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Growing Curiosity Teaching Strategies to Engage Years 5 to 11 Students in Science

Published: 12 Apr 2021

Science is increasingly important in today’s world as people come to rely on science and scientific thinking for almost every kind of endeavour. Critical for our scientific understanding is the quality of science teaching in our schools, and the extent to which students engage with science learning.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Guidance
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Building genuine learning partnerships with parents

Published: 19 Jul 2018

This report shares strategies and approaches from schools that had contributed to improving achievement by developing genuine learning partnerships with parents. It also includes some simple strategies a few of the schools used to involve parents more in supporting the things children were learning at school.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research

Nihinihi Whenua – Valuing te reo Māori: Student and whānau aspirations

Published: 15 Sep 2020

This report provides a snapshot of student and whānau perspectives on the teaching of te reo Māori. It follows the June publication of Te Tāmata Huaroa, which provides a review of the current status of te reo Māori in English medium school settings.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te reo Māori
English-medium
Māori
Te Pou Mataaho | Evaluation and Research Māori
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Social Workers in Schools

Published: 29 Nov 2019

This ERO qualitative case study report undertaken on behalf of Oranga Tamariki captures the voices of children and their whanau who were recipients of the Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) service. SWiS is a government funded, community social work service provided in most English and Māori medium, decile 1-3 primary and intermediate schools.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)
Social workers
Primary
Intermediate
Pastoral care
Case study
Resilience
Therapeutic care and education (TEC)
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Rethinking Governance Indicators for Effective School Review

Published: 28 May 2021

Wylie reports that there is very little research on the relationship between school governance and student learning. She suggests two reasons for this: (i) governance boards are not an essential feature of effective schools and (ii) it can be hard to separate the contribution of boards from that of school leaders, particularly where a board is school- based.

Audience:
Academics
Content type:
Basic page

School Leadership That Works

Published: 07 Nov 2016

This evaluation report illustrates the leadership domain of ERO’s School Evaluation Indicators in practice by:

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
School leaders
Leadership

Kiwisport in Schools - 2010

Published: 26 Nov 2010

Kiwisport is a government initiative aimed at increasing opportunities for school-aged children to participate in organised sport.

In Terms 2 and 3, 2010, the Education Review Office evaluated the use primary and secondary schools made of Kiwisport funding, and the benefits and challenges of the initiative identified by schools.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Kiwisport
Sport
Regional Sports Trusts

ERO Special Review: Kingslea School

Published: 28 Jun 2021

This ERO summary report focuses on how Kingslea School supports educational provision and positive ākonga outcomes at five Oranga Tamariki residences.

Audience:
Academics
Schools
Content type:
Basic page

Evaluation of the Turnaround Schools (TAS) Pilot Program

Published: 26 Jul 2021

There are a small number of schools in New Zealand that are failing to provide students with equitable access to high-quality learning experiences. Students within these schools are not achieving expected academic outcomes.

Despite longitudinal reviews by the Education Review Office (ERO) and support from the Ministry of Education (The Ministry), some of these schools continue to make limited progress or may experience further decline.  The ERO and the Ministry identified the need for a different approach.

Audience:
Academics
Content type:
Research

Ethnic diversity in New Zealand state schools

Published: 01 Jan 2018

This article originally appeared in ERO Insights - Term 1, 2018 and explores how the ethnic diversity of the primary and secondary school roll has changed in New Zealand since 2009, and whether these changes are leading to more diverse or more segregated schools.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Ethnic diversity
Diversity
Cultural diversity
State schools

KiwiSport in Schools - 2012

Published: 18 Oct 2012

KiwiSport is a government initiative established in 2009 to increase opportunities for school-aged children to participate in organised sport. This report presents the findings of a questionnaire ERO gave to schools about the impact of KiwiSport funding.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Kiwisport
Sport
Regional Sports Trusts

New Schools approach: From concept to reality

Published: 18 May 2021

ERO’s role is to ensure that New Zealanders can have confidence in our education system. ERO wants every school to be a great school and a great place to learn for every learner. We all acknowledge that schools are busy, complex entities with competing priorities and multiple demands on their time and resources. In order to support schools in this challenge, ERO is adopting a new way of working with the sector.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
News article

Wellbeing for success: a resource for schools

Published: 21 Mar 2016

Wellbeing for success: a resource for schools has been developed to help schools evaluate and improve student wellbeing. It highlights the importance of schools promoting the wellbeing of all students as well as the need for systems, people and initiatives to respond to wellbeing concerns for students who need additional support.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Wellbeing
Mental health
Resilience
Whanaungatanga
Hauora
Health and Physical Education
Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB)

Teaching, School and Leadership Practices survey

Published: 18 May 2021

New Zealand Council for Educational Research has a helpful online tool for school self-review. 

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Māori-medium
Schools
Content type:
News article

Effective School Review: Considerations in the framing, definition, identification and selection of indicators of education quality and their potential use in evaluation in the school setting

Published: 27 May 2021

In this paper, the author describes how the current widespread interest in indicators of education quality is the result of three converging strands: school effectiveness research, school improvement research, and information technology. From the beginning there has been a tension between the use of indicators for accountability and improvement purposes; where the balance is struck significantly influences the indicators themselves, how they are organised in domains, and how they are used in practice.

Audience:
Academics
Content type:
Basic page

Raising achievement in primary schools

Published: 30 Jun 2014

This national report presents the findings of how well a sample of primary schools were taking actions to increase the number of students achieving 'at' or 'above' national standards.The findings show that half of the schools in the evaluation had used deliberate actions to support students to accelerate progress and sustain achievement.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Primary
Equitable outcomes
Accelerated learning
Evaluation indicators
Education outcomes

Wellbeing for Young People's Success at Secondary School

Published: 19 Feb 2015

This report presents the findings of ERO’s evaluation of how well 68 secondary schools in Term 1 2014 promoted and responded to student wellbeing.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Wellbeing
Mental health
Resilience
Responding to issues
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Raising achievement in secondary schools

Published: 30 Jun 2014

This report documents the findings of ERO’s 2013 evaluation of how well 40 secondary schools analysed and responded to their NCEA data.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Secondary
Māori student achievement

Learning in a Covid-19 World: The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools

Published: 19 Jan 2021

Schools faced new challenges in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. To understand what these challenges were and how schools responded, the Education Review Office interviewed 750 schools and surveyed over 2500 principals and teachers across the country, from May through to September 2020.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Schools
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Schools' Provision for Gifted and Talented Students

Published: 01 Jun 2018

In 2008 the Education Review Office evaluated schools’ provision for gifted and talented students.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
National Administrative Guidelines (NAGs)