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Growing Curiosity Teaching Strategies to Engage Years 5 to 11 Students in Science

Published: 12 Apr 2021

This report shares teaching approaches and strategies for Year 5 to Year 11 that ERO has identified in a range of schools where students were found to be highly engaged in science. This report should be seen as a resource for leaders and teachers looking to strengthen their teaching of science. It looks at Years 5-11 as they are the critical years for science engagement before learners make final choices on whether to continue in science.

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Guidance
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Science in secondary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 22 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help secondary school leaders think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
State schools
Integrated schools
Primary

Science in secondary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 21 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help secondary school teachers think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
Science
State schools
Integrated schools
Schools

The School Self Audit and Assurance Statement: A New Approach

Published: 12 Apr 2021

There are seven documents that make up the School Self Audit and Assurance Statement which schools complete during their review: Introduction to the School Self Audit and Assurance Statement, Board administration checklist, Curriculum checklist, Health, safety and welfare checklist, Personnel checklist, Finance checklist, Asset management checklist. Download them all on this page.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Basic page
Topics:
Evaluation
Schools
Schools evaluation
Board of Trustees

Science in primary schools: a guide for leaders

Published: 20 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help primary school leaders think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Integrated schools
Schools
State schools
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Science in primary schools: a guide for teachers

Published: 19 Apr 2021

To support leaders and teachers to review and strengthen the science learning opportunities they provide, ERO explored the strategies and approaches that a selection of schools had taken to increase students’ engagement in science. This short guides draws on this work to help primary school teachers think about how they can support stronger science teaching and learning in their school.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Science
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
State schools
Integrated schools
Primary

Learning in a Covid-19 World: The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools

Published: 19 Jan 2021

To understand what the challenges of Covid-19 were in 2020 and how schools responded, the Education Review Office spoke to schools and surveyed over 2500 principals and teachers across the country. This report presents our findings on how Covid-19 impacted students, teachers and schools, how schools responded and what they learnt, and the challenges schools expect they might face in future alert level changes.

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Schools
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

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

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

Learning in a Covid-19 World: Supporting Secondary School Students as They Return to the Classroom

Published: 23 Sep 2021

This short report, aimed at secondary school leaders, sets out how prepared students and schools felt ahead of the Covid-19 lockdown in August and provides recommendations for how schools can support their students as they return to the classroom. 

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
COVID-19

Learning in a Covid-19 World: Supporting Primary School Students as They Return to the Classroom

Published: 23 Sep 2021

This short report, aimed at primary school leaders, sets out how prepared students and schools felt ahead of the Covid-19 lockdown in August and provides recommendations for how schools can support their students as they return to the classroom. 

Audience:
Academics
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre
COVID-19

Covid-19: Impact on schools and early childhood services - Interim Report

Published: 28 Aug 2020

ERO has a comprehensive and fast-tracked work programme underway to understand the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on students, services and schools, and on teaching and learning in Aotearoa New Zealand in the English and Māori medium education sectors.

Audience:
Early learning
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Early childhood services
Schools
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Learning in a Covid-19 World: Supporting Secondary School Engagement

Published: 19 Jan 2021

This report explains strategies for supporting secondary students’ engagement during the Covid19 pandemic. These strategies include re-engaging students who present with wellbeing concerns or show signs of disengagement. The report also includes some innovative actions schools used to promote student engagement after the first lockdown in 2020.

Audience:
Education
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Secondary
Engagement
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

Seven Christchurch schools work together to make a difference for their learners  

Published: 10 May 2021

The Education Review Office (ERO) has today launched a report showing how seven Christchurch schools improved outcomes for learners through innovation and working together.  

The group of schools, forming a community of practice called Kahukura, identified a need in their community to better support their students’ wellbeing and learning. 

Audience:
Academics
Education
Schools
Content type:
News article
Topics:
Collaboration
Decision making
English-medium
Evaluation
Guidance
Improvement
Intermediate
Internal evaluation
Knowledge building
Primary
Relationships
School leaders
Schools
Secondary
Students
Teachers | Kaiako
Teaching
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

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

Learning in a Covid-19 World: How schools have stepped up to support students and whānau

Published: 10 Dec 2020

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused significant disruption for students across New Zealand, due to lockdowns, social distancing and ongoing uncertainty. The Education Review Office interviewed 750 schools and surveyed over 2500 principals and teachers across the country, from May through to September 2020, to understand how they have responded. This summary highlights how schools have supported students and their whānau in the face of Covid-19.

Audience:
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
COVID-19
Schools
Parents
Whānau
Students
Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

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

Effective school evaluation: how to do and use internal evaluation for improvement

Published: 19 Nov 2015

This guide to using internal evaluation for improvement purposes is published jointly by ERO and the Ministry of Education as a companion to School Evaluation Indicators: Effective Practice for Improvement and Learner Success and is supported by Internal Evaluation: Good Practice.

Audience:
Māori-medium
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Internal evaluation
Pasifika
English-medium
Raising achievement
Improvement

Evaluation at a glance: A decade of assessment in New Zealand Primary Schools - Practice and trends

Published: 24 Apr 2018

High quality assessment and evaluation allows us to focus on student progress and outcomes at classroom, school and system levels.  It helps teachers, schools and systems to report on student achievement across points in time, and provide information for parents, trustees and the public about the quality of education. 

Audience:
Education
Parents
Schools
Content type:
Research
Topics:
Evaluation
Assessment
Formative assessment
The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)
The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement (NMSSA)

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