As usual we are busily planning and working on a number of evaluations, covering bullying prevention, key competencies, professional learning and development, assessment and digital technology.
In the last remaining months of 2018 we will release our next report in our series on teaching strategies that work – Keeping children engaged and achieving through rich curriculum inquiries.
This second evaluation report focuses more specifically on the steps leaders and kaiako were taking to:
» decide ‘what matters most’ in their service
» review and design their local curriculum
» work with the learning outcomes to determine their priorities for children’s learning.
In this evaluation, we gathered the data from 167 services as part of their regular ERO review in Term 1, 2018. We asked leaders and kaiako to complete a questionnaire before the onsite stage of their review. ERO review teams discussed the responses to the questionnaire with leaders and/or kaiako while onsite, and added additional comments to the questionnaire.
Read the report here - Engaging with Te Whāriki (2017)
There are 14 activity centres in New Zealand that cater for secondary school students (Years 9 ‑ 13) who are at risk of disengaging from mainstream schooling and face low educational, social and vocational outcomes. Activity centres are established by agreement of the Minister of Education. Priority is given to those students whose behaviour is likely to impede their own learning and the learning of others, and who are most likely to benefit from the programme. The objectives are to prepare these students to return to their enrolling school, to re‑engage with their education and experience success.
Since we last reviewed Activity Centres in 2013, we found that the overall provision for students had improved.
We found leaders in enrolling schools were careful about selecting and referring the students who could most benefit from attending an activity centre. Information about the students was shared with the centre. Transitions were planned effectively, valuing parent and whānau input and including them in decisions being made. Centres provided welcoming environments, and very positive staff:student relationships meant students settled quickly into the centre and to their learning.
Read the report here - Provision for students in Activity Centres
Society is changing, so schools need to change too, to help young people face new challenges. Sexuality education contributes to the overall health, wellbeing and resilience of young people.
Our report, Promoting wellbeing through sexuality education presents findings from ERO's evaluation of how well schools were promoting and supporting student wellbeing through sexuality education. It includes high-level findings, examples of good practice and recommendations for schools and policy audiences.
We know that schools and boards can find it hard or uncomfortable to consult with their community about this topic. We’ve developed a set of small publications for boards of trustees and parents and whānau – at both primary and secondary levels – to help you have meaningful conversations about sexuality education with your community.
You can download them here:
Information for whānau (primary school)
Information for Boards of Trustees (primary school)
Information for whānau (secondary school)
Information for Boards of trustees (secondary school)
These guides complement the full report.
Read the report here - Promoting wellbeing through sexuality education
ERO’s national reports are intended to promote debate and influence improvement in the education system, identify what works in schools and early learning services and showcase effective practice. National reports are available to read or download from the publications section of our website.
In addition to the reports profiled above, we have also recently published the following national evaluations:
Building genuine learning partnerships with parents
Awareness and confidence to work with Te Whāriki (2017)
Teen Parent Units
What drives learning in the senior secondary school?
Improving student wellbeing and achievement - case study
Teaching strategies that work - reading
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