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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

Collaboration in practice: insights into implementation

Published: 02 Apr 2019

This case study report features experiences of three Kāhui Ako and includes the strategies and approaches used to create, build, and strengthen collaboration between schools and early learning services to improve outcomes for learners.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Collaboration
Communities of Learning | Kāhui ako

Science in secondary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Critical to science education is the quality of teaching of science in schools, and the engagement of students with science. This guide sets out actions you can take to strengthen science teaching in your school.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
State schools
Integrated schools
Primary

Science in secondary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 21 Apr 2021

Critical to science education is the quality of teaching of science in schools, and the engagement of students with science. This guide sets out actions you can take to strengthen science teaching in your school.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Science
State schools
Integrated schools
Schools

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

Accelerating student achievement: a resource for schools

Published: 31 May 2013

This resource can be used with the School Evaluation Indicators. It brings together findings from ERO’s recent national reports to outline what works to accelerate progress for Māori students at-risk of underachieving in primary schools. We share approaches schools have taken where progress was accelerated and schools were able to extend their practices to help more students succeed. Innovative schools focus on inequity within their student population, resulting in improved outcomes for Māori students.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Achievement
Resources
Māori student achievement
Inquiry

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

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

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)

Professional Learning and Development in Schools

Published: 02 Dec 2019

How well were school leaders determining Professional Learning and Development priorities and evaluating its impact?

ERO spoke with school leaders responsible for planning Professional Learning and Development (PLD) and looked at a variety of documents in 242 state or state-integrated schools (excluding kura) reviewed in Terms 3 and 4, 2018. ERO made an overall judgment about how well school leaders were determining PLD priorities and evaluating the impact of PLD.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Schools
School leaders
Literacy
International education

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

Schools’ Provision for International Students

Published: 28 Feb 2011

The evaluation looked at four aspects of international education (schools' self review, pastoral care, quality of education and social integration) and concluded that most schools were highly effective or generally effective in all four aspects.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
International students
Pastoral care
International education
Evaluation indicators

Learning in a Covid-19 World: How school leadership rose to the challenge 

Published: 10 Dec 2020

Principals and school leaders have taken on a lot of responsibility during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Education Review Office interviewed principals and board chairs and surveyed 1777 principals across the country from May through to September 2020 to understand how they have responded. This summary highlights how those school leaders rose to the challenge. 

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

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

Alternative Education: Schools and Providers

Published: 30 May 2011

Includes two reports: Secondary Schools and Alternative Education and Good Practice in Alternative Education

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Alternative education (AE)
Secondary