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NZCER began regular surveys of primary schools in 1989, focusing on the impact of the educational reforms that began then. In 2003, we added secondary schools. We survey each schooling level every 3 years, and we ask questions of principals, teachers, Board of Trustees

Our national surveys have become significant gauges of what is happening in our schools. They are important sources of information for the teaching profession, the Ministry of Education and other government agencies, and the public. They are funded by Te Pae Tawhiti, NZCER's Government Grant from the Ministry of Education.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 survey of primary and intermediate schools.  Our report for English-medium primary schools is now available. Below you can download the summary, full report, and individual sections.

National Survey project publications:

Year published Title Publication type
2020 What’s happening in our English-medium primary schools: Findings from the NZCER national survey 2019 Full report Research report
2020 What’s happening in our English-medium primary schools: Findings from the NZCER national survey 2019. Summary Research summary
2020 Student wellbeing and positive behaviour - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Te reo Māori and school provisions for ākonga Māori - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Meeting the needs of Pacific students - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Providing for students with disabilities or who need learning support - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Providing for English language learners - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Curriculum, assessment and reporting to parents and whānau - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Learning with digital technologies - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Parent and whānau perspectives on their child’s learning and school - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 School culture and teacher learning - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Team teaching and innovative learning environments - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Kāhui Ako - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Teachers' work, morale, and changes they would make - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Principal careers, wellbeing, and support - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 Trustees' perspectives and the work of school boards - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2020 School resourcing, rolls, interactions with other schools, and system support - findings from the NZCER 2019 National survey of English-medium primary schools Research report
2019 Secondary schools in 2018: Findings from the NZCER national survey Research report
2017 Pasifika students, Pasifika cultural activities, and engagement with Pasifika families Working paper
2017 Parent and whānau perspectives on their child’s schooling: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 Ākonga Māori in English-medium primary and intermediate schools: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 Teachers' work and professional learning: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 School resources, relations with other schools, and support: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 Principals and their work: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 Finding a balance—fostering student wellbeing, positive behaviour, and learning: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 The work of school boards – trustees’ perspectives: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 Digital technologies for learning: Findings from the NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016 Research report
2017 NZCER national survey of primary and intermediate schools 2016: Methodology and sample information Research report
2016 National Standards in their seventh year Research report
2016 Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako: The Emergent Stage Research report
2016 Secondary schools in 2015 Research report
2015 Ngā whakaratonga mō ngā ākonga Māori i roto i ngā kura auraki Providing for Māori students in English-medium schools Research report
2015 Learning to learn in secondary classrooms Research report
2014 Primary and intermediate schools in 2013 Research report
2013 National Standards: What difference are they making? Conference paper
2013 Sampling Methods for the NZCER Primary National Survey Conference paper
2013 NCEA one decade on Research report
2013 Secondary schools in 2012 Research report
2012 The primary school curriculum: Assimilation, adaptation, transformation Research report
2011 Opportunities for Teacher Collaborative Practices in a Self-Managed School System: the New Zealand Experience Research report
2011 Exploring connections between engagement and student voice Conference presentation
2010 NZCER 2010 Primary & Intermediate Schools National Survey Research report
2010 The Evolving NCEA Research report
2010 Reshaping the secondary school curriculum: Building the plane while flying it? Research report
2010 Principal vacancies and appointments 2008-9 Research report
2009 School resources, culture and connections: NZCER National Survey Thematic Report Research report
2008 Early childhood education services in 2007: key findings from the NZCER survey Research report
2008 Curriculum changes, priorities and issues: findings from the NZCER secondary 2006 and primary 2007 national surveys Research report
2008 Assessment practices and aspects of curriculum in early childhood education Professional learning resource
2007 Report back on the first NZCER national survey of early childhood education services: 2003–2004 Journal article