Next steps

ERO recommends that the Ministry of Education provides examples of possible approaches to student wellbeing that are strongly aligned to the health and physical education learning area and supports the development of the key competencies.

ERO recommends that the Ministry of Education supports other relevant government agencies to ensure that programmes developed for schools align with the health and physical education learning area.

ERO recommends that the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) continues to work with school leaders and teachers to promote meaningful and innovative assessment practice that will deliver more manageable assessment programmes and a consequent reduction in teacher and student assessment workload.

ERO recommends schools:

  • involve students in the review of and decision making about the approaches and actions that impact on their experiences at school
  • review their senior school curriculum using The New Zealand Curriculum, in particular the key competencies, the health and physical education learning area and the senior secondary guidelines
  • review their assessment programme, in particular the number of credits available for each year, using the intent of NCEA
  • connect learning areas, with sport and culture and leadership opportunities
  • deliberately map and review the opportunities for students to explore wellbeing issues, and to develop and use key competencies and leadership skills
  • engage parents and whānau in decisions that impact on the wellbeing of their young people.