A nurturing school for students with health issues
It can be a worrying time when your child is forced to miss school due to illness or accident, however we at the Northern Health School can help.
We are one of three New Zealand health schools providing community, in-home and hospital based teaching to school aged students who are too unwell to attend their regular school.
The learner is the reason and the focus of all we do.
Every learner receives an education, no matter what their illness, where they live, or what path they want to follow.
The learners’ voices and choices are central to everything.
High quality staff deliver consistency and cohesiveness across the school.
Commitment to learning and the learner.
Compassion inherent in all that we do.
Achievement through setting and achieving learner-centered goals.
Respect for culture, diversity and each other.
Equity of opportunity for all learners.
Northern Health School Board Response to the Review
The Northern Health School Board are happy to share the results of the last Education Review Office review with our community. The review highlights a number of very positive areas of performance, which is pleasing and highlights the way our staff work hard to support students and to meet their needs through individualised programmes of work.
By the end of 2020, we had 1262 students enrolled and learning at our school, across 18 sites.
The review comments positively on the way the school is working to develop links with local communities including local Iwi. This is an area that the Board has prioritised, along with working to increase the skills and capabilities of our staff and ourselves. Developments in this area include Beyond Diversity training for all staff and Te Tiriti o Waitangi training for the Board, which led to the adoption of a Te Tiriti Policy for the school.
It is pleasing to see the comments about developments in the area of wellbeing. The work our staff undertake makes this a very important area and this is also included in our charter goals.
The Board continue to ensure that the principal’s performance appraisal is completed in a timely manner and have changed their practice to include external contractors in this area each year. The Board have also, updated the policies mentioned in the report as part of their regular policy review cycle. The Board feel confident that they have a sound complaints policy framework and meeting procedure in place.
The school continues to work on ways of reporting on student progress. This has always been a challenge for our school, as the average time on the roll is 6 months, with many students on the roll for relatively short periods of time. We don’t have groups of students moving from one year level to the next.
The school is working to implement the Learning Progressions Framework as a tool for both tracking student progress and looking at trends across time, ethnicity, gender and health conditions. This work is already providing more detailed information for a larger number of students than previously.
The Board are confident that the school is providing a high level of support for students and their whanau and that there is a strong focus on reflection and improvement.
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