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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

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

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

Science in New Zealand schools and early childhood services - series summary

Published: 12 Apr 2021

Science is important – we rely on science and scientific thinking in almost every endeavour in our modern society. High quality science education at school is essential for learners who want a career in science, but it is also important for all learners to help them understand the scientific issues that whānau, communities, and nations face. Issues such as climate change, healthy living, and innovation all depend on science.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Early learning
Early childhood services
Integrated schools
State schools

Te Muka Here Tangata – The strand that binds people

Published: 06 May 2021

This case study explores the impact of the 2020 Covid-19 events on Māori learners in English-medium schools, and the response of leaders, schools and communities in the Bay of Plenty and East Coast regions.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Bicultural curriculum
Bilingual
East Coast region
English-medium
Cultural diversity
Māori student achievement
Māori parents and whanau
Schools
School community
Te reo Māori
Whānau
Wellbeing
Māori immersion
Māori
Manaakitanga
Inclusive practices
Inclusion
COVID-19
Principals' performance
School leaders
Teachers | Kaiako
Whanaungatanga

Promoting wellbeing through sexuality education

Published: 12 Sep 2018

This report provides findings from ERO's evaluation of how well schools were promoting and supporting student wellbeing through sexuality education.

It includes high-level findings, examples of good practice and recommendations for schools and policy audiences. It is accompanied by a series of short publications for whānau, students, and trustees.

Brochures aimed at students, whānau and Boards of Trustees are also available.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Wellbeing
Sexuality
Health and Physical Education
Curriculum
Stewardship
Leadership
Capability
Evaluation
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)

Science in the Early Years: Early Childhood and Years 1-4

Published: 12 Apr 2021

This report looks at how well science is led in services and schools, how well science is woven through the curriculum, and how well kaiako/ teachers include science in a responsive curriculum. Each section of this report provides leaders, kaiako, and teachers with reflective questions to consider, which could support improvements. We also identify opportunities for improvement at both the individual service / school level, and for the system.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Early learning
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Te Kura Huanui: The treasures of successful pathways

Published: 08 Jul 2021

Te Kura Huanui: The treasures of successful pathways and supporting documentaries explore the Māori-medium education pathway, through a rich collection of interviews and research conducted in partnership with early founders, whānau, leaders, graduates, kaiako, kaimahi and kaumatua.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Best practice
Community
Diversity
Equitable outcomes
Immersion
Inclusion
Identity
Kōhanga Reo
Kauapapa Māori
Kura
Knowledge building
Māori-medium
Mātauranga Māori
Māori student achievement
Māori parents and whanau
Māori learners
Māori immersion
Māori Education Evaluation
Manaakitanga
Māori
Literacy and numeracy
Methodology
Te Kōhanga Reo
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust
Te reo Māori
Te Rūnanga Nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Tikanga Māori
Te ao Māori
Wellbeing
Whānau
Whanaungatanga
Children's success

Te Kura Huanui : Ko ngā kura o ngā ara angitu

Published: 08 Jul 2021

I roto i Te Kura Huanui: Ko ngā kura o ngā ara angitu, ko ngā uiui me ngā whānau Māori, kaiārahi, kaiako, kaimahi, kaumātua hoki e tūhura ana i te ngākau titikaha o ngā hapori ki te whakarauora, ki te whakapakari hoki i te reo Māori me ngā tikanga Māori mō ā rātou mokopuna, tamariki, uri whakatupu anō hoki. 

Audience:
Māori-medium
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Best practice
Community
Diversity
Equitable outcomes
Immersion
Inclusion
Identity
Kōhanga Reo
Kauapapa Māori
Kura
Knowledge building
Māori-medium
Mātauranga Māori
Māori student achievement
Māori parents and whanau
Māori learners
Māori immersion
Māori Education Evaluation
Manaakitanga
Māori
Literacy and numeracy
Methodology
Te Kōhanga Reo
Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust
Te reo Māori
Te Rūnanga Nui o ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori o Aotearoa
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Tikanga Māori
Te ao Māori
Wellbeing
Whānau
Whanaungatanga
Children's success

Science in Years 5 to 8: Capable and Competent Teaching

Published: 01 May 2010

This Education Review Office report provides examples of good practice in science teaching for Years 5 to 8, in 13 New Zealand state schools. The evaluation included intermediate schools, contributing schools, full primary schools and a Years 7 to 15 secondary school.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Literacy and numeracy
Literacy

Stewardship: working relationships

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Invercargill Middle School, the way in which school trustees and leaders work together fosters an appreciative and respectful environment that acknowledges the contributions of everyone in the learning community.

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

Stewardship: strategic resourcing

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Manurewa Central School, careful financial management over many years has enabled the provision of high quality facilities and resources that enhance the school environment and learning opportunities available to students and their families and whanau and the community. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Stewardship
Resourcing
Evaluation indicators
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)

Caring, collaborative, inclusive learning communities

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Invercargill Middle School, students and teachers contribute to, and work in, a supportive learning environment characterised by manaakitanga and whanaungatanga.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Collaboration
Inclusion
Manaakitanga
Whanaungatanga
Evaluation indicators
Teaching
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Stewardship: informed decision making

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Manurewa Central School, the relationship between the principal and trustees is described in terms of how trust and confidence is built through effective listening and transparent reporting, interrogation and discussion of information.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Stewardship
Decision making
Evaluation
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua