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Growing Curiosity Teaching Strategies to Engage Years 5 to 11 Students in Science

Published: 12 Apr 2021

This report shares teaching approaches and strategies for Year 5 to Year 11 that ERO has identified in a range of schools where students were found to be highly engaged in science. This report should be seen as a resource for leaders and teachers looking to strengthen their teaching of science. It looks at Years 5-11 as they are the critical years for science engagement before learners make final choices on whether to continue in science.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Guidance
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Science in secondary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 22 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help secondary school leaders think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

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

Science in secondary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 21 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help secondary school teachers think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

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

Science in primary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 20 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help primary school leaders think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

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

Science in primary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 19 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help primary school teachers think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

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

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

Science in New Zealand schools and early childhood services - series summary

Published: 12 Apr 2021

Science is important – we rely on science and scientific thinking in almost every endeavour in our modern society. High quality science education at school is essential for learners who want a career in science, but it is also important for all learners to help them understand the scientific issues that whānau, communities, and nations face. Issues such as climate change, healthy living, and innovation all depend on science.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Early learning
Early childhood services
Integrated schools
State schools

Bullying Prevention and Response in New Zealand Schools May 2019

Published: 13 May 2019

New Zealand schools have one of the highest rates of bullying among OECD member countries. In this evaluation, ERO looked at the extent to which schools were effectively working towards an environment in which students feel safe and free from bullying.

A companion report to this one, Bullying Prevention and Response: Student Voice focuses on ERO’s survey of students on their experience and understandings of bullying and effective bullying prevention and response.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Bullying
Students
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

Effective school evaluation: how to do and use internal evaluation for improvement

Published: 19 Nov 2015

This guide to using internal evaluation for improvement purposes is published jointly by ERO and the Ministry of Education as a companion to School Evaluation Indicators: Effective Practice for Improvement and Learner Success and is supported by Internal Evaluation: Good Practice.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Internal evaluation
Pasifika
English-medium
Raising achievement
Improvement

Case studies - Aotea College Case Study: Improving Māori student wellbeing and achievement

Published: 28 May 2018

Improvement in Action brings to life ERO’s School Evaluation Indicators and illustrates what works to achieve successful outcomes for all children and young people in the education system.

The case studies complement the video sequences in Improvement in Action.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Educultural Wheel
Tātaiako
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)
Communities of Learning | Kāhui ako

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

Science in the Early Years: Early Childhood and Years 1-4

Published: 12 Apr 2021

This report looks at how well science is led in services and schools, how well science is woven through the curriculum, and how well kaiako/ teachers include science in a responsive curriculum. Each section of this report provides leaders, kaiako, and teachers with reflective questions to consider, which could support improvements. We also identify opportunities for improvement at both the individual service / school level, and for the system.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Early learning
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

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

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

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

Wellbeing for success: effective practice

Published: 21 Mar 2016

In 2014, the Education Review Office (ERO) undertook an evaluation of the extent to which schools were promoting and responding to student wellbeing in primary and secondary schools. This 2016 effective practice report provides further detail about practices in selected schools that promote wellbeing for all students, and describes how these schools respond when concerns, issues or events require more targeted support.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Wellbeing
Mental health
Responding to issues
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)
Restorative practice
Educultural Wheel
Sexuality

Promoting Pacific Student Achievement

Published: 01 Jun 2010

This 2010 report is the second the Education Review Office has published on the educational achievement of Pacific students in New Zealand schools. The evaluation looked at the achievement, engagement and presence in school of Pacific students, and progress made in the three years since the previous report.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Pasifika
Group Special Education (GSE)

Educationally powerful connections with parents and whānau

Published: 09 Nov 2015

In this report, the Education Review Office (ERO) evaluated how well 256 schools worked with parents and whanau to respond to students at risk of underachievement. We looked for examples where schools had specifically worked with parents and whānau to accelerate and support progress and improve achievement.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
At-risk students
Evaluation
Whanaungatanga
Accelerated learning
Pasifika