Questions we are asking

We are building the evidence base through asking questions about:

  • The performance of the education system
  • How well initiatives work
  • What is good practice

Understanding system performance

How are learners, teachers and leaders faring as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic? 

Throughout the pandemic, the education sector has shown remarkable resilience. Yet, as restrictions have been lifted, there are ongoing challenges. This report sets out how learners, teachers, and principals are faring and what it means to live with Covid-19 in our community. It is part of our Learning in a Covid-19 World series. 

How well does alternative education support students to achieve?

Some students who are not thriving in education receive alternative education from a range of providers. Many of these students are at risk of disengaging from education and poor outcomes. This study will look in depth at how well alternative education supports students to achieve and what are the key elements of good practice. 

Good practice 

How can we support learners to start strong in numeracy?

The work will provide a good practice guide for teaching numeracy skills in the first years of primary school, supporting the Common Practice Model with practical examples of teaching in action.

How can schools manage behaviour in the classroom?

Responding to increased concerns about behaviour after Covid-19, this work will look at how schools manage behaviours and what practices are most effective. It will also explore the impact of standdowns and exclusions, and highlight what the evidence shows are more effective practices.

How can we improve early language and literacy skills?

Looking in ECE and the first-year of school, this work will look at how we can improve early language and literacy skills. This work responds to concerns about the impact of Covid-19 disruptions on oral language development.

How do we move on from streaming?

For schools that want to move away from streaming, this work will look at what the evidence-based alternatives are. It will also look at how teachers and schools have implemented these approaches.

Initiatives – building our understanding of what works

How well does the counselling in primary schools programme support students?

In 2020, Government funded a new programme to help primary school students access counselling. Over three years we are looking at how this programme gets support to the students who are most in need and the impact it has on their outcomes.

How well prepared for teaching are first-time teachers, and how well
supported are they?

Newly qualified teachers are a key part of the education workforce. How well prepared they are and the support they receive to enable them to succeed is important for all schools and students. This report will look at what helps newly qualified teachers thrive.

How is the implementation of the new histories and social sciences curriculum going? 

This work will gather insights from the implementation of Aotearoa New Zealand Histories and the broader Te Ao Tangata | Social Sciences learning areas to inform future implementation of Te Mātaiaho | the refreshed curriculum.