In 2017, discussions between CORE Education, Rātā Foundation and the Ministry of Education around the transition for tamariki from early learning services to schools. Despite a plethora of research, some tamariki continued to experience barriers to learning success. The discussions lead to Rātā Foundation funding CORE Education to lead an action research project with six schools and 18 educators in Ōtautahi to explore how to - ensure learning pathway for all tamariki - empower agile, innovative,responsive and courageous kaiako - enable systems-level change.
Te hautū i te awa whiria o ako | Supporting pathways to lifelong learning for children in English-medium schools action research report was published in 2021 as a resource on the importance of enabling systems level change within and across learning networks.
Over a period of two years, the research project reached an estimate of 168 educators and 4,350 tamariki, across Canterbury. The report was authored by Dr Sarah Te One, Tracey McAllister and Sarah Whiting.
This project sought to make a difference to the transition to school experience for all tamariki in the Ōtautahi region.