Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre Seminars and Forums

We regularly hold research seminars and forums that showcase the most recent research and insights on education. At the seminars expert speakers share the most up to date evidence on education and innovative practice.

Upcoming seminars

Supporting Auckland students learning after lockdown

The seminar will share what we have learnt about the additional help that was put in place for Auckland students, as part of the system’s crisis response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The seminar will cover the impact of the additional support on students and what lessons can be learnt about improving the resilience of the education system.

Past seminars

July: Education in residential care

In this seminar we shared findings from our report on education provision in Oranga Tamariki residential care. 

This review found that education for children and young people living in Oranga Tamariki residential care facilities is not good enough. 

ERO is recommending significant changes to improve the education for these vulnerable children and young people. This includes increasing the quality and consistency of education across different residences and additional support when they return to mainstream school.  

It will take coordinated and focused work across agencies and providers to take forward these recommendations and to ensure positive change occurs in a system that has, for too long, served these children and young people poorly.

This seminar was a great first step, getting key players in the room to talk about the findings for the report and what can be done to change education for these vulnerable learners.

Read the full report:  Learning in Residential Care – ‘They Knew I Wanted to Learn’.  

Read the summary: Learning in Residential Care. 

May 2021: Teaching Science

In this seminar we shared the most up to date thinking on teaching science in New Zealand.

We drew on findings from our recent research and had a panel of guest speakers presenting – drawing on their own knowledge of teaching science. 

You can read our new research on teaching science here.

March 2021: Collaborations, networks and clusters

Collaboration between schools and teachers is important. This ERO research seminar focused brought together the most up-to-date thinking on what supports collaboration.

Speakers included:

  • Emeritus Professor Michael Fullan (Global educational expert)
  • Jill Farquharson (Principal, Auckland Normal Intermediate – Kahui Ako)
  • Denise Torrey (Principal, Somerfield - Kahukura Community of Practice)
  • Claire Sinnema (Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland) 
  • Tony Turnock (Chief Policy Advisor, Ministry of Education)


February 2021: Learning in a Covid-19 World

This seminar explored what the research was telling us about the impact Covid-19 had on learners and the practical actions services and schools can take in 2021 to support children, whānau, principals and teachers with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19.