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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

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

What drives learning in the senior secondary school?

Published: 30 May 2018

This evaluation studies effective practice in schools’ senior curriculum. It contributes to the review being undertaken by the Ministry of Education (the Ministry) of the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). The Ministry-led review focuses on the implementation of NCEA as the national assessment system for the senior years of secondary schooling. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Secondary
Curriculum
Pedagogy
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Learning
Pathways

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 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)

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)

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

ERO Insights - Issue 1 2020

Published: 25 Jun 2020

Insights Newsletter from Nicholas Pole, Te Tumu Whakarae mō te Arotake Mātauranga | Chief Executive and Chief Review Officer

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
News article
Topics:
COVID-19
Learning
Information and Communications Technology

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

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

Responding to Covid-19: Supporting Auckland NCEA students - Summary

Published: 25 Aug 2021

This short summary accompanies the full report Responding to the Covid-19 crisis: Supporting Auckland NCEA students. It outlines the key findings from ERO’s evaluation of three Te Kura programmes aimed at supporting Auckland NCEA students following the lockdowns in 2020. This summary briefly lists who these targeted programmes reached, their impact, and lessons for responding to future lockdowns.  

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Whānau
COVID-19
English-medium
Learning
Māori
Māori ākonga / learners
Māori and Pacific learners
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Pasifika
Students
Teaching
Wellbeing

Responding to the Covid-19 crisis: Supporting Auckland NCEA students

Published: 25 Aug 2021

In 2020, Auckland students were particularly affected by Covid-19 and extra support was provided to them. Following this, ERO undertook an evaluation of three Te Kura programmes aimed at supporting Auckland NCEA students. This report outlines the findings of this evaluation - including the reach and impact of the programmes, and lessons for future responses.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Whānau
COVID-19
English-medium
Learning
Māori
Māori ākonga / learners
Māori and Pacific learners
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Pasifika
Students
Teaching
Wellbeing

The Key Competencies: Realising the Potential of the New Zealand Curriculum

Published: 22 Nov 2019

This is a companion report to Developing Key Competencies in Students Years 1 to 8. It explores current thinking about the importance of building the capabilities of young people. It outlines what the Key Competencies (KCs) are, why they are important, New Zealand’s journey with thinking about the nature and potential uses of KCs, and where this development fits in the international context.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Key competencies
Curriculum
Learning

New ERO research finds targeted programmes successful in supporting NCEA students after lockdown

Published: 25 Aug 2021

A new report from the Education Review Office (ERO) has found that tailored programmes were successful in supporting Auckland NCEA students learning after lockdown last year.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
News article
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka
Whānau
COVID-19
English-medium
Learning
Māori
Māori ākonga / learners
Māori and Pacific learners
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Pasifika
Students
Teaching
Wellbeing
Whānau

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

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

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)

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