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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

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

Secondary Schools Pathways for future education, training and employment

Published: 25 Jun 2013

This report follows on from ERO’s 2012 report on careers education, Careers Information, Advice, Guidance and Education (CIAGE) in Secondary Schools. This second report investigates how well 74 secondary schools have prepared their students for future opportunities in education, training and employment.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Career education
Careers Information Advice Guidance and Education (CIAGE)
Youth Guarantee Programme
Service Academies
Secondary-Tertiary Programmes (Trades Academies)

Careers Information, Advice, Guidance and Education (CIAGE) in Secondary Schools

Published: 01 Aug 2012

This is ERO’s first national report on CIAGE since The Quality of Career Education and Guidance in Schools in 2006. In this evaluation ERO examined the approach of 44 secondary schools to CIAGE.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Career education
Careers Information Advice Guidance and Education (CIAGE)
Youth Guarantee Programme
National Administrative Guidelines (NAGs)

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

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

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

Careers education and guidance: Good practice

Published: 07 May 2015

The report focuses on good practice and showcases 10 secondary schools with high quality careers education. It identifies factors that contribute to high quality careers education and guidance in New Zealand secondary schools.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Career education
Careers Information Advice Guidance and Education (CIAGE)
National Administrative Guidelines (NAGs)
Youth Guarantee Programme
Secondary-Tertiary Programmes (Trades Academies)
Service Academies

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

Learning leadership

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The team structure in this school supports the professional learning and development of leaders and teachers. Team members discuss their roles, responsibilities and the reciprocal nature of their interactions.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Learning
Equitable outcomes
Evaluation indicators
Professional capability
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Effective teaching - what's happening in my child's classroom?

Published: 15 Apr 2013

Effective Teaching - What's happening in my child's classroom? gives parents an insight into teaching practice and includes questions parents can use when discussing their child's progress with the 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:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Teachers | Kaiako
Guides for parents

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

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

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

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

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