Next steps

To make teaching as inquiry a useful and integral part of everyday teaching practice in New Zealand schools and classrooms, ERO recommends:

School leaders:

  • review, periodically, the extent to which teaching as inquiry is being used in the school, with the purpose of identifying inquiry practices that are positively impacting on students’ learning, and aspects of practice that could be improved
  • extend teachers’ understanding of inquiry approaches and the ways these can be used to improve learning and teaching, particularly for students whose learning should be accelerated
  • establish expectations and guidelines for planning and evaluation that have a clear focus on using analysed assessment information to bring about improved learning outcomes for students
  • access support to further develop teachers’ understanding of The New Zealand Curriculum.

ERO recommends that the Ministry of Education continues to support school leaders and teachers to carry out robust and effective teaching as inquiry practice.