Teaching & Learning

At Oxford Crescent School we are committed to ensuring our students develop as lifelong learners and are focussed on students achieving their full potential.

Our teaching and learning programmes are reviewed regularly to reflect innovative educational practices. We prioritise literacy, numeracy, regular physical activity and the teaching of social skills in our school curriculum.

Teachers provide structured learning programmes which develop the literacy and numeracy skills of students.  We encourage the development of positive behaviour through the Positive Behaviour for Learning programme and we support students to be safe, team players, active learners and respectful.

Teachers are involved in professional development programmes throughout the year.

In 2018 teaching staff are all involved to some degree in various areas of professional development –

  • Writing across the school (both schoolwide and targeted towards priority students)
  • Upper Hutt Schools’ cluster-wide development on Student Agency and Engagement
  • Innovative learning environments that promote quality teaching and learning, including the integration of digital technologies to support personalised learning.
  • Play.Sport – teachers being confident and competent in the delivery of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum.

We place a strong emphasis on effective self-review practices which enable the school to continue to promote best practice in teaching and learning.

As a school, we believe in ongoing improvement and the analysis, interpretation and use of school achievement information to inform planning and reporting.

O.C.S Priorities and Goals 2018


  • To raise student achievement in Writing – focus on Males, Maori students


  • To raise student achievement in Maths – focus on Maori students

Student Agency, Innovative Learning Environments, Digital Technologies

  • Students will be actively engaged and able to articulate their learning
  • Collaborative Teaching practices will be evident within an innovative learning environment
  • Digital Technologies link to learning across all areas of the curriculum

Cultural Responsiveness

  • Celebrate our Mãori Learners
  • Build community partnerships and involve whãnau and families


  • Engage students in regular physical activity
  • Teachers will be competent and confident in the delivery of the Health & P.E. Curriculum