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Science in secondary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 22 Apr 2021

Critical to science education is the quality of teaching of science in schools, and the engagement of students with science. This guide sets out actions you can take to strengthen science teaching in your school.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
State schools
Integrated schools
Primary

Social Workers in Schools

Published: 29 Nov 2019

This ERO qualitative case study report undertaken on behalf of Oranga Tamariki captures the voices of children and their whanau who were recipients of the Social Workers in Schools (SWiS) service. SWiS is a government funded, community social work service provided in most English and Māori medium, decile 1-3 primary and intermediate schools.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Social Workers in Schools (SWiS)
Social workers
Primary
Intermediate
Pastoral care
Case study
Resilience
Therapeutic care and education (TEC)
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Professional Learning and Development in Schools

Published: 02 Dec 2019

How well were school leaders determining Professional Learning and Development priorities and evaluating its impact?

ERO spoke with school leaders responsible for planning Professional Learning and Development (PLD) and looked at a variety of documents in 242 state or state-integrated schools (excluding kura) reviewed in Terms 3 and 4, 2018. ERO made an overall judgment about how well school leaders were determining PLD priorities and evaluating the impact of PLD.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Schools
School leaders
Literacy
International education

Raising achievement in primary schools

Published: 30 Jun 2014

This national report presents the findings of how well a sample of primary schools were taking actions to increase the number of students achieving 'at' or 'above' national standards.The findings show that half of the schools in the evaluation had used deliberate actions to support students to accelerate progress and sustain achievement.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Primary
Equitable outcomes
Accelerated learning
Evaluation indicators
Education outcomes

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

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

Wellbeing for Children's Success at Primary School

Published: 19 Feb 2015

This report documents the findings of ERO's evaluation of how well 159 primary schools reviewed in Term 1 2014 promoted and responded to student wellbeing.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Wellbeing
Primary
Mental health

On your marks ... get set... go! A tale of six schools and the digital technologies curriculum content

Published: 23 Jan 2020

ERO conducted case studies of six schools’ implementation of the digital technologies curriculum content in Term 1, 2019. Schools that had successfully integrated the curriculum had leaders who promoted a growth mindset for teachers and looked to integrate digital technologies into existing curriculum. Timely professional development for teachers and positive community connections also enhanced schools’ ability to integrate the digital technologies curriculum.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
New Zealand Curriculum
Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko
Information and Communications Technology
Literacy
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

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

Science in primary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 19 Apr 2021

Science is a way of making sense of the world, and the universe beyond it. Science involves systematically making and testing ideas, collecting evidence through a variety of methods, problem-solving, and creating new knowledge. Scientific knowledge and ways of thinking help to inform technological innovations and creative solutions to problems.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
State schools
Integrated schools
Primary

A guide to learning in a Covid-19 world - Supporting primary-aged students into 2021

Published: 19 Jan 2021

This short guide is for school leaders and teachers in schools with primary-aged students. It covers what we found from talking to schools in 2020 about the impact of Covid-19, and shares strategies used by schools to respond to the challenges they faced. It also sets out some actions that could be considered for continuing to support students, parents, whānau and staff in 2021.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Primary
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Collaboration in Action: Lessons from a Community of Practice

Published: 11 May 2021

There is a growing body of research which shows that schools who work together are more effective in improving the quality of teaching and student learning, and in supporting school development.  This is a short report that looks at lessons on collaboration from a Community of Practice. 

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

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

Raising student achievement through targeted actions

Published: 18 Dec 2015

In 2015, ERO investigated target setting in both primary and secondary schools. We focused on the extent to which targeted actions of schools supported accelerated progress for students at risk of not achieving.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Raising achievement
Achievement
Primary
Secondary

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 (CoP), with a view to identifying areas where they might consider further enhancements and to document and capture lessons and insights into practices, which could be

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

Literacy and Mathematics in Years 9 and 10: Using Achievement Information to Promote Success

Published: 03 Jul 2012

This evaluation looked at how effectively schools use literacy and mathematics achievement information to improve learning for Years 9 and 10 students. The evaluation found that improvements are needed in most secondary schools’ practice with these students. It identifies the actions which school leaders, boards of trustees and teachers can take to help Years 9 and 10 students to be engaged, active and successful learners.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Literacy
Mathematics
Achievement
Assessment information
Secondary
Students

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