Our webinars 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

29 September 2022: Education provision for disabled learners in NZ 

This event will cover the findings of our latest reports - which look at the quality of education for disabled learners in NZ. 


This new research, conducted in partnership with the Office for Disability Issues and the Human Rights Commission, has found that education across NZ schools and early childhood services is failing disabled learners. Disabled children have the same rights to enrol and receive a good education as other learners and we know that a quality education can change their lives. But disabled learners are being let down time and time again, and coordinated action needs to be taken now to significantly improve education for these priority learners.

The forum will cover the key findings and implications from this work. There will then be a Q+A panel discussion. 

Read the new research here

Past seminars

March 2022: Responding to Diverse Cultures: Good Practice in Home-based Early Childhood Services

This webinar looked at good culturally responsive practice in early childhood education - drawing on examples from our report Responding to Diverse Cultures: Good Practice in Home-based Early Childhood Services

This report and webinar looked at how children's cultures and languages can be reflected in everyday practice, supporting their learning and wellbeing. Drawn from home-based ECE settings, this webinar looked at a collection of useful examples to inspire and motivate kaiako across the early learning sector to grow their ability in culturally responsive teaching. 

September 2021: Supporting Auckland students learning after lockdown

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

July 2021: 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.