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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

Education Review Office (ERO) report that discusses case studies from ten New Zealand secondary schools 

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Five boys' schools and five co-ed schools were 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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