Education Horowhenua Team
Education Horowhenua was established to bring together a community of educators from across all sectors with the purpose of improving educational outcomes for children and young people in the district.
It is a collective of agencies including representatives from primary, secondary and tertiary education providers, early childhood education (ECE’s), the Ministry of Education, local employers, iwi and local government.
Education Horowhenua feeds into the Horowhenua Community Wellbeing Executive, an official subcommittee of Council that includes regional wellbeing portfolio managers across Ministries, iwi and NGOs.
Council officers continue to advocate for, facilitate and coordinate the group, a self-driving community led board that has become a jewel in Horowhenua’s Community Wellbeing and Engagement framework.
A large number of projects have been initiated and nurtured by Education Horowhenua, engaging boards, schools, early childhood, employers, teachers, parents, whanau and students in a journey to improve educational outcomes.
Through Education Horowhenua’s civic leadership and engagement the community has taken a unified stand, resulting in some significant community wide educational improvements:
• NCEA level 2 achievement rates for Horowhenua 18 year olds increasing year-on-year from 59.7% (2011) to 74% (2014)
• ECE participation rates moving from 91.7% (2010) to 96.9% (2015)
• Student stand down rates below 100 (2014) across the district for the first time on record, almost a quarter of the 2007 and 2008 levels
• Transience rates (students switching education providers) down to 61% of 2011 levels at 2014