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The New Zealand Curiculum Online - Success for boys.

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Success for boys is a subsection of New Zealand Curiculum Online.

ERO case studies

Boys’ education: Good practice in secondary school

This Education Review Office (ERO) report discusses case studies from 10 New Zealand secondary schools (five boys' and five co-ed schools) selected on the basis of good student achievement, their ERO reports, and their pastoral care strategies.

Key strengths shared by these schools included:

  • high-quality staff and student leadership
  • a positive school culture with a strong focus on positive image
  • relevant teaching and learning contexts
  • constructive relationships.

Key challenges for the schools included:

  • meeting the needs of a small percentage of disengaged boys, many of whom were from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • supporting Māori and Pasifika boys
  • strengthening some aspects of literacy teaching, and
  • undertaking useful analyses of student achievement.

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