Home Group Meetings


Meeting #1 08

Home group meeting notes from the Ministry of Education L@S Feb 08

"We wanted to take a couple of minutes to outline/clarify the role of the Ministry of Education and the NFT through CORE Education in supporting you in the delivery of ICT PD cluster programme. Of course the MoE has final responsibility to government to ensure that the money is spent as effectively as possible in the delivery of quality PD opportunities, which is the purpose for which it is appropriated.

In the first instance this has been delegated in the spirit of partnership and collaboration between MOE, NSSF / core-ed and schools to the BoT of the lead school with whom there is a legal agreement. The BoT generally delegate that to the cluster management team.

The schools within the clusters are expected to take a collective responsibility for the success of the programme.This means that the principals of all schools in the cluster need to be either actively engaged or informed by the steering/group management of the cluster programme.

All schools and their BoT should be kept fully informed of the outcomes of the milestone reports, financial expenditure and performance of cluster personnel.

The NFT are your critical friends and advisors in the delivery of the cluster programme – their key goal is working through the cluster personnel to ensure the best possible professional programme it can be - but it is your programme not theirs. Your cluster facilitator has a legitimate interest in the work of the management committee and ensuring that all schools feel involved and engaged with the programme.

If a cluster cannot effectively deal with any issues that arise within their management processes (such as schools not engaging fully with the cluster, ineffective training programmes, or perceived uneven benefits or use of resources) then these issues must be raised in the first instance with your NF and the National facilitation team. They will work with the cluster steering group to resolve these issues wherever possible.

If this is unsuccessful the MoE can be contacted through Neil Melhuish who will work with the cluster in the matter. If a resolution cannot be reached then it is the role of the MoE to decide whether the programme, or school continues or the agreement is terminated. The Ministry also reviews the milestone reports and in
consultation with the NFT if the Ministry is unhappy with the performance of the cluster will meet with the management team to share its concerns and work to resolving these.

The Ministry works with Core-ed to provide a high quality facilitation support network to the cluster and the broader ICT pd community. However if you feel that your needs as a cluster are not being met then this must be raised with Marg McCleod as the project leader of the team. If after this process a satisfactory outcome has not been reached then Neil Melhuish will be approached and the Ministry will make the final decision on the issue."



After reading this transcript...what does this mean for the Meadowbank
Cluster Management Team?


There has already been positive start made within the cluster this year.
Here are a few ideas which may help all schools make fast and consistent progress over the next 3 years. Many of them you are already committed to...


  • having an expectation that every school leader within the cluster is actively involved in the contract programme including attending and contributing to workshops and designated meetings -

*Making sure that all school leaders own the contract goals and have these re-

Home Group Meeting #2

18 September 2008 Three Kings School

Auckland Home Group Wiki

Notes from Home Group meeting number 2

The first part of the day was given over to the revised curriculum document. The rest of the day was a split between practical hands on work and feed back from chosen clusters on their initiatives.

Mary-Anne Mills Core Education:

Mary-Ann posed many questions and challenged us about our current perspectives with regard to the curriculum.

Revised curriculum designed for us to work with it in a new way. It is a new opprtunity.

Are students experiencing engaging learning activities related to their world? We should regard the revised curriculum and an enabler.

Document designed to create entrepreneurial risk takers and foster a participatory culture

Flexibility, Clarity, Holistic with its interconnected nature, pedagogic importance and participatory.

Schools need to develp a vision, does that vision permeate the school? Does the school website emphasise this vision or does it simply give you ERO results, Newsletter and uniform prices?

We need to include all aspects of our respective communities in our future developments with the curriculum.
Schools need to manage change, they need to decide who to keep on board and who to involve fully in changes.

There are 6 levels of participation - where is our school on this chart?

  1. Manipulate
  2. Tokenism
  3. Consult
  4. Participant
  5. Partner
  6. Designer

Revised curriculum planning must focus on context and concepts and the inter related nature of things. Over time students must engage with all strands. What will, from a students perspective, a critical, objective, informed and responsible student look like? What are the outcomes we desire as a result?

What competencies does the student in the following clip portray?