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Science in secondary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 21 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:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Science
State schools
Integrated schools
Schools

The School Self Audit and Assurance Statement: A New Approach

Published: 12 Apr 2021

There are seven documents that make up the School Self Audit and Assurance Statement which schools complete during their review: Introduction to the School Self Audit and Assurance Statement, Board administration checklist, Curriculum checklist, Health, safety and welfare checklist, Personnel checklist, Finance checklist, Asset management checklist. Download them all on this page.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Evaluation
Schools
Schools evaluation
Board of Trustees

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

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

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. Children are curious by nature and are eager to explore, question, experiment, and learn about the world around them. Primary school teachers can use a variety of approaches when teaching science, that give children opportunities to explore, experiment, and express new ideas.

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

Learning in a Covid-19 World: The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools

Published: 19 Jan 2021

Schools faced new challenges in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. To understand what these challenges were and how schools responded, the Education Review Office interviewed 750 schools and surveyed over 2500 principals and teachers across the country, from May through to September 2020.

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

Evaluation at a glance: What ERO knows about effective schools

Published: 09 Mar 2011

Evaluation at a Glance: What ERO Knows About Effective Schools explores five themes from a cross-section of ERO's evaluations in primary and secondary schools over the past four years:

  • A focus on the learner
  • Leadership in an inclusive culture
  • Effective teaching
  • Engagement with parents, whānau and communities
  • Coherent policies and practice in a cycle of continuous self review
Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Schools
Community

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

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

Covid-19: Impact on schools and early childhood services - Interim Report

Published: 28 Aug 2020

ERO has a comprehensive and fast-tracked work programme underway to understand the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on students, services and schools, and on teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand in the English and Māori medium education sectors.

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

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

Te Muka Here Tangata –  The strand that binds people

Published: 06 May 2021

This case study explores the impact of the 2020 Covid-19 events on Māori learners in English-medium schools, and the response of leaders, schools and communities in the Bay of Plenty and East Coast regions.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Bicultural curriculum
Bilingual
East Coast region
English-medium
Cultural diversity
Māori student achievement
Māori parents and whanau
Schools
School community
Te reo Māori
Whānau
Wellbeing
Māori immersion
Māori
Manaakitanga
Inclusive practices
Inclusion
COVID-19
Principals' performance
School leaders
Teachers | Kaiako
Whanaungatanga

Science in primary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 20 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
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Integrated schools
Schools
State schools
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

How ERO reviews

Published: 04 Mar 2021

ERO reviews all early childhood services, kōhanga reo, schools and kura to help their learners flourish. We focus on what’s working well for learners/ākonga and what can improve.  

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Kōhanga Reo
Kura
Early childhood services
Evaluation
Schools
School hostels
International students

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)

Te Kahu Whakahaumaru: Māori continue to show resilience across Māori-medium education

Published: 10 Dec 2020

In Aotearoa, Māori-medium education experienced significant disruption when the outbreak of Covid-19 forced kura to close their doors, and whānau and kaiako to adjust to home schooling and distance learning. Among the many challenges were access to technology and resources with Māori communities among the most affected.

Audience:
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Schools
Māori-medium
Teachers | Kaiako
Resilience
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Te Pou Mataaho | Evaluation and Research Māori

New research from ERO highlights impact of Covid-19 on education sector

Published: 19 Jan 2021

Suite of reports outlines the impacts of Covid-19 on the education sector and provides lessons for how the sector can support children, whānau, principals and teachers with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
News article
Topics:
COVID-19
Schools
Learners
Students

Te Kahu Whakahaumaru – Ngā mahi a te rangai mātauranga Māori (English)

Published: 19 Jan 2021

Te Pou Mataaho, ERO’s evaluation and research group, and Te Uepū ā Motu, ERO’s national evaluation and review team, pursued this evaluation to provide an evidence base about the initial impacts of Covid-19 on Māori-medium education and how the sector responded.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Schools
Māori-medium
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Te Pou Mataaho | Evaluation and Research Māori