Every three years since 2003, the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) has undertaken a national survey of secondary schools. The latest survey shows that schools feel under pressure to meet the increasingly complex needs of students, including mental health issues. Decile 1-2 schools continue to face the deepest challenges in meeting their students’ needs. This is especially evident in relation to student wellbeing. Other major issues on principals’ minds are recruiting quality teachers and having enough funding to meet their school’s needs. 

These are the key findings from NZCER’s latest survey of secondary schools, conducted in August and September 2018. They provide a comprehensive national picture of what is happening in our schools, how things have changed over time, and the impact of policy changes. They also give provide insights into how teachers, principals, trustees, and parents and whānau experience our secondary education system.

You can either download the full report or by sections.

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