National evaluations - what's out now and coming soon...

In early learning services we continue our series of evaluations focused on the implementation of Te Whāriki (2017).  The first evaluation in the series explores what support leaders and kaiako have accessed; what the perceived barriers or challenges are to implementation; and what further support leaders and kaiako need in order to implement Te Whāriki (2017). This focus is continuing in Term 1, 2018. In Term 2 we will be looking at how services are preparing to implement Te Whāriki 2017.

In primary and secondary schools we are investigating how effectively schools are working toward creating bullying free environments.  This will include schools’ approaches, strategies and practices regarding bullying prevention and response, and students’ experience and views of bullying prevention and response in their schools. The evaluation is being undertaken in all primary and intermediate schools being reviewed in Term 1, 2018; and all secondary schools being reviewed in Terms 1 and 2, 2018. The evaluation includes collecting student voice through an online survey available to schools taking part in the evaluation.

Last year, we looked at the evaluation topic of promoting wellbeing through sexuality education. This national evaluation investigated how schools support and promote safety and wellbeing for students through effective sexuality education. We also visited a small number of schools to find out about their responses to common challenges in sexuality education and supporting the wellbeing of their sex, gender and sexuality diverse students. ERO is currently preparing reports that focus on policy implications and sharing effective practice.

ERO will soon add to its Teaching approaches and strategies that work suite of publications - Building genuine partnerships with parents and Keeping children engaged and achieving in reading include narratives about strategies in classrooms and across schools that have led to an increase in student achievement.

What's been published this year?

Newly Graduated Teachers: Preparation and confidence to teach

In this evaluation, ERO met with newly graduated teachers (NGTs) and leaders in early learning services and schools to find out how confident and prepared NGTs were as a result of their ITE programme.

Hauhaketia ngā taonga tuku iho puāwai ai: uneath our ancestral treasures so that we may prosper

Our evaluation insights alongside contributions from the Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust (Te Kōhanga Reo Trust) and kōhanga reo whānau inform the findings of this report, which highlights effective practice in kōhanga reo, specifically the support children need to grow and thrive through a quality immersion pathway. This report is published in English and Te Reo Māori.

Teaching Strategies that work – Mathematics 
This report is one of a series of reports on teaching strategies that work. It features strategies and approaches that we observed in 40 primary schools selected from across New Zealand. These schools came from a database of 129 schools, all with rolls of 200 or more, in which the proportion of students in the upper primary years (Years 5 to 8) achieving at or above the national standard had increased. In each case achievement levels were also above average for the decile.