There are five teaching environments in 2019. We have four innovative learning environments with multiple teachers and year levels. Our New Entrants are in a stand-alone classroom to allow them to settle into school life. These open environments were trialled in 2017 and resulted in overwhelming positive comments from all stakeholders and success in accelerating academic progress. As a result of exploring research around quality teaching and visible learning teachers at Paihia School are often referred to as Change Agents (CA’s). The school has a SENCO to plan, support and co-ordinate children with special education needs. Paihia School has several support staff with a range of responsibilities from managing the school office, leading kapa haka and running the library.