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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

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

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

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

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

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

A guide for parents and whānau on supporting science in primary school

Published: 12 Apr 2021

Learning science in the primary school years helps children become better problem solvers and critical thinkers. Children are curious by nature and are eager to explore, question, experiment, and learn about the world around them. Primary school teachers can use a variety of approaches when teaching science, that give children opportunities to explore, experiment, and express new ideas.

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

Social Workers in Schools make a difference in and out of the classroom

Published: 17 Apr 2020

This ERO case study is part of a wider research by Oranga Tamariki to assess the benefits of SWiS, a government-funded service provided in most decile 1-3 primary and intermediate schools.

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

Evaluation Indicators for School Reviews: A theory for improving and revising the leading and managing indicators

Published: 27 May 2021

In this paper, Robinson discusses the inherent tension between evaluation for accountability and evaluation for improvement. As a means of managing this tension, the links between the two are often kept loose. The downside of this is that the school and external reviewers often end up evaluating different things instead of discussing why their judgments are at variance.

Audience:
Academics
Content type:
Basic page

Child Youth and Family Residential Schools - November 2013

Published: 21 Aug 2010

This report discusses the quality of education at the nine Child Youth and Family (CYF) residential schools. These schools provide education for the young people in New Zealand's Youth Justice and Care and Protection services.The Education Review Office found that the quality of education across most of the CYF schools was not of a consistently high standard. Most of these schools need to make improvements in the delivery of the curriculum, the planning and programme design for individual students, and the processes to transition students to further education, training or employment.

Audience:
Academics
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research

Child Youth and Family Residential Schools - November 2016

Published: 28 Nov 2016

ERO evaluated the quality of education at the Child Youth and Family (CYF) residential schools. CYF residential schools provide education for young people in Youth Justice and Care and Protection services. 

Audience:
Academics
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research

On your marks ... get set... go! A tale of six schools and the digital technologies curriculum content

Published: 23 Jan 2020

ERO conducted case studies of six schools’ implementation of the digital technologies curriculum content in Term 1, 2019. Schools that had successfully integrated the curriculum had leaders who promoted a growth mindset for teachers and looked to integrate digital technologies into existing curriculum. Timely professional development for teachers and positive community connections also enhanced schools’ ability to integrate the digital technologies curriculum.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
New Zealand Curriculum
Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko
Information and Communications Technology
Literacy
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Learning in a Covid-19 World: Supporting Primary School Students as They Return to the Classroom

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. 

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

Child Youth and Family Residential Schools - September 2010

Published: 21 Sep 2010

This report combines the findings of individual reviews completed for seven schools located in Child Youth and Family residences. These residences cater for adolescents with serious criminal or welfare issues and education is a very important part of their rehabilitation and support. ERO found that the CYF residential schools provided a good education for students with very few areas needing improvement.The report includes recommendations for how residential schools may extend current practices to further improve teaching.

Audience:
Academics
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research

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

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

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

Seven Christchurch schools work together to make a difference for their learners  

Published: 10 May 2021

The Education Review Office (ERO) has today launched a report showing how seven Christchurch schools improved outcomes for learners through innovation and working together.  

The group of schools, forming a community of practice called Kahukura, identified a need in their community to better support their students’ wellbeing and learning. 

Audience:
Academics
Education
Schools
Content type:
News article
Topics:
Collaboration
Decision making
English-medium
Evaluation
Guidance
Improvement
Intermediate
Internal evaluation
Knowledge building
Primary
Relationships
School leaders
Schools
Secondary
Students
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre