Starting school is a major childhood event. It can be an exciting time for children and their families. But it is a big change and can be an uncertain time. Since 2018, schools have been able to have children start in groups at certain dates during the year. This is called cohort entry. ERO found that cohort entry has a range of benefits for children’s wellbeing and learning, schools’ ability to structure transitions more easily, and for teachers due to fewer disruptions and more time to teach.
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- Published: 25 May 2022
- Published: 06 Dec 2021
This report looks at the impact of Covid-19 on teachers and principals – including how Covid-19 has impacted enjoyment in work and workload. This report also sets out examples of how schools can prepare for 2022 and what supports will be needed for teachers and principals.
- Published: 02 Dec 2021
All of the participants in this evaluation modify their teaching and learning programmes to better suit the needs of their learners. They intentionally focus on the integration of the NCEA standards through their te marau ā-kura. Leaders, professionals, kaiako and kaimahi are extremely effective in developing and using innovative tools and resources to support student progression.
- Published: 01 Dec 2021
In the days preceding 26 March 2020, kura needed to rapidly respond to and prepare for a move to distance teaching and learning. We had been informed that at midnight 25th March 2020 the entire country would go into COVID-19 Alert Level four Lockdown. There was uncertainty about how long the situation would continue.
- Published: 17 Nov 2021
Principles of Practice - Education Evaluation for Improvement in Schools and Early Childhood Services
Principles of Practice: Education Evaluation for Improvement in Schools and Early Childhood Services is one of the suite of resources developed by the Education Review Office (ERO) to support education evaluation practice.
- Published: 29 Sep 2021
This resource draws on recent Education Review Office (ERO) national evaluation reports to highlight how schools, both primary and secondary, have been evaluating teaching and learning and then using the findings to improve outcomes for students. ERO found that schools that significantly improved outcomes for students based their priorities for action on the findings from high-quality internal evaluation.
- Published: 23 Sep 2021
This short report, aimed at primary school leaders, sets out how prepared students and schools felt ahead of the Covid-19 lockdown in August and provides recommendations for how schools can support their students as they return to the classroom.
- Published: 23 Sep 2021
This short report, aimed at secondary school leaders, sets out how prepared students and schools felt ahead of the Covid-19 lockdown in August and provides recommendations for how schools can support their students as they return to the classroom.
- Published: 25 Aug 2021
In 2020, Auckland students were particularly affected by Covid-19 and extra support was provided to them. Following this, ERO undertook an evaluation of three Te Kura programmes aimed at supporting Auckland NCEA students. This report outlines the findings of this evaluation - including the reach and impact of the programmes, and lessons for future responses.