Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Helping students move to secondary school - study

Helping students move to secondary school - study

A new research study will explore how New Zealand students cope during and after their transition to secondary school, and identify how to better help students make the move, Education Minister Trevor Mallard said today.

“The new study will build on the findings of a Waikato University review of international and New Zealand research on the subject which I am releasing today," Trevor Mallard said.

"This review of research shows us there is a decline in achievement for many students during their transition to secondary school, and also that the transition can be stressful for many students who are used to the more nurturing environment of primary school.

"It also shows we have little New Zealand research evidence about the specific social and academic changes these students face, in particular, research about the experiences of Maori and Pacific Island students, and students at risk.

"Hence the reason to invest in our own research — we need to understand these issues from a New Zealand perspective.

"This new study, being undertaken by the Ministry of Education, will consider what factors might smooth or hinder a student’s transition years and show us what we can do to better support them.

"The research study will follow a group of students in Auckland and Wellington through their transition years to provide us with more relevant and in-depth information.

"Specifically, the study is following a group of Year 8 (formerly Form 2) students from their last term at primary school (Term 4, 2003) through to their first and second years at secondary school (2004/05).

"Students, parents, teachers and principals from two secondary schools and eight primary/intermediate feeder schools in Wellington and Auckland are involved.

"Students will be interviewed about their views on school, their own learning and achievement, extracurricular activities and their experiences of transition.

“The findings we gain from this study will also provide valuable information for our goal of improving the quality of teaching and learning by focusing on evidence-based research that shows what works in practice, on the ground."

The literature review Transition to Secondary School: Scoping the Issues and Research Directions was carried out by Clive McGee, Richard Ward, Joan Gibbons and Ann Harlow from the University of Waikato.

It is available at:

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election