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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
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