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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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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