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The New Zealand Curiculum Online - Success for boys.

Success for Boys navigation

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

Success factors

Raising the success of boys in your school can begin with existing success factors: What are the already-established practices that have a significant effect on the success of your boys?

After you have acknowledged what you are already doing well, consider the gaps: What would provide other opportunities for boys to engage in their learning and achieve to their potential?

Then, engage with your community. Find out what community members have to say about the most appropriate success factors. Develop a shared commitment to lifting the engagement and achievement of boys in your school.


Quick tips to help you look at success factors for boys in your school:

  • Identify some success indicators.
  • See how your boys measure up in areas such as truancy, stand-downs, suspensions, participation, literacy, numeracy, and qualification attainment.
  • Listen and talk with the boys at about their concerns and hopes for the future.
  • Talk with teachers and curriculum leaders about effective strategies to engage boys in learning.
  • Talk with families and whānau about how their boys are doing and what they want them to achieve. 


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External links

Education Counts - Success for Boys research

Boys’ Achievement: A Synthesis of the Data (2007)

This report focuses on boys’ participation, engagement, and achievement at different levels of education. 

NZCER Online Survey

An online entry point to surveys developed by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). 

Me and My School:

  • gives schools more robust and systematic information about student engagement
  • probes students' attitudes, moods, and feelings towards school, teachers, peers, and their learning.

Teacher workplace survey:

  • Anonymous, research-based, easy-to-administer online survey. 

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