Next steps

ERO recommends that the Ministry of Education supports all primary schools to undertake the following actions and understand the cumulative effect on Year 7 and 8 students if wellbeing needs are not met in earlier years.

ERO recommends that school leaders focus on promoting and responding to student wellbeing by:

  • using a set of agreed goals and targets based on school data, that emphasise student wellbeing, to guide all actions, reviews and improvements so that The New Zealand Curriculum goal of all young people being “confident, connected, actively involved and lifelong learners 1” can be met during their school years and beyond
  • strengthening teachers’ understandings about student partnership and students’ ability to make and take accountability for their own choices so they can actively contribute to school life and their education experiences.