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

    Phone, email or contact us by post.

News and events


UE key to educational equality

Read an opinion piece written by Starpath Director Dr Melinda Webber on Newsroom. In it she discusses the distinct lack of emphasis on UE as the end-goal for secondary school students in lower decile schools.

Advice for NCEA students at exam time

Starpath's Tania Linley-Richardson has a strong message for senior school students in these last days before nationwide exams begin – ‘short term pain for long term gain’!

In the media
Starpath talks to the New Zealand Herald about why "Maori, Pasifika and low-decile students are getting a different kind of NCEA to students from more affluent, Pakeha and Asian backgrounds". From 26 September 2016.

Read the latest Starpath Newsletter 
An overview of Starpath news, happenings and events. June 2017.

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.

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.