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School Leadership That Works

Published: 07 Nov 2016

This evaluation report illustrates the leadership domain of ERO’s School Evaluation Indicators in practice by:

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
School leaders
Leadership

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

Towards equitable outcomes in secondary schools: Good practice

Published: 29 May 2014

This report presents examples of good practice in student engagement and achievement. The examples come from a sample of secondary schools, rated decile 5 or below with rolls of 200 students or more, who had better outcomes for students than other similar schools. ERO visited seven of these schools to find out the secret to their success.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Secondary
Good practice
Community
Culture
School community

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

Evaluation at a Glance: Transitions from Primary to Secondary School

Published: 10 Dec 2012

This national report combines current research with findings from recent ERO reports about students' transitions between and through schools. The report discusses the important pastoral care and learning support processes needed for successful transitions.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Pastoral care
Education transitions
Vulnerable learners
Diversity
Community

Stories of Resilience and Innovation in Schools and Early Childhood Services Canterbury Earthquakes 2010-2012

Published: 16 Jun 2013

This national report gives an insight into what Canterbury schools and early childhood services experienced during and after the earthquakes. It tells their stories and gives good advice about emergency planning for others in the education sector.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Resilience
Canterbury earthquakes
Emergency planning
Employment practices
Community
Wellbeing

Promoting wellbeing through sexuality education

Published: 12 Sep 2018

This report provides findings from ERO's evaluation of how well schools were promoting and supporting student wellbeing through sexuality education.

It includes high-level findings, examples of good practice and recommendations for schools and policy audiences. It is accompanied by a series of short publications for whānau, students, and trustees.

Brochures aimed at students, whānau and Boards of Trustees are also available.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Wellbeing
Sexuality
Health and Physical Education
Curriculum
Stewardship
Leadership
Capability
Evaluation
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT)

Whole school buddy system

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Otumoetai Intermediate, all teachers are engaged in differentiated professional learning and development. Those with similar goals are ‘buddied’ with another staff member.

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

Māori succeeding as Māori

Published: 04 Sep 2017

A school principal talks about how he works with his school community to develop an environment where Māori learners are supported and can succeed as Māori.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Māori student achievement
Māori
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Partnerships between home and community

Published: 04 Sep 2017

This school seeks every opportunity to connect with the groups within its multicultural community to support those groups to connect to one another as well as engage with the school and their children’s learning.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Relationships
Evaluation indicators
Leadership
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

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

Tracking for success

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The deputy principal at Kerikeri High School describes the process the school leaders went through to develop electronic systems and processes to track student academic success. The principal describes how the tracking tool alerted school leaders when students were at risk of not achieving and led them to consider ways to ensure students had further opportunities to succeed.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Success
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

The New Zealand Curriculum Principles: Foundations for Curriculum Decision-Making

Published: 19 Jul 2012

This is ERO’s second national evaluation report looking at the extent to which the principles of The New Zealand Curriculum are evident in schools’ curricula and enacted in classrooms. The curriculum principles are intended to be the basis of curriculum decision-making at schools. 

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Curriculum
Diversity
Community
Demographics

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

The equal of everybody

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Driven by the conviction that everybody can achieve, leaders and teachers seek to overcome barriers to equity and excellence experienced by individual students at McAuley High School.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Opportunity to learn: a sense of urgency

Published: 04 Sep 2017

In responding to its unique context Invercargill Middle School adopted a range of approaches to accelerate learning. Teachers share a collective commitment to making the most of every learning opportunity.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Leadership
Curriculum
Teaching
Evaluation
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Student feedback: observing the teacher

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Otumoetai Intermediate School, Student Learning Leaders learn how to undertake structured classroom observations focused on teaching and learning. The students and staff discuss the process and its impact.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Feedback
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Using data to determine the conversation that needs to be had

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At McAuley High School, the use of student achievement data and other evidence is the catalyst for determining who needs to be part of the discussion to seek solutions and establish next steps.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Leadership
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Own it fix it learn from it

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Interruptions to learning are deliberately minimised. When the behaviour of individual students threatens to disrupt the learning of others, the individualized approach and resourcing enables engagement in learning to continue. This video was filmed at Invercargill Middle School.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Leadership
Evaluation
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Shared ownership

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Senior leaders at Invercargill Middle School have put processes in place to ensure that all teachers participate in and contribute to the co-construction of decisions about how best to move forward. The principal describes the approach as ‘change coming from the classroom, not the principals office’.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Leadership
Professional development
Evaluation indicators
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua