Learning in a Covid-19 World

This suite of ERO reports outlines the impacts of Covid-19 on the education sector in 2020 and sets out lessons for how the sector can continue to support children, whānau, principals and teachers with the ongoing challenges of Covid-19. 

Te Kahu Whakahaumaru – Ngā mahi a te rāngai mātauranga Māori 

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This report looks specifically at the response of the Māori-medium sector to Covid-19, highlighting how the Māori-medium sector successfully joined forces with their communities to respond quickly to the many challenges presented by Covid-19, and went above and beyond for learners, whānau, hapū and iwi 

A Māori-language version of this report is also available.

Learning in a Covid-19 World: The Impact of Covid-19 on Early Childhood Education 

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Early childhood education services had to quickly adapt to changing requirements and periods of uncertainty due to Covid-19 in 2020. Through our work on the impact of Covid-19 we found that services went above and beyond to support children, staff and whānau and that there have been some real gains in how leaders and kaiako support and teach children. However, we also found that the full impact on early childhood education may be yet to come.  

To help early childhood education services and the education system to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this report sets out what the challenges have been for services and what lessons can support children, teachers and whānau going forward.  

Learning in a Covid-19 World: The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools 

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Schools faced new challenges in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. To understand what these challenges were and how schools responded, the Education Review Office interviewed 750 schools and surveyed over 2500 principals and teachers across the country, from May through to September 2020.  We found that schools went the extra mile to keep students learning and to support the wellbeing of students and staff. However, there is likely to have been a negative impact on student progress and wellbeing – with students telling us they were still anxious about Covid-19. It is likely the impacts of Covid-19 on education will continue to be felt this year.  

This report sets what the challenges have been for these schools during the pandemic and, to support schools and the education system to respond to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the report identifies key lessons going forward and practical steps schools can take.  

Click here to read the report and summary: Learning in a Covid-19 World: The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools

Learning in a Covid-19 World: Supporting Secondary School Engagement 

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The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has led to significant disruption to schooling, ongoing uncertainty and new requirements – all of which impacts on student engagement. Our report Learning in a Covid-19 World: The Impact of Covid-19 on Schools has found that secondary school students have been most impacted.  

To help support secondary schools with this challenge, we have identified evidence-based practices that can make a difference to engagement. This report describes practical strategies to support student engagement during the Covid-19 pandemic, including re-engaging students who are showing signs of disengagement. This report also sets out actions and innovative practices that schools have told us they found useful in engaging students after lockdown.