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Managing Professional Learning and Development in Primary Schools

Published: 01 May 2009

This is one of two national reports by the Education Review Office (ERO) on how well schools manage teachers’ PLD. This one about PLD in primary schools and the other is on secondary schools.

This report discusses how well primary schools:

• plan for PLD;
• build a culture in which teachers learn and develop; and
• monitor the effectiveness of teachers’ learning and development.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Professional capability
Primary

Managing Professional Learning and Development in Secondary Schools

Published: 01 May 2009

This is one of two national reports by the Education Review Office (ERO) on how well schools manage teachers’ PLD. This one is about PLD in secondary schools and the other is on primary schools.

This report discusses how well secondary schools:

• plan for PLD;
• build a culture in which teachers learn and develop; and
• monitor the effectiveness of teachers’ learning and development.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Professional capability
Secondary

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

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)

Towards equitable outcomes in secondary schools: Good practice

Published: 29 May 2014

This report presents examples of good practice in student engagement and achievement. The examples come from a sample of secondary schools, rated decile 5 or below with rolls of 200 students or more, who had better outcomes for students than other similar schools. ERO visited seven of these schools to find out the secret to their success.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Secondary
Good practice
Community
Culture
School community

The Collection and Use of Assessment Information: Good Practice in Primary Schools

Published: 01 Jun 2007

ERO evaluated the collection and use of assessment information in schools in 2006. The evaluation concluded that more work can be done to improve assessment practice in schools. This report builds on this finding by giving examples of good practice in the collection and use of assessment information in primary schools. The report also includes three detailed case studies.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Good practice
Assessment

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)

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)

Whole school buddy system

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Otumoetai Intermediate, all teachers are engaged in differentiated professional learning and development. Those with similar goals are ‘buddied’ with another staff member.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional capability
Evaluation indicators
Leadership
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

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

Communities of Learning Kāhui Ako - Collaboration to Improve Learner Outcomes

Published: 25 Jan 2017

This publication is designed to support Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako by bringing together research findings about effective collaboration in education communities. It is supported by the publication Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako: working towards collaborative practice.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Communities of Learning | Kāhui ako
Collaboration to improve learner outcomes
Pasifika
Special education

Professional inquiry  

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Inquiry is at the heart of what drives improvement and innovation at McAuley High School. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional development
Evaluation
Knowledge building
Evaluation indicators
Professional capability
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Including Students with High Needs

Published: 30 Jun 2010

ERO evaluated how well schools included students with high needs. Approximately three percent of the student population have significant physical, sensory, neurological, psychiatric, behavioural or intellectual impairment. ERO’s evaluation showed that approximately half of the schools in the study demonstrated inclusive practice, while 30 percent had ‘pockets of inclusive practice’ and 20 percent had few inclusive practices.

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)

Visible professional learning

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At McAuley High School, classroom teacher observations are a frequent occurrence and students report how they regard this as teachers actively modelling learning behaviour.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional development
Professional capability
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Learning leadership

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The team structure in this school supports the professional learning and development of leaders and teachers. Team members discuss their roles, responsibilities and the reciprocal nature of their interactions.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Learning
Equitable outcomes
Evaluation indicators
Professional capability
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Partners in Learning: Parents' Voices

Published: 01 Sep 2008

ERO is interested in what happens in the classroom and also in how parents and the community can help in the education of school students. We have therefore evaluated the way schools engage their parents, whānau and community. The result is a collection of three reports on different aspects of Partners in Learning: the findings of the evaluation; examples of good practice; and the voices of parents. This report sets out the views of parents and others in the community about their role in the education of their children.

Audience:
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Parents
Māori parents and whanau
Pacific parents
Refugees
Special education

Working with National Standards: Good practice

Published: 18 Jun 2012

ERO has released a series of reports about the National Standards since their introduction in 2010. This latest report focuses on eight schools that are working well with the standards. 

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Good practice
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Curriculum
National Administrative Guidelines (NAGs)

Professional learning

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Professional learning reflects the approach that has been established for students. Learning is differentiated with multiple opportunities for engagement and structure in manageable steps.

This video was filmed at McAuley High School.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Professional development
Professional capability
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Strengthening curriculum: inquiry maths

Published: 04 Sep 2017

An analysis of achievement data and a desire to introduce more culturally responsive pedagogies into the classroom were triggers for introducing an inquiry -based approach to the teaching of mathematics at Manurewa Central School.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Curriculum
Inquiry
Teaching
Evaluation
Professional capability
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Teacher collaboration: professional learning in modern learning environments

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Working together to determine what the collaboration and teamwork looks like on a day-to-day basis has been a critical and continued focus of professional learning and team dialogue at Stonefields School.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Teachers | Kaiako
Professional development
Professional capability
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua