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Ethnic diversity in New Zealand state schools

Published: 01 Jan 2018

This article originally appeared in ERO Insights - Term 1, 2018 and explores how the ethnic diversity of the primary and secondary school roll has changed in New Zealand since 2009, and whether these changes are leading to more diverse or more segregated schools.

Audience:
Academics
Early learning
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Ethnic diversity
Diversity
Cultural diversity
State schools

Schools’ Provision for International Students

Published: 28 Aug 2013

This national report is ERO’s seventh report about international students. This evaluation included 95 schools (both primary and secondary) and focused on five aspects in relation to international students – integration, progress and achievement, education programme, pastoral care, overall approach and self review.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
International students
Integration
Progress
Achievement
Pastoral care
Curriculum
Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
International education

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

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

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)

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

Directions for Learning: The New Zealand Curriculum Principles, and Teaching as Inquiry

Published: 22 Jul 2011

In November 2007, a revised curriculum was launched for use in New Zealand schools. The New Zealand Curriculum is a statement of official policy related to teaching and learning in English-medium schools in New Zealand. The requirement for schools to implement The New Zealand Curriculum came into effect on 1 February 2010.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Curriculum

Keeping children engaged and achieving through rich curriculum inquiries

Published: 29 Nov 2018

This Education Review Office (ERO) report is one of a series of reports on teaching strategies that work. It features strategies and approaches that we observed in 40 primary schools selected from across New Zealand. These schools came from a database of 129 schools, all with rolls of 200 or more, in which the proportion of students in the upper primary years (Years 5 to 8) achieving at or above the expected standard had increased. In each case, achievement levels were also above average for the decile.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Engagement
Achievement
Curriculum
Raising achievement

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

Mathematics in Years 4 to 8 Developing a Responsive Curriculum

Published: 01 Feb 2013

This report is one of a series of evaluations ERO has undertaken on how schools are working with the National Standards within The New Zealand Curriculum. In this evaluation ERO used the mathematics learning area and associated standards to look at what schools were doing to raise the achievement of students in Years 4 to 8.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Mathematics
Curriculum
Raising achievement
Achievement

Working with the National Standards within the New Zealand Curriculum

Published: 09 Aug 2010

ERO evaluated preparedness to work with the National Standards within The New Zealand Curriculum in 228 schools during Terms 1 and 2, 2010. ERO found that most schools were well prepared or had preparation under way, and in many cases the preparations focused on aligning existing benchmarks and expectations with the standards.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Curriculum
Self-review

Progressions

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Students and teachers at Stonefields School describe how they use ‘learning progressions’ to build students assessment capabilities and teachers opportunities to be responsive to learner needs.

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

Working with National Standards: Good practice

Published: 18 Jun 2012

ERO has released a series of reports about the National Standards since their introduction in 2010. This latest report focuses on eight schools that are working well with the standards. 

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Good practice
National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA)
Curriculum
National Administrative Guidelines (NAGs)

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

Strengthening curriculum: inquiry maths

Published: 04 Sep 2017

An analysis of achievement data and a desire to introduce more culturally responsive pedagogies into the classroom were triggers for introducing an inquiry -based approach to the teaching of mathematics at Manurewa Central School.

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

Teaching as Inquiry: Responding to Learners

Published: 19 Jul 2012

This is ERO’s second national evaluation report on the extent to which schools have processes in place to support teaching as inquiry. It also looks at the specific inquiry approaches teachers use in classrooms.

Audience:
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Inquiry
Evaluation
Curriculum
Collaboration

Relationships for learning

Published: 04 Sep 2017

A learning community characterised by whanaungatanga and manaakitanga creates the challenge and support needed to develop learning to learn capabilities and achieve successful learning outcomes.

This video was filmed at McAuley High School.

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

Reading and Writing in Years 1 and 2

Published: 02 Dec 2009

This Education Review Office (ERO) evaluation focused on how effectively reading and writing was taught in the first two years of schooling, and on how well teachers used assessment information to plan and evaluate their teaching.

Audience:
Early learning
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Reading
Writing
Curriculum
National Administrative Guidelines (NAGs)
Instructional teaching

Science in The New Zealand Curriculum: Years 5 to 8

Published: 01 May 2012

In 2011, ERO evaluated the quality of science teaching and learning, its place within the curriculum and its relationship to literacy and numeracy teaching. The evaluation focused on Years 5 to 8 in 100 schools. This report documents the findings of this evaluation.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Curriculum
Literacy and numeracy
Good practice

Shared values

Published: 04 Sep 2017

Culturally responsive relationships and practices support and promote the development of learners’ confidence in their identity, language and culture. These relationships are explicitly acknowledged and understood by teachers and learners and contribute to an inclusive learning environment in which there are equitable opportunities to learn.  This video was filmed at Invercargill Middle School.

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