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ERIC Number: ED565319
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 73
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-927151-93-8
Secondary Schools in 2012: Main Findings from the NZCER National Survey
Wylie, Cathy
New Zealand Council for Educational Research
This report contains the main findings from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research's (NZCER's) 2012 national survey of secondary schools. The survey draws on responses from more than half the country's secondary school principals and from hundreds of teachers, parents and members of boards of trustees, and was carried out in July and August 2012. It is part of a national survey series conducted by NZCER since 1989 to track issues and trends across the education system. The report discusses the views of principals, teachers, trustees and parents on a range of issues from funding and staffing levels, to NCEA, technology in schools and workload. Key findings include: (1) Two-thirds of schools report a worse financial year in 2012 than 2011; (2) Some schools say they are spending more on marketing and property than they would like in order to compete for students; (3) While most principals and teachers say they enjoy their jobs, morale has slipped since 2009; (4) Decile 1 and 2 schools stand out as facing issues related to funding, student achievement, behaviour and motivation, and attracting and retaining good teachers; and (5) More than half the principals were concerned about the adequacy of their information technology and Internet access. Teachers were enthusiastic about the potential for IT for student learning but more than half said use of IT in classrooms was curtailed by slow or unreliable equipment or access. Appendices include: (1) Characteristics and representativeness of respondent groups; (2) Principal and trustee views of the role of local Ministry of Education offices; and (3) Issues facing their schools. [The national surveys are funded by the Ministry of Education through its purchase agreement with NZCER.]
New Zealand Council for Educational Research. P.O. Box 3237, Wellington 6140 New Zealand. Tel: +64-4384-7939; Fax: +64-4384-7933; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Ministry of Education (New Zealand)
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand