Haere mai, kia ora tatau, welcome.
Our Purpose is to accelerate student achievement through equitable digital learning access in low decile schools in the Mt. Roskill and Mt. Albert areas.
Ako Hiko Education Trust commenced in late February 2014.
We work to support education achievement in low decile schools in the Mt. Roskil / Mt. Albert area that are part of the Ako Hiko Cluster of schools.
These schools are currently: Hay Park, May Road, Christ the King, Owairaka, Waikowhai and Wesley Primary schools and Wesley Intermediate School. It is intended to expand the network to other schools as funding allows.
As the diagram shows, the Ako Hiko Education programme has four key activities throughout three funding stages.
Activity 1: Research
Our cluster schools are participating in a research project in partnership with Manaiakalani Outreach and Auckland University Woolf Fisher Research Centre. The research is designed to tell us if the programme increases student achievement and engagement, and to date it shows that it is.
Research already released by Manaiakalani shows significant improvement in education outcomes, and you can learn more here.
Activity 2: Access to Devices
The trust has already made available over 1800 Acer Chromebook Bundles to families in our schools. These have been allocated to digital classes in the schools. Families are able to buy the device up-front or via a Hire Purchase style credit contract. This enables families to provide an excellent learning tool to their students at a reasonable cost per week or month. There are a range of contracts available, and you can learn more below.
Activity 3: Professional Learning Development for Teachers
It would not be of much use to provide devices without also supporting our teachers in ensuring their teaching makes the most of the devices. With that in mind we are continuing to invest heavily in teacher and programme development. This will range from supporting teachers new to 1:1 digital classrooms, sharing of learning, development of new teaching resources and ultimately scholarships and education opportunities.
Activity 4: Wireless Network
Learning does not end at the school gate. We recognise that many families, particularly in low income families, are unable to provide wifi or broadband access at home.
We are looking to extend the school wireless networks (with all requisite security) so that students can continue to learn at home.
Research already, carried out by Manaiakalani Education Trust, shows that this extends the learning day and has an excellent impact on student outcomes.
The trust provides Chromebook Bundles to families of students enrolled in a digital learning classroom at one of the Ako Hiko Cluster Schools.
These are supplied via a Credit Sale Agreement. We offer a range of contracts depending on how quickly the family wishes to pay for the device and also how long the student still has remaining at a cluster school. Our current interest rates are 6% for 12 months, 6.75% for 24 months and 7.5% for 36 months. No default interest nor default fees are charged under our agreements. Families also must attend an internet safety programme and sign the Ako Hiko Kawa of Care.
Included in the total cost of the device is:
- Acer 11’ Chromebook and charger
- 3 Year Manufacturers Warranty on Chromebook
- Targus Clamshell carry case (now also with a 3 year warranty)
- Crown Accidental Damage Insurance for 3 years (now with Zero excess)
- Google Management Console License
More information about our contracts and current prices can be obtained by contacting Ako Hiko Education Trust directly. Example of Credit Sale Agreement: 2019 Credit Sale Agreement. The Ako Hiko Education Trust is a member of the Financial Dispute Resolution Service. Procedures for making complaints
Our Education Programme Leaders work in our schools to support teachers and leaders.
The Ako Hiko Education Trust was formally set up in 2014 to support the work that had already begun in the cluster schools during 2013. By this time the cluster Principals had been working collaboratively to plan for the implementation of the digital classrooms and extensive work with the community and Boards of Trustees had been undertaken to share the vision for the future.
Ako Hiko in the Media
From time to time we are afforded the opportunity to share our story with local and national press. We take great pride in sharing these via the Ako Hiko blog. Below are a collection of stories currently posted within the media. These will be updated periodically. If you would like to contact the trust about media engagements, please use our contacts page.