The Education Review Office (ERO) wants every school to be a great school and every learner in our system to succeed.

For this reason we developed the School Evaluation Indicators, Effective Practice for Improvement and Learner Success, released last year, which highlight those areas on which successful schools focus to improve learner outcomes.

We have now released a collection of videos and publications that bring these indicators to life and showcase schools that are making a significant, positive difference for their learners.

The videos take you right into schools and classrooms to hear the voices and perspectives of children and young people, parents, teachers and leaders.

The collection of videos and publications is called Improvement in Action | Te Ahu Whakamua, the Māori name encompassing showing the way forward. We want to shine a light on what works to achieve successful outcomes for all children and young people in the education system.

The schools we showcase are each on an improvement journey, responding to their context, their learners and their communities.

As well as sharing excellence, we want school leaders and teachers to reflect on the approaches and practices we showcase in these resources in terms of their own context, and to inform their own improvement journey.

Each video clip is accompanied by information about the school, their context and the indicators and domains which we have chosen to illustrate.

We hope the resources will encourage a conversation about what we can all do to ensure that we have a truly great education system.

ERO’s School Evaluation Indicators are underpinned by New Zealand and international evidence and research. Their focus is not just on achievement, but also on the importance of wellbeing as a foundation for children to be able to succeed.

The six domains identified within our framework are:

  • Stewardship
  • Leadership for equity and excellence
  • Educationally powerful connections and relationships
  • Responsive curriculum, effective teaching and opportunity to learn
  • Professional capability and collective capacity
  • Evaluation, inquiry and knowledge building for improvement and innovation

These domains are related to school practices, which are school-wide in their emphasis.

Effective schools have high-quality practices in all domains and these practices are integrated and coherent. The domains are mutually reinforcing, working together to support and promote improvement in professional practice and learner outcomes.

During the process of trialling the indicators, ERO had many suggestions from the education sector related to bringing them to life. This project grew out of that, and was supported by funding from the Ministry of Education.

The launch of Improvement in Action | Te Ahu Whakamua is the first step in an ongoing development project designed to support professionals and effective education practice.

Understanding and using what we know about what works is critical in addressing New Zealand’s challenge of achieving equity and excellence for every learner.

ERO would like to thank the following schools involved that gave so generously of their time and shared their experiences: Otumoetai Intermediate, Invercargill Middle School, Manurewa Central School, McAuley High School, Kerikeri High School, James Hargest High School, Rotorua Boys’ High School, and Stonefields School.

The Improvement in Action | Te Ahu Whakamua resources can be found here.

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