encouragement.

He was put into the top English class with a teacher who spent extra time going over essay structure and giving Jack the tools for getting his ideas down clearly.

Maths, which continues to be an area of weakness, became a target subject to ensure that Jack had the appropriate numeracy credits for University Entrance.

Support students' ambitions

Support students' ambitions

Katrina talks about her ambition to become a kindergarten teacher.

She describes how the school is supporting her to achieve this goal.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

The principle of high expectations – New Zealand Curriculum Update 22

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Develop flexible systems to support all students”:

Return to the guide “Preparing students to leave school”

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