What leaders are saying about COVID absenteeism

Even during the COVID-19 year, both primary and high school leaders from low decile schools reported measurable gains.

Shirley Hardcastle, Principal of Viscount Primary School

RT3T™ made a huge impact despite disruptions, COVID and time out of school.

The teachers love it.

What high school leaders have said

Keir Whipp, now a Deputy Principal at Botany Downs Secondary College, and previously a Deputy Principal at Mangere College

It’s the only thing that works.

I love the collaborative group approach – the tuakana-teina model where students learn together with each other and from each other.
This is ako.
It’s the only thing that works!
It’s a strategy that promotes student-agency, self-confidence and is fun.

Principal of one of our largest secondary schools

We definitely would like to be involved further because of significant progress within our junior school from 2015 onwards

Senior secondary school leader

When each teacher builds in the elements into all their classes, the overall effect is much more than just the accelerated learning of the targeted classes

What primary and intermediate leaders have said

Margaret Palmer, former Principal, and Therese Bakker, Deputy Principal, of Waterlea Primary School

Reciprocal Teaching-RT3T™ has been running at Waterlea School for the past 4 years. It started with a RTeach facilitator working alongside our teachers and coaching them for the delivery of RT3T™.

The RTeach service was effective in providing continuity of professional learning opportunities through: observations, feedback, attendance at team meetings and keeping up constant communication. The programme provider was always looking for ways to improve the implementation both at the teacher training level and in the approach with students.

We have continued with the RT3T™ programme because we believe and have evidence to support it is making a positive difference for all learners and in particular our priority learners. We have noted RTeach provides strategies that foster deep thinking, problem solving and self-management. When using these strategies learners, who are decoding at a lower level, are able to engage with texts at a higher level. The flow on effect of this has meant the self-efficacy of these learners also improved. Another benefit we observed for our students was the transfer of strategies into other learning areas.

We continue with RT3T™ as it has made a positive difference to all learners in raising their skills, ability to reach expectations of the key competencies and growth in their self-esteem and confidence.

RT3T™ puts the student at the centre providing agency to which our children respond positively.

Diana Peri, former principal of Oranga School

The updated Reciprocal Teaching method has many benefits for children and for teachers. For teachers, the evidence-based programme provides in-depth, responsive strategies that foster deep thinking, problem solving and self-management.

While this has been used primarily for the teaching of reading at Oranga School, the potential for using the strategies in other learning areas has been recognised.

Students at Oranga School responded with enthusiasm and accelerated progress. They reported a greater sense of self-confidence and agency, and enjoyment in their learning.

At Oranga, five Year 4 to 6 classes and their teachers participated in a BES research project with Julia Westera in 2014.

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