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

Published: 12 Apr 2021

This report shares teaching approaches and strategies for Year 5 to Year 11 that ERO has identified in a range of schools where students were found to be highly engaged in science. This report should be seen as a resource for leaders and teachers looking to strengthen their teaching of science. It looks at Years 5-11 as they are the critical years for science engagement before learners make final choices on whether to continue in science.

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

Science in secondary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 22 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help secondary school leaders think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their 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

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help secondary school teachers think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

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

Science in primary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 20 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help primary school leaders think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

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

Science in primary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 19 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help primary school teachers think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

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

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

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. This short guide aims to help parents and whānau of children in primary school to understand why science matters for this age group, know what to expect for science teaching and learning for their child, and think about how they can support their child’s science learning journey.

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

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

Published: 19 Jan 2021

To understand what the challenges of Covid-19 were in 2020 and how schools responded, the Education Review Office spoke to schools and surveyed over 2500 principals and teachers across the country. This report presents our findings on how Covid-19 impacted students, teachers and schools, how schools responded and what they learnt, and the challenges schools expect they might face in future alert level changes.

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

Including Students with High Needs Primary Schools

Published: 10 Jul 2013

This ERO evaluation reports on primary schools' progress in relation to the Government's Success for All policy. Success for All is about getting all schools to demonstrate inclusive practice for students with special needs.

Audience:
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
High needs
Special education
Inclusion
Ethical standards
Stand Children's Services Tu Maia Whanau
Inclusive practices
Group Special Education (GSE)
Resource Teachers: Learning and Behaviour (RTLB)
Primary

Learning in a Covid-19 World: Supporting Secondary School Engagement

Published: 19 Jan 2021

This report explains strategies for supporting secondary students’ engagement during the Covid19 pandemic. These strategies include re-engaging students who present with wellbeing concerns or show signs of disengagement. The report also includes some innovative actions schools used to promote student engagement after the first lockdown in 2020.

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

Accelerating the Progress of Priority Learners in Primary Schools

Published: 31 May 2013

This national report presents the findings of ERO’s recent evaluation about the extent to which primary schools were using effective strategies to improve outcomes for priority groups of learners. In this report ‘priority learners’ refers to Māori, Pacific, special needs, and students from low income families, who are not achieving at or above National Standards.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Priority learners
Māori
Pacific
Special education
Low socio-economic communities
Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)

Covid-19: Impact on schools and early childhood services - Interim Report

Published: 28 Aug 2020

ERO has a comprehensive and fast-tracked work programme underway to understand the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on students, services and schools, and on teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand in the English and Māori medium education sectors.

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

Including Students with Special Needs: School Questionnaire Responses

Published: 01 Apr 2012

This report, Including Students with Special Needs: school questionnaire responses presents the findings from a questionnaire completed by schools reviewed in the first two terms of 2011. It is based on schools’ own views of how well they include children with special needs.

Audience:
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Special education
High needs
Inclusive practices
Questionnaire
Teacher aides
Special education needs coordinators (SENCO)

Learning in a Covid-19 World: Supporting Secondary School 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. 

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

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

Including Students with High Needs: School Questionnaire Responses (2)

Published: 09 Sep 2012

All children deserve the right to an education including those with special education needs. Through its Success for All policy, the Government expects all schools to demonstrate inclusive practice for children with special education needs by the end of 2014. This report presents the findings of a questionnaire where schools assess their own provisions for students with special education needs. It follows on from a similar report produced in early 2012.

Audience:
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Special education
High needs
Inclusive practices
Questionnaire
Teacher aides
Special education needs coordinators (SENCO)

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

Learning in a Covid-19 World: How schools have stepped up to support students and whānau

Published: 10 Dec 2020

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused significant disruption for students across New Zealand, due to lockdowns, social distancing and ongoing uncertainty. The Education Review Office interviewed 750 schools and surveyed over 2500 principals and teachers across the country, from May through to September 2020, to understand how they have responded. This summary highlights how schools have supported students and their whānau in the face of Covid-19.

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

Evaluation at a glance: A decade of assessment in New Zealand Primary Schools - Practice and trends

Published: 24 Apr 2018

High quality assessment and evaluation allows us to focus on student progress and outcomes at classroom, school and system levels.  It helps teachers, schools and systems to report on student achievement across points in time, and provide information for parents, trustees and the public about the quality of education. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Assessment
Formative assessment
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)

Learning in residential care: They knew I wanted to learn

Published: 01 Jul 2021

Children and young people who are placed in Oranga Tamariki residential care are among the most at risk of poor outcomes later in life. Education can change that.  This report looks at the quality of education for students in Oranga Tamariki Care and Protection and Youth Justice residences and how it can be improved.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
At-risk students
Behavioural needs
Best practice
Boys' education
Child wellbeing
Culture
Education and care services
Education outcomes
Education transitions
Equitable outcomes
Good practice
High needs
Māori
Physical and emotional safety
Priority learners
Raising achievement
Social workers
Teaching
Te reo Māori
Transitions
Vulnerable learners
Wellbeing