Nick Smith - Nelson MP, Minister National Government

Two Nelson Schools funded to trial innovative teaching approaches


Nelson MP Nick Smith says he can’t wait to see the results of the projects by Nayland College and Hampden Street School, which have been given more than $66,000 as part of a $10 million fund to encourage innovative teaching practices.

“I’m happy to see our local education providers working together for the benefit of children here in Nelson,” Nick said.

“The Nayland College project, supported by Nelson College for Girls will look at blended learning tools for e-learning student engagement and teacher effectiveness. It has received $40,000 funding and will run for three years.

Hampden Street School has received $26,592 for an 18 month project which will be supported by Wakefield School. It will look at how student led teaching practices in modern learning environments improve literacy learning.  

“These projects are two of 39 selected in the first round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund – part of National’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative.  The initiative aims to encourage collaboration between schools and lift teaching practice.”

This current funding round is committing about $2.6 million of the $10 million fund.  The next funding round will open in November. 

“These projects will trial new ways of doing things, and undertake important research.  National’s unrelenting focus is on raising achievement for all students, and where these projects are successful, other schools will be able to learn from the successes,” Nick Smith said.

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