It is very difficult to work in education and not hear the name of John Hattie. A New Zealander by birth, Hattie has devoted a lot of his academic career to identifying what makes the greatest difference in schools – in particular, to advertising what brings about the greatest growth in student learning.
After the Christchurch earthquake of 2011, schools closed for many weeks. There was no opportunity to prepare for online learning, and with such intense disruption, many students could not access learning at all. Hattie found that, despite this real challenge, average attainment was actually higher for many students in the final exams. The same was true after Hurricane Katrina in the USA in 2005. Despite the significant displacement, the impact on overall learning was minimal.
A number of parents have expressed concern about the overall impact upon learning of any missed time in the classroom. Please do read the article below. What we are experiencing is NOT ideal; indeed, it is incredibly challenging for all of us. But we will get through this. Your children are incredibly resilient and are already adapting very well to this new world.
Lastly, please be reassured that as Principal I am tracking, with the support of teachers, engagement, learning and progress of all children. The academic work you are supporting at home is being marked, and the growth recorded – for every child. I am also pleased to report that every day I can see the progress as our teachers across P-12 keep updating the reports.
Thank you very much for your support. It is greatly appreciated.
Mr Chris Gabbett