1. How do I find a report for a school or early childhood service on ERO's website?
On the home page type the full name or relevant part of the name of the school or centre in the keyword box and click on 'Search'. If you need to refine your search (you may get too many confusing results, or the name may be a common one, or has a common word in it such as 'street' or 'high') try putting double quotation marks each side of the full name eg "Wellington High School". If you know the Ministry of Education profile or licence number you can use this as a key word. Several early childhood services may have the same company name (eg Kiwicare or Lollipops) so you will need the suburb, street or profile number to make sure you get the right report.
2. How often are schools and early childhood centres reviewed?
ERO reviews early childhood services about every three years.
Most schools and kura are reviewed on average once every three years. Reviews are undertaken more frequently (within two years) where the performance of a school or kura is poor and there are risks to the education and safety of the students. ERO may schedule a review in four-to-five years in schools or kura that have a stable ERO reporting history and demonstrate competence in using self-review to improve the teaching and learning of students. Please visit this page in the ERO website for more information.
3. Why can't I find the report on a school/centre that has recently been reviewed?
After the ERO review team has left the school or centre, the 'unconfirmed' report is written and sent to the school within four weeks. The board or management committee then has three weeks to write back to ERO with comments on the report findings. After any comments have been considered, the report is then 'confirmed'. Occasionally this takes longer. ERO does not make the report public for a further two weeks after the report has been confirmed.
4. What is a decile ranking or rating?
The Ministry of Education uses a decile rating (ranking) system for school funding purposes. Each decile contains approximately 10% of schools. Schools in decile 1 have the highest proportion of students from low socio-economic backgrounds. Schools in decile 10 have the lowest proportion of these students.
5. How do I find out the decile rating of a particular school?
For a list of all school deciles, please visit this page on the Ministry of Education's website.
6. How do I find the names and addresses of schools in a particular area?
For a list of addresses of all NZ educational institutions, please visit this page on the Ministry of Education's website.
7. How do I find out the zoning rules for a particular school?
To find out the zoning rules for a particular school, please contact either the school itself or the local Ministry of Education Office.
8. How do I find out about immigrating to New Zealand to teach?
To find out more about living and teaching in New Zealand, please visit the TeachNZ website.
9. How do I find out about studying in New Zealand as an international student?
To find out more about studying in New Zealand as an international student, please visit the Education New Zealand website.
10. How do I find out how the New Zealand school system is organised?
For more information about the New Zealand school system, please visit the Ministry of Education's website.