what is primary education
At primary level, children are placed in a wide variety of learning situations. They are usually based in one classroom and may join with other classes for some activities. Class sizes vary but are generally smaller in the junior school. The primary school day typically begins at 9.00am and finishes at 3.00pm, with breaks mid-morning, lunchtime and occasionally mid-afternoon.
New Zealand families can choose between state and state-integrated schools funded by government, or private schools, which charge fees.
Our work in primary education research (ages 4-11) explores the acquisition of skills and capabilities, such as oral language and communication, literacy and numeracy skills, digital skills and social and emotional development.
We want to help address the shortage of teachers through funding research that examines the factors affecting recruitment, retention and professional development.