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Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey is thrilled Pegasus Bay School and Karanga Mai Young Parents’ College have been granted two years’ funding to trial innovative teaching practices.

“I am looking forward to the success of these projects and the possibility that they could create models that will become part of common practice in schools around New Zealand,” Doocey said.

Pegasus Bay has secured $78,825.40 over two years to develop teacher practice around increasing student agency and whānau engagement in a modern learning environment. Karanga Mai has secured $142,360 over two years for their project to create enhanced learning opportunities for home-bound teen parents and their children.

“This funding is to trial new ways of doing things to increase achievement for students,” Doocey said.

“I believe students engage at a higher level and with more commitment when they feel empowered in the learning process.”

The schools’ projects are part of 46 selected in the second round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund, which supports teachers’ ideas where evidence shows they are working and which can be shared across schools.

Doocey said the fund was part of Government’s $359 million Investing in Educational Success initiative, which aims to encourage collaboration between schools to lift teaching practices for greater student achievement.

“This is great news, especially coming so soon after Karanga Mai won the 2016 Focus Prize in the Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards. We can be proud of outstanding educational achievements in our area,” Doocey said.

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