Aotea College in Wellington is one of 25 schools and early learning services to benefit from the latest round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TILF).

Aotea College principal, Kate Gainsford said her teachers are very excited about the funding.

“This fund will see an already strong and innovative teaching team do research into a group teaching model in performing arts.”

The fund supports teams of teachers to develop innovative practices that improve learning outcomes especially for students who are Māori, Pacific, students with additional learning needs or students who are disadvantaged.

Education Minister Chris Hipkins said there are some really exciting projects this year. Several of the projects involve collaboration across a number of schools and services.

“One of them explores opportunities for students to write in their own language and work through the translating process with their family to increase cultural awareness and promote a more inclusive classroom.”

Mount Roskill Primary School in Auckland was another recipient, intending the funding to look at how teachers implementing Makerspace pedagogy in the mainstream classroom will have an impact on student achievement and the development of key competencies.

“The fund helps teachers bring in additional expertise. This could include, cultural advisors, academics with specialist knowledge and external support to help evaluate the impact of their project,” says Hipkins.

The schools and early learning services received a total of $1.78 million in the latest round of the $18 million Teacher-led Innovation Fund (TLIF). More than 140 projects received a total of $10 million from the teacher-led innovation fund in the past four years.

More information about the fund can be found here.  

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