Improvement in action: Examples of schools making a significant difference

We are committed to highlighting excellent practice when we see it. Our recently released Improvement in Action | Te Ahu Whakamua video resources showcase schools making a significant difference for their students.

The videos bring our School Evaluation Indicators to life by illustrating what works to help achieve successful outcomes for all children and young people in the education system. The short stories capture the perspectives and voices of children and young people, parents, teachers and leaders from schools around the country.

At the heart of the Indicators framework is the vision for learner outcomes identified in the New Zealand Curriculum: “confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.” The Indicators draw on New Zealand and international evidence and research and identify six domains. These domains work together to support and promote improvement in professional practice and outcomes. 

Improvement in Action | Te Ahu Whakamua is intended to support schools in their internal evaluation and improvement efforts. The videos capture the perspectives and voices of children and young people, parents, teachers and leaders. There is a range of video clips for each school, showing aspects of practice that have been effective in improving learner outcomes in each school context.

The schools showcased are all on their own improvement journey, responding to their context, their learners and their communities. ERO wants every school to be a great school. The aim of these resources is to engage teachers and school leaders in reflecting on approaches and practice in their own context.

“ERO is committed to highlighting and promoting excellent practice where we find it. We will continue to develop Improvement in Action | Te Ahu Whakamua online resources, drawing on the growing international and national evidence base about effective practice in education.”

“Understanding and using what we know about what works is critical in addressing the challenge of achieving equity and excellence for every learner,” says Chief Executive Nicholas Pole.

By showcasing these schools on their improvement journey, we are hoping to engage other teachers and school leaders. We encourage you to use these videos to help you reflect on your own approaches and practices in your context as part of your improvement efforts.

Watch the videos in the Improvement in Action | Te Ahu Whakamua library.

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