Topic: Education

'Year 9 Plus' initiative expected to assist at-risk students

Around 100 students from Wairoa to Hicks Bay identified as most at risk of needing help are expected to benefit from an initiative launched today.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says the goal of project ‘Year 9 Plus’ is aimed at supporting students to stay and succeed at school.

Parata says, “Year 9 Plus will make sure that students who may previously have dropped out of school are supported to continue their education.”

She says it targets students in their first year of secondary school and follows them throughout their school education.

The students identified as most at risk of needing help will receive extra support from an education champion. Champions will help young people to stay at school and achieve educational success.

Parata says, “Champions will work with the student’s family, school, community organisations and government agencies to ensure the student is well-supported to attend, stay and succeed at school. They’ll also work with the student’s siblings who may need similar support.”

The $2.2 million initiative will run from February 2016.