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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

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

Practical actions to help schools to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic

Published: 10 Dec 2020

This document is to help Schools to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It includes a range of possible Covid-19 scenarios for school leaders and parents to consider, seven practical actions they can take in to respond, and places to go for additional help and information.

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

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

Learning in a Covid-19 World: How schools have stepped up to support students and whānau

Published: 10 Dec 2020

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused significant disruption for students across New Zealand, due to lockdowns, social distancing and ongoing uncertainty. The Education Review Office interviewed 750 schools and surveyed over 2500 principals and teachers across the country, from May through to September 2020, to understand how they have responded. This summary highlights how schools have supported students and their whānau in the face of Covid-19.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Schools
Parents
Whānau
Students
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

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

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

Reporting to Parents: National Standards Years 4 to 8

Published: 11 Sep 2012

This ERO report is part of a series of reports being published over three years about aspects of the implementation of the National Standards in English-medium schools, with students in Years 1 to 8. The report focuses on schools’ progress with reporting to parents in relation to the National Standards.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Schools
Parents
National Administrative Guidelines (NAGs)

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

Partners in Learning: Good Practice

Published: 01 Sep 2008

This report complements ERO’s major evaluation, Partners in Learning: Schools’ Engagement with Parents, Whānau and Communities, published in May 2008. It presents case studies of eight schools, identified during ERO reviews, that were successful in engaging with their parents, whānau and the wider community. The report also discusses key factors that contribute to the success of this engagement.

Audience:
Parents
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Parents
Engagement
Community
School culture
Communities of Learning | Kāhui ako

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

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