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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

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 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

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

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)

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)

Māori succeeding as Māori

Published: 04 Sep 2017

A school principal talks about how he works with his school community to develop an environment where Māori learners are supported and can succeed as Māori.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Māori student achievement
Māori
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Partnerships between home and community

Published: 04 Sep 2017

This school seeks every opportunity to connect with the groups within its multicultural community to support those groups to connect to one another as well as engage with the school and their children’s learning.

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

Tracking for success

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The deputy principal at Kerikeri High School describes the process the school leaders went through to develop electronic systems and processes to track student academic success. The principal describes how the tracking tool alerted school leaders when students were at risk of not achieving and led them to consider ways to ensure students had further opportunities to succeed.

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

Teaching approaches and strategies that work

Published: 24 Nov 2017

This evaluation looks at teaching approaches and strategies used in schools where there has been a significant increase in the number of students at or above National Standards in the upper primary school years (Years 5 to 8). We wanted to learn more about any short-term interventions or long-term strategies that may have been influential in bringing about these positive achievement trajectories. We have shared and discussed our findings from some of the 40 schools we visited.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
National Education Monitoring Project (NEMP)
National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

Teaching strategies that work - Reading

Published: 14 May 2018

The Education Review Office (ERO) has released the latest in its Teaching Strategies that Work series. “Keeping children engaged and achieving in reading” is a description of strategies used by primary schools which have significantly improved their students’ achievement in reading.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Reading
Engagement
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)
Accelerated learning

Teaching strategies that work - Mathematics

Published: 20 Feb 2018

This Education Review Office (ERO) report is one of a series of reports on teaching strategies that work. It features strategies and approaches that we observed in 40 primary schools selected from across New Zealand. These schools came from a database of 129 schools, all with rolls of 200 or more, in which the proportion of students in the upper primary years (Years 5 to 8) achieving at or above the national standard had increased. In each case achievement levels were also above average for the decile.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Engagement
Achievement
Mathematics
National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

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

The equal of everybody

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Driven by the conviction that everybody can achieve, leaders and teachers seek to overcome barriers to equity and excellence experienced by individual students at McAuley High School.

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

Student feedback: observing the teacher

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Otumoetai Intermediate School, Student Learning Leaders learn how to undertake structured classroom observations focused on teaching and learning. The students and staff discuss the process and its impact.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Feedback
Leadership
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

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

Opportunity to learn: a sense of urgency

Published: 04 Sep 2017

In responding to its unique context Invercargill Middle School adopted a range of approaches to accelerate learning. Teachers share a collective commitment to making the most of every learning opportunity.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Leadership
Curriculum
Teaching
Evaluation
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Using data to determine the conversation that needs to be had

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At McAuley High School, the use of student achievement data and other evidence is the catalyst for determining who needs to be part of the discussion to seek solutions and establish next steps.

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