Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


New ERO report looks at practices of lower decile schools

New ERO report looks at the practices of lower decile secondary schools achieving great results for their students


A new report from the Education Review Office (ERO) looks at how some lower decile secondary schools are improving their student engagement and achievement.

The report, Towards equitable outcomes in secondary schools: good practice, publishes the findings of an evaluation completed by ERO in 2014.

ERO identified secondary schools of decile five or below with rolls of more than 200 students, that had a combination of better than average academic achievement levels and low levels of student stand-downs and suspensions. ERO then visited seven of these schools to find out the secret to their success.

The schools were Gisborne Boys High School, McAuley High School (Auckland), Mount Roskill Grammar School (Auckland), Naenae College (Lower Hutt), Opotiki College (Bay of Plenty), Otaki College (Kapiti), and Trident High School (Whakatane).

ERO’s Evaluation Services Manager, Stephanie Greaney, says the findings show that each school had a strong vision for every student’s success.


“We found that this vision focused on the wellbeing of the students and on helping them to be the best they could be.

“Every school had strong links with families and communities in ways that supported the students’ learning. Parents and whānau were involved in developing the pathways which their teenagers followed, further motivating the students,” Mrs Greaney says.

Another key factor for success was the leadership of school principals in managing change, with a focus on positive outcomes for every student enrolled at the school. Teachers worked together to improve outcomes for students, with ERO seeing innovative practices adopted by schools to meet students’ needs.

“Most importantly, the teachers believed that students can succeed and that they have a responsibility to help them do so,” says Mrs Greaney.

ERO found that young people in these schools were actively engaged and confident members of their school communities, with many taking on leadership roles.

“Our report shows that despite wider challenges, when schools and communities have a vision for success and work together to keep every student engaged and achieving, it can happen. We hope the success seen in these schools encourages others.”

She says the report highlights the variety of approaches schools can take to keep every student engaged, motivated to learn, and experiencing success in education.

Each school visited for the evaluation is featured with a description of their particular approach. Examples of good practices that other schools can use to make improvements are included in the report.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Prue Hyman On ‘Hopes Dashed?’

For Scoop Review of Books, Alison McCulloch interviewed Prue Hyman about her new book, part of the BWB Texts series, Hopes Dashed? The Economics of Gender Inequality More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Chuck Berry (And James Comey, And Bill English)

Back when many people were still treating rock’n’roll as a passing fad – was calypso going to be the new thing? – Chuck Berry knew that it had changed popular music forever. What is even more astonishing is that this 30-ish black r&b musician from a middle class family in St Louis could manage to recreate the world of white teenagers, at a time when the very notion of a “teenager” had just been invented. More>>

Howard Davis Review:
The Baroque Fusion Of L'arpeggiata

Named after a toccata by German composer Girolamo Kapsberger, L'Arpeggiata produces its unmistakable sonority mainly from the resonance of plucked strings, creating a tightly-woven acoustic texture that is both idiosyncratic and immediately identifiable. Director Christina Pluhar engenders this distinctive tonality associated with the ensemble she founded in 2000 by inviting musicians and vocalists from around the world to collaborate on specific projects illuminated by her musicological research. More>>

African Masks And Sculpture: Attic Discovery On Display At Expressions Whirinaki

Ranging from masks studded with nails and shards of glass to statues laden with magical metal, the works are from ethnic groups in nine countries ranging from Ivory Coast to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More>>

Obituary: Andrew Little Remembers Murray Ball

“Murray mined a rich vein of New Zealand popular culture and exported it to the world. Wal and Dog and all the other Kiwi characters he crafted through Footrot Flats were hugely popular here and in Australia, Europe and North America." More>>

ALSO:

Organised Choas: NZ Fringe Festival 2017 Awards

Three more weeks of organised chaos have come to an end with the Wellington NZ Fringe Arts Festival Awards Ceremony as a chance to celebrate all our Fringe artists for their talent, ingenuity, and chutzpah! More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Wellington Writer Wins $US165,000 Literature Prize

Victoria University of Wellington staff member and alumna Ashleigh Young has won a prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize worth USD$165,000 for her book of essays Can You Tolerate This? More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: We’re All Lab Rats

A couple of years ago, there were reports that Silicon Valley executives were sending their children to tech-free schools. It was a story that dripped of irony: geeks in the heart of techno-utopia rejecting their ideology when it came to their own kids. But the story didn’t catch on, and an awkward question lingered. Why were the engineers of the future desperate to part their gadgets from their children? More>>

  • CensusAtSchool - Most kids have no screen-time limits
  • Netsafe - Half of NZ high school students unsupervised online
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Education
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news