Faculty of Education and Social Work


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The Starpath Project

Hapaitia te ara tika pumau ai te rangatiratanga mo nga uri whakatipu - foster the pathway of knowledge to strength, independence and growth for future generations.

Starpath is a pioneering research project focused on equitable outcomes for New Zealand students who have been under-represented in tertiary education.

Starpath is based at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work. It uses an evidence-based approach to help transform patterns of educational achievement in New Zealand secondary schools. In 2016 the project moved into Phase Three of its work, which concentrates on a small number of schools in Northland and Auckland, promoting opportunities to learn and targeting the academic progress of students towards the University Entrance qualification.

  • About us

    Starpath is the first rigorous research project looking into the impacts of socio-economic status on educational achievement in New Zealand.

  • Our people

    The Starpath team consists of a group of leading educational quantitative and qualitative researchers.

  • Starpath Toolkit

    View our online resource for secondary schools implementing Starpath’s strategies.

  • Publications

    Download and purchase a range of Starpath publications, journal articles, case studies and annual reports.

  • Contact us

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News and events


Read the latest Starpath Newsletter 
An overview of Starpath news, happenings and events from January to August 2016.

Starpath launches Toolkit to raise student achievement

The Starpath Project has launched an online Toolkit to assist New Zealand secondary schools to raise student achievement and aspirations.

Te Puna Wānanga & Starpath present 2016 joint seminars - Educational research: New ideas for complex times

Rawiri Hindle; Professor Alison Jones; Dr Melinda Webber; Glenys Daniell; Dr Peter J Keegan, Dr Catherine I. Watson and Kataraina Bruce; David Fa’avae; Associate Professor Tony Trinick and PLD team and Siliva Gaugatao.

University to fund Starpath in 2016-2017 

Starpath is pleased to announce it is to recieve funding for a further two years to continue its work to raise student achievement in low decile schools.