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Cook Islands Ministry of Education Statement of Intent 2010-2015

Cook Islands Ministry of Education Statement of Intent 2010-2015

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The Statement of Intent outlines the priorities of the Ministry of Education for the next five years (2010- 2015). It provides
stakeholders with an outline of priority areas, their purpose, specific outputs, desired outcomes and an undertaking from
the Ministry as to how progress towards these will be monitored. ....
The Statement of Intent outlines the priorities of the Ministry of Education for the next five years (2010- 2015). It provides
stakeholders with an outline of priority areas, their purpose, specific outputs, desired outcomes and an undertaking from
the Ministry as to how progress towards these will be monitored. ....

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Cook Islands Ministry of EducationStatement of Intent2010-2015
 
Statement of Intent
The Statement of Intent outlines the priorities of the Ministryof Education for the next five years (2010- 2015). It providesstakeholders with an outline of priority areas, their purpose,specific outputs, desired outcomes and an undertaking fromthe Ministry as to how progress towards these will bemonitored.The priorities are indicative of the current position of education in the Cook Islands. Whilst not detracting from thegoals in entirety of the Education Master Plan, the prioritiesreflect the areas that the Ministry believes are required as abase for the remaining goals to be achieved and are areaswhere considerable gains need to and can be made. Thestatement also reflects the priorities set out in the NationalSustainable Development Plan.Achieving the outcomes of this statement will allow theMinistry to live its vision and support the achievement of national, regional and international goals.
Vision:The Ministry of Education values the unique nature of the Cook Islands.We contribute to the effective governance of our country and are recognised as leaders ineducation throughout the region.The Ministry of Education provides a dynamic and professional environment which promotesand supports life long learning through the provision of quality services.
Ministry of Education, 2009This Ministry vision works to support the Education Sector vision to
 
“build the skills, knowledge, attitudesand values of Cook Islanders to put their capabilities to best use in all areas of their lives
”.
Ministry of Education, 2008
 
 
 
Priority Outcome 1
:
Parents and the community have confidence in their own and the Ministry’s ability to support quality learning and development for the very young.
 
Why?
Quality early childhood education and the skills it develops in the very young sets a base for positiveeducational outcomes in formal schooling. Parents and the community have an important role to play in thisdevelopment and the Ministry must make sure it supports parents in this role as well as continuing to focus on qualitypersonnel and resources in the Early Childhood sector.
How?
1.
 
Increased participation – although most young Cook Islands’ children do attend an ECE Centre, there are stillsome children who do not have equity of access or participation. The Ministry will focus on engaging thesechildren in early childhood education through awareness and media programmes and individual communitybased responses.2.
 
Quality Learning – the Ministry will continue to support the professional development of ECE teachers andAdvisory staff and the development of ECE specific quality assurance programmes.3.
 
Parental Support – the Ministry will further develop and implement the Te Kakaia programme to supportparents in being the leaders of their child’s education.4.
 
ECE Resourcing – resourcing for ECE (human, learning and consumables) is tagged within school budgets.5.
 
Pay parity for ECE teachers with teachers at primary and secondary level.6.
 
Provision of physical learning environments which reflect health and safety requirements and curriculumintent.
Evidence of Success
:1.
 
Gross Enrolment Rate for Early Childhood Education at least 95% across all islands.2.
 
Successful completion of ECE specific courses and qualifications by teachers and advisory staff.3.
 
ECE specific resourcing available in schools (including pay parity).4.
 
Te Kakaia programmes successfully run to support parents in understanding learning and development in thevery young.5.
 
ECE buildings and environments are fit for their intended purpose.
Priority Outcome 2:
 
That every child is literate and numerate by the end of Year 8 
 
Why?
Literacy and Numeracy are the foundation skills for all other learning. They also provide the foundation for lifeskills that all individuals need to be active members of their communities. Success in literacy and numeracy leads topositive learning outcomes in all essential learning areas of the Cook Islands Curriculum. The target of year 8 is toensure that students have the skills needed to access opportunities at secondary school level and to be able tosuccessfully gain recognized qualifications. The Ministry of Education considers attainment in both Maori and Englishto be a requirement of the literate learner.
How?
1. Lead Teacher Programmes – professional and effective lead teachers in schools to support, monitor andevaluate classroom programmes in literacy and numeracy.2. Resourcing - a focus on resourcing Maori language with relevant high quality resources at all levels oeducation.3. The development of resourcing formulae for literacy and numeracy.4. Assessment Tools to improve learning – a range of assessment tools are used by teachers to assess learning inliteracy and numeracy to inform the next steps for individual learners and allow for reliable and validmonitoring at a national level.5. Research on literacy and numeracy - research by advisors and teachers to investigate and utilise best practicemodels in literacy and numeracy for the Cook Islands.

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