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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

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

Stewardship: working relationships

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Invercargill Middle School, the way in which school trustees and leaders work together fosters an appreciative and respectful environment that acknowledges the contributions of everyone in the learning community.

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

Purposeful education pathway

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The setting of academic goals that build toward purposeful educational pathways and career options begins early at McAuley High School and supports student choices throughout their schooling.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Relationships
Evaluation
Curriculum
Teaching
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

Deliberate acts of leadership

Published: 13 Jun 2017

A school principal talks about how he works with his teachers and Māori community to develop a bicultural school context within which both Treaty partners are acknowledged and valued. A teacher and members of the Māori community describe how this principal’s leadership has facilitated a reciprocal relationship between the school and their local Māori community.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
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

Building capability

Published: 04 Sep 2017

The focus on driving and sustaining improvement in outcomes in this school involves solution seeking processes typified by innovation and whole school participation. The principal describes the approach that supports this ongoing activity as more entrepreneurial than hierarchical.

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

Equitable opportunities to learn

Published: 12 Jun 2017

At this secondary school leaders and teachers have responded to students’ need for more time to achieve their goals. While not mandatory for either staff or students, lunchtime and after school learning sessions have become the norm.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Stewardship: strategic resourcing

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Manurewa Central School, careful financial management over many years has enabled the provision of high quality facilities and resources that enhance the school environment and learning opportunities available to students and their families and whanau and the community. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Stewardship
Resourcing
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

Professional inquiry  

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Inquiry is at the heart of what drives improvement and innovation at McAuley High School. 

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

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

Caring, collaborative, inclusive learning communities

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At Invercargill Middle School, students and teachers contribute to, and work in, a supportive learning environment characterised by manaakitanga and whanaungatanga.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Improvement
Collaboration
Inclusion
Manaakitanga
Whanaungatanga
Evaluation indicators
Teaching
Video
Improvement in Action Te Ahu Whakamua

Student feedback: promoting teacher learning

Published: 04 Sep 2017

At McAuley High School, leaders and teachers actively model learning behaviour for the students including eliciting student feedback on a regular basis

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