Strategic Priority Outcome - Education
The Porirua City Council has a direct interest in education under our new strategic priority that places children and young people at the centre of city decisions.
- Work with schools and other stakeholders to support educational success for children and young people in Porirua
- Provide high quality learning environments (eg libraries, museum) and programmes (eg art, history, culture, heritage, sustainability, environment and health) – see Other Council Services
- Partnerships (eg Schools Partnership Programme and Youth2Work Movement)
- Advocacy and facilitation between businesses, education sector and communities on local training, career and employment opportunities
- Provide and advocate for infrastructure expansion (eg Wi-Fi)
Improving educational outcomes for children and young people in Porirua has been identified as a priority by the community. Council is focusing on gaining a better understanding of education issues and challenges through community engagement and data analysis.
Educational success is also a government priority. Investing in Educational Success (IES) is the Government initiative (led by the Ministry of Education) aimed at lifting student achievement as well as offering new career opportunities for teachers and principals. As part of the IES, schools are being encouraged to establish local “Communities of Learning” to work systematically together to raise student achievement. These Communities set shared goals based on information about their students’ educational needs and work together to achieve them.
Porirua has three Communities of Learning (COLs) in the West, East and North of the City.
Education Act updated
The Education (Update) Amendment Bill passed its third and final reading on 11 May 2017 and his described by the Minister of the biggest reform to education in nearly 30 years. Changes take effect from 19 May 2017. A summary and schedule of changes can be found on the Ministry of Education website:
A wide range of performance-related education information is available on the Education Counts website (Ministry of Education), including:
City and Schools Partnership Programme
This programme is a partnership between schools and the Porirua City Council, facilitated by Partners Porirua – to foster strong citizenship values and give young people a voice in the city through the development of projects supported by schools and Council. The programme encourages active learning at schools about local government, civics and making things work at the local level - with strong linkages to our Village Planning programme. Find out more from the Partners Porirua website.
We’re keen to help schools get more involved in local village planning – putting communities in charge of developing a vision for their neighbourhoods and then partnering with Council to make it happen.
Thirteen communities are actively involved in the Programme – some are just starting, while others are well underway.
Contact Justine McDermott (Senior Advisor Partnerships) on 04 237 1614 or email email@example.com to chat about options.
Find out more on our Great Village and City Experience pages.
Youth 2 Work Movement
The Youth 2 Work Movement brings together students, educators (including tertiary), businesses and the community to work together to invest in quality education and enough jobs for young people in Porirua. The aim is to have all Porirua 18 and 19 year olds either earning or learning.
We have contracted Partners Porirua to coordinate Youth 2 Work activities. Find out more from the Partners Porirua website.
Free WiFi in City Centre
We launched a fast, free public Wi-Fi service throughout the city centre in December 2015, to give businesses and residents in the CBD the opportunity to sign up to a fibre broadband service at a fraction of the installation cost of other fibre packages. The service is part of our commitment to increasing foot traffic, as well as promoting commercial and residential growth in the city centre.
Free public Wi-Fi links well with educational services provided by us at Pātaka (including the central Porirua Library branch).