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ECE Summit Report 2008
Published Date: May 2008
Article Code : 023

This document provides a summary of keynote addresses, presentations and feedback, provided by participants at the Manukau Early Childhood Education (ECE) Summit held in Manukau on 4 April 2008.

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Local government as a champion for education (August 2008)
Published Date: August 2008
Article Code : 021

Schools Plus will only deliver on achievement for the hardest-to-reach students when a whole-of-community approach is applied. Councils are well placed to facilitate achievement of the School Plus goal, argues Bernardine Vester.(Article)

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Quality in Early Childhood Education: A Manukau Perspective (January 2008)
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Article Code : 016

Overseas and New Zealand research clearly shows that there are improved educational outcomes for children who receive quality ECE. In particular, it underlines the importance of providing children with high quality staff-child interaction in their ECE experience. The New Zealand Early Childhood 10 year strategic plan "Pathways to the Future" reflects this in that a key aim is to increase participation in quality ECE services.

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Children's/Family Centres: An Integrated Approach to Supporting Families with Children (January 2008)
Published Date: January 2008
Article Code : 015

This paper calls for more integrated services for high-needs families in Manukau.

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Early Childhood Education in Manukau: A Stocktake (August 2007)
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Article Code : 013

This paper is a stocktake of the provision of and participation in formal Early Childhood Education (ECE) in Manukau and also briefly signals the need to ensure quality ECE within different settings, both formal and informal.

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Governance and Complex Urban Campus Schools (October 2007)
Published Date: October 2007
Article Code : 012

Are the current arrangements suitably flexible for schools for the 21st century? This paper - a response to a stocktake of school governance by the NZSTA and the Ministry of Education - recommends urgent action for legislative and regulatory change to enable governance structures to more adequately respond to challenges provided by the urban context.

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Being Bilingual in Manukau (April 2007)
Published Date: April 2007
Article Code : 010

Compared to other places in New Zealand, Manukau has a very high proportion of speakers of more than one language. This Discussion Paper prepared for the Manukau Education Conference 2007, sponsored by the Pacific Islands Advisory Committee, explores the place of language in our community .

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Connecting Business and Education (April 2007)
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Article Code : 008

In February 2002, COMET released the results of a ‘stock-take report’ prepared by the University of Auckland about the connections between businesses and schools in Manukau. That research was undertaken more than five years ago. Has anything changed? This Discussion Paper was prepared for the Manukau Education Conference 2007

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Family and Community Engagement (April 2007)
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Article Code : 007

Engaging families and communities across the various education sectors requires effective and meaningful ways of working in partnership. This Discussion Paper prepared for the Manukau Education Conference 2007 outlines in brief some findings about family and community influences on children’s achievement, secondly identifies some key principles for working in partnership with families/communities and thirdly, summarises features of some partnership programmes which engage families/communities in different ways in education in the Manukau area.

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Connecting Health and Education Strategies (April 2007)
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Article Code : 006

A range of programmes can be found in schoolswhich are linked to health outcomes. This paper explores how health outcomes can be supported by curriculum.

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Youth Transitions Services in Schools (10 August 2006)
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Article Code : 003
This paper explores some of the issues for the COMET Manukau Youth Transitions Project (pilot) that operated in partnership with schools. It reflects the understandings of the brokers about a community-based service working with secondary schools to improve youth transitions to positive post-school destinations. 
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Pricewaterhouse Coopers Report: Valuing Outcomes for the Manukau Family Literacy Programme (August 2006)
Published Date: October 2006
Article Code : 30

The purpose of this report is to assess and assign economic values to the outcomes of the Manukau Family Literacy Programme (MFLP) and provide a valuation based upon the Summative Evaluation of the programme by Benseman and Sutton (2005)plus updated participant information provided by the City of Manukau Education Trust (COMET).

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Manukau Family Literacy Programmes: Intergenerational Family Learning in Practice (August 2006)
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Article Code : 28

This document is about the implementation of intergenerational family learning in Manukau. The Manukau Family Literacy Programmes are an initiative from the City of Manukau Education Trust and community stakeholders to engage adult learners from ‘non-traditional’ learner groups in education, at the same time building family engagement in children’s learning, for stronger literacy outcomes in our city.

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Early Childhood Education Plugging into ICT: A Manukau perspective (November 2005)
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Article Code : 26

This report summarises a stocktake of ICT in early childhood education centres in Manukau, undertaken as part of a project that arose out of Manukau City Council’s Smart Manukau strategy. COMET was invited to develop a community project for building ICT skills that involved young children and their families.


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Manukau Future Skills Action Plan (December 2005)
Published Date: Dec 2005
Article Code : 25

This report was prepared by COMET on behalf of the Future Skills Demand Action Plan Steering Group, led by Manukau City Council, and included the Manukau Institute of Technology, Department of Labour, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Social Development and the Tertiary Education Commission. It is part of a response to the Future Skills Demand Project report by Council that highlighted the skills and knowledge gap that will be is evident if no action is taken over the next couple of years.

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Flat Bush New Schools (September 2005)
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Article Code : 24

This submission recommends the development of a Regional School Network Adjustment Plan alongside the Flat Bush Area Strategy for schools in order to have an integrated approach to roll management.

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Analysis of School Income in Manukau City for 2005 (January 2005)
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Article Code : 23

The Ministry of Education in January 2005 announced changes to calculations of school deciles and increases in schools’ operational funding from 1 January, 2005.This report provides a whole-city perspective on income levels for Manukau schools, to inform community debate and decision-making about support needs in the compulsory education sector.

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"I'm a Different Person Now" An Evaluation of the Manukau Family Literacy Programme (MFLP) (July 2004)
Published Date: 2004
Article Code : 22

This Ministry of Education publication was prepared by Dr John Benseman of the University of Auckland.

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Business and Schools in Manukau (2002)
Published Date: 2002
Article Code : 21
A stocktake of school-business connections in Manukau 
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Youth Mentoring: An Advice Manual for Manukau and Beyond
Published Date: October 2002
Article Code : 20
This manual provides an overview of different approaches to youth mentoring and how to design a programme. Hard copies are now unavailable. 
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