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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

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

Leading Innovative Learning in New Zealand Schools

Published: 04 Apr 2018

The Education Review Office (ERO) visited 12 schools to see how they were preparing their students as 21st century learners. Leaders were innovative, rethinking and transforming teaching and learning to equip students with the knowledge, skills and qualifications required for their future. In doing so, they also maximised learning opportunities offered by digital technology and flexible learning spaces.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Innovative learning
Modern Learning Practice (MLP)

School trustees booklet: helping you ask the right questions

Published: 14 Feb 2017

ERO has written this booklet for boards of trustees. It is one of many tools available to help you in your role as a trustee. It focuses on student achievement and wellbeing, and the role the board plays in these two areas. The booklet includes questions and information that will guide you in your discussions with school leaders and as a trustee.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Board of Trustees
Achievement
Wellbeing
Evaluation
Guides for parents

A guide to learning in a Covid-19 world - Supporting parents into 2021

Published: 19 Jan 2021

This short guide is for parents of children in early childhood education, and of school-aged children. It covers that we learnt from talking to schools and early childhood education services in 2020 about the impact of Covid-19. It also sets out some recommendations for how parents can continue to support their child’s learning this year.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Parents
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Guides for parents

Collaboration in Action: Lessons from a Community of Practice

Published: 11 May 2021

This short report accompanies our report Exploring Collaboration in Action: Kahukura Community of Practice.  It looks at the lessons that can be learnt from the Kahukura community of practice, drawing out key lessons on collaboration and providing seven key implications for schools who are interested in collaborating to consider.

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

From education to employment

Published: 01 Mar 2013

From Education to Employment is about how you and the school can help prepare your child for life beyond school. It will be useful for parents, families, trustees and students at secondary school.

ERO guides for parents have been written for everyone who parents a child - those who have care and responsibility for children attending a school. The booklets include questions you can ask, as well as general information that you may find useful. Click on the booklet to read and download.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Career education
Community
Youth Guarantee Programme
Guides for parents

How is my child doing?

Published: 30 Apr 2013

ERO guides for parents have been written for everyone who parents a child - those who have care and responsibility for children attending a school. The booklets include questions you can ask, as well as general information that you may find useful. Click on the booklet to read and download.

How is my child doing? suggests questions parents can ask teachers in primary and secondary schools about their child's learning and wellbeing at school, and what to expect. It also looks at what makes a successful school.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Early learning
School policies and procedures
Families
School culture
Guides for parents

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

Partners in Learning

Published: 25 Aug 2016

Strong connections between schools and parents and whānau are essential to accelerating the achievement of our kids, particularly those at risk of underachieving. This booklet helps parents, families and whānau to form effective relationships and educationally powerful connections. 

Partners in Learning sets out what parents can expect from their child’s school and more importantly, how they can help their child do well at school. It describes what parents can do if they are concerned about their child’s learning and progress and what they can expect the school to do to help.

Audience:
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Aiga
Parents
Whānau
Progress
Guides for parents

Effective teaching - what's happening in my child's classroom?

Published: 15 Apr 2013

Effective Teaching - What's happening in my child's classroom? gives parents an insight into teaching practice and includes questions parents can use when discussing their child's progress with the school.

ERO guides for parents have been written for everyone who parents a child - those who have care and responsibility for children attending a school. The booklets include questions you can ask, as well as general information that you may find useful. Click on the booklet to read and download. 

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Teachers | Kaiako
Guides for parents

Your child's education

Published: 14 Mar 2014

These booklets have been written for everyone who parents a child - those who have care and responsibility for children attending a school. The booklets include questions you can ask, as well as general information that you may find useful. Click on the booklet to read and download.

Your child's education is an overview of education in New Zealand, from early childhood education through to secondary school. The information and questions are a useful insight into what education looks like in New Zealand and the opportunities available to your child.

Audience:
Early learning
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Parents
Aiga
Māori parents and whanau
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Primary
Intermediate
Secondary
Alternative education (AE)
Kaupapa Māori
Kōhanga Reo
Ngā puna kōhungahunga
Ngā Whanaketanga Rumaki Māori
State schools
Integrated schools
Kindergartens
Education and care services
Home-based education
Playcentres
Playgroups
Guides for parents

Exploring Collaboration in Action: Kahukura Community of Practice

Published: 10 May 2021

ERO was approached by principals from Kahukura to document and evaluate their community of practice in Christchurch. This report identifies what is working well for this community of practice, areas where they might consider further enhancements, and lessons and insights into practices which could be shared with others.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
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

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