Our Governance Group recently ratified our 2018 - 2020 VLN Primary Charter. Thanks to our schools' community for your input that helped shape our key strategic document. Here are some of the changes that we made.
Compared to our previous Charter, this version has a vision statement that focuses on learners instead of schools. Learners/ ākonga are our children, our teachers, our parents, whānau & community.
Many of the previous goals have been met and no longer appear in this charter, for example ensuring children have access to email, devices and online tools. We now consider this to be a pre-requisite for participation and not a goal in itself.
We have maintained many of our key goals, particularly those around meeting the needs of our learners and supporting student led opportunities.
We believe we can do more for our students and articulated that in our vision statement "Connected Passionate Purposeful Learners". We have more specific goals around improving teaching and learning through PLD, building our learning community and developing systems and structures that support this. This would value and recognise the importance of quality teachers to the online learners and an ongoing need for targeted and timely professional learning & support.
We have created a separate goal to recognise Te Tiriti o Waitangi, that focuses on the needs of Māori learners, this had previously been part of our wider cultural goals. This recognises the importance of empowering our Māori learners and valuing our bi-cultural heritage.
The online learning environment is recognised as part of the wider learning environment of students’ home, school and community. Students become more self-managing, engaged and active in their learning. Parents & whānau, teachers and eteachers work in collaboration to support students in a blended learning environment.
We know that online learning is not just about the VLN Primary School and we have a role to support existing clusters of schools and Kāhui Ako to grow their capacity to collaborate and learn online.
We are positioning ourselves to be part of the development of CoOLs. We have a wealth of experience to contribute and want to engage actively in developing guidelines that are robust and best meet the needs of our NZ learners and their whānau.
You can view our charter here or download the attached file.