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Bringing destreaming to life in a primary school maths class

Three experienced kaiako, Amanda Campbell, Pam Berry-Mason, and Wendy Dent brought kaiako together in May 2023 to share their experiences and practical ideas on destreaming.       

In 2022, Tokona te Raki: Māori Futures Collective of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu published a research report, He Awa Ara Rau - A Journey of Many Paths, on why we need to remove streaming in Aotearoa New Zealand. As educators, we need to ensure our tamariki have an equitable and inclusive education so that they have the opportunities to navigate the futures they desire. 

In an April 2021 briefing to the then-Minister of Education Chris Hipkins and his successor Jan Tinetti, the Ministry of Education said the "evidence shows that streaming contributes to inequitable outcomes, especially for Māori learners, Pacific learners and learners with disabilities and/or learning support needs".

Streaming by definition is the practice of grouping ākonga by their perceived level of ability. From the “least likely to succeed” to the “extension” classes. 

If you went to school in Aotearoa, the odds are that streaming was part of your experience. Streaming is an entrenched practice in 90% of schools in Aotearoa (The Spinoff, March 2023).

Why should we destream?

Where do we start?

Kaiako and leaders come together

No hands up

Mixed-ability problem-solving

Grouping ākonga in years 0-2

What makes a quality maths lesson?

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