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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
Author(s): Nicola Bright, Keita Durie, Renee Tuifagalele, Taniora Robinson
Publication type: Research report

Ngā whai painga o Te Ao Haka: The positive impacts of Te Ao Haka for ākonga, whānau, and kaiako is a kaupapa Māori research study from Te Wāhanga. It set out to understand what benefits and changes can occur for ākonga Māori, whānau, and kaiako when a subject such as Te Ao Haka—that is grounded in te ao Māori and centres Māori culture, language and identity, knowledge systems, and iwi traditions—has mana ōrite or equal status within NCEA and The New Zealand Curriculum.

3 February 2023
Author(s): Hana Turner-Adams, Sheridan McKinley, Rachel Bolstad
Publication type: Research report

Springboard Trust is a not-for-profit organisation providing professional learning and development to tumuaki in schools. Their flagship PLD is the Strategic Leadership for Principals Programme (SLPP) – a 10-month course that sees school principals partner with a cross-sector volunteer to learn the fundamentals of strategic leadership, stakeholder engagement and how these apply to a school setting.

15 December 2022
Author(s): Mohamed Alansari, Mengnan Li, Sally Boyd
Publication type: Research summary

Every three years, Rangahau Mātauranga o Aotearoa / New Zealand Council for Educational Research conducts the National Survey of Schools. In our most recent survey, we asked teachers and principals about everything from workload and wellbeing to the latest innovations in the classroom, providing a comprehensive summary of the state of our schools.  

This series of research briefs highlights factors that can support teachers to thrive and that will create positive experiences in the school environment.  

14 December 2022
Author(s): Jo MacDonald, Nicola Bright, Mohamed Alansari, Mengnan Li
Publication type: Research report

Sorted in Schools, Te whai hua – kia ora is a financial capability programme for secondary school students in English-medium (EME) and Māori-medium (MME) education settings. The programme aims to equip all young New Zealanders for their financial future. The first resources were piloted in 2018, and schools and kura started to use the Years 9 and 10 resources in 2019. Senior secondary resources for Years 11–13 were launched in June 2020.

6 December 2022
Author(s): Jo MacDonald, Renee Tuifagalele, Nicola Bright
Publication type: Research report

Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission received funding from the Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP) to build the financial capability for 1,200 Pacific households, with a focus on pathways to home ownership. The aim is to equip Pacific households with the financial capability skills and resilience to work towards home ownership and cope with economic shocks such as COVID-19.

6 December 2022
Author(s): Linda Bonne, Rose Hipkins
Publication type: Research report

This paper was commissioned to explore curriculum levelling in the Science and Mathematics and Statistics learning areas of The New Zealand Curriculum to support decisions about the need for greater curriculum clarity, especially around progression. 

It was co-authored by Rose Hipkins MZNM of NZCER and Linda Bonne (now at Te Herenga Waka), at the request of the Ministry of Education. 

28 November 2022
Author(s): Esther Smaill, Charles Darr
Publication type: Research report

In February 2020, the Ministry of Education asked the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) to examine the curriculum-levelling construct that sits at the heart of The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC).

28 November 2022
Author(s): Mary Chamberlain, Charles Darr, Rose Hipkins, Sheridan McKinley, Hineihaea Murphy, Claire Sinnema
Publication type: Research report

Determining How Learning is Progressing – Options for Calibrating Teacher Judgements builds on an earlier paper that outlines the case for a bicultural progression-focused curriculum.

It discusses ways to support teacher, ākonga, and whānau decision-making about how learning is progressing. The paper also explores how to build bridges between the intentions expressed by a bicultural progression-focused curriculum, assessment, and classroom practice.

28 November 2022