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Author(s): Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research report

In 2023 Auckland Council’s Sustainable Schools team piloted a project called Mana Ora: Students Decarbonising Schools. This project aimed to empower students, with support, to plan and implement action projects linked to decarbonisation within their schools. The five theme areas below provided project inspiration. 

26 March 2024
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Sally Boyd
Publication type: Research report

How can schools and organisations in Aotearoa measure wellbeing? And how can models of health and wellbeing that draw on mātauranga Māori help them do this?  

Hei whakaarotanga: Engaging with models of health and wellbeing that draw on mātauranga Māori is a new paper from NZCER that explores a range of health and wellbeing models that draw on mātauranga Māori that have been used at individual, collective, and population levels in Aotearoa New Zealand.  

5 March 2024
Author(s): Jo MacDonald, Nicola Bright, Mengnan Li
Publication type: Research report

This is the fourth annual evaluation report for the Sorted in Schools, Te whai hua – kia ora programme, a financial literacy programme for secondary school students and ākonga, led by Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission. In 2023, the evaluation focused on collecting data about key programme goals and reporting on the proportion of schools and kura that used Sorted in Schools, Te whai hua – kia ora in 2022/23. This short report presents findings from a survey of teachers and kaiako. 

25 November 2023
Author(s): Mohamed Alansari, Mengnan Li
Publication type: Research report

As part of the National Survey of Schools project, part of NZCER’s Te Pae Tawhiti programme of research, we collaborated with the New Zealand Area Schools Association (NZASA) to survey area school teachers between 15 June and 21 July 2023. 

A total of 652 area teachers across 64 area schools completed the survey, with questions focusing on: 

2 November 2023
Author(s): Mohamed Alansari, Jo MacDonald, Mengnan Li
Publication type: Research report

The long-running National Survey of Schools project is part of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research’s (NZCER’s) Te Pae Tawhiti programme of research, funded through the Ministry of Education. NZCER has run a national survey of secondary schools every 3 years since 2003. As part of the 2022 National Survey of Secondary Schools, we invited all English-medium secondary school principals (state and state-integrated) to complete our surveys.

The report covers all the questions asked of principals, organised in four areas:

2 November 2023
Author(s): Keita Durie, Melissa Denzler, Hana Turner-Adams
Publication type: Research report

Me aro ki te hā o Hine-ahu-one 

Pay heed and dignity to the power of women 

Distinct qualities and models of leadership, cultural taxation, and the need for mentoring are among the key findings of a landmark new study on wāhine Māori in educational leadership.  

22 September 2023
Author(s): Sophie Watson, Sally Boyd, Teresa Maguire
Publication type: Research report

This report explores the support that early career teachers | kaiako (ECT|K) in English-medium early childhood education, primary, and secondary centres need. It includes an examination of aspects of the mentoring process that are working well for both ECT|K and their mentors and suggests ways this support could be improved. 

Additionally, the study included a specific focus on the experiences of Māori and Pacific ECT|K working in English-medium centres. These teachers had many commonalities with other ECT|K, as well as unique differences that are explored. 

20 September 2023
Author(s): Rachel Bolstad, Nicola Bright
Publication type: Research report

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko, the National Digital Readiness Programme, was a bilingual and bicultural programme designed to support teachers, kaiako, principals, and tumuaki to feel confident and well equipped to be ready to implement the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko (DT & HM) curriculum content that had been added to The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, respectively.

4 July 2023
Author(s): Sophie Watson, Mengnan Li
Publication type: Research report

 As part of the NZCER portfolio of research and evaluation on financial capability in Aotearoa, Te Ara Ahunga Ora wanted to hear the voices of students/ākonga to understand what they think about Sorted in Schools and learning about financial capability.

In this study, junior secondary (Years 9 and 10) ākonga from four English-medium schools were asked about their views about money and financial capability, and their experiences of the Sorted in Schools programme and resources.

10 May 2023
Author(s): Janet Lee, Rosemary Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

Kei tēnā, kei tēnā, kei tēnā anō, a tōnā ake āhua, tōnā ake mauri, tōnā ake mana.
Each and every one has their own uniqueness, life essence, and presence.

The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) was asked to carry out research for the Ministry of Education related to the future of Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) in the context of the National Certificates of Educational Achievement (NCEA).

5 April 2023