ERO reviews schools and kura on average every three years. Timing of return reviews is decided using set criteria.
Review reports go to boards of trustees and are published on ERO’s website so parents and others can read them.
Note - reviews for private/independent schools are undertaken differently from those for state schools and kura.
Is your school or kura having an ERO review?
Before your next review ERO will give your school/kura more detailed information. If you have any queries, please contact your local ERO office. We welcome your comments and advice. During reviews ERO also collects information on national education topics. This information is brought together and analysed so it can be published in a national report. These reports are published on ERO’s website.
Has your school had a review this year?
Reviewing state and state-integrated schools
The process for school reviews is explained in the booklet Framework for School Reviews (PDF 329 kB) Note - this framework does not apply to private/independent schools.
Reviewing Māori medium kura
Māori medium kura are reviewed by Te Uepū ā-Motu, ERO’s Māori Review Services team. ERO publishes its reports on these kura in te reo Māori and in English. ERO and Te Rūnanga Nui o Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori have developed a review process for Te Aho Matua kura, and special review material is available (see right). Hard copies are available from email@example.com . For other kura, including kura ā-iwi, kura Māori, and kura motuhake, the review coordinator will discuss the scope of the review at the beginning of the process.
Reviewing private/independent schools
ERO’s reviews of privately owned schools are different from those undertaken for state and state-integrated schools, and for kura.
ERO reviews all school hostels to evaluate if students accommodated in the hostel are living in a safe emotional and physical environment that supports learning. Hostel reviews are undertaken as part of ERO reviews of applicable schools. Where students enrolled in a school are living in a hostel the school board of trustees or school governors have a responsibility for providing a safe emotional and physical environment for these students.
The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets out standards for the pastoral care of students from other countries who attend New Zealand schools. ERO reviews schools’ compliance with the Code, focusing on welfare, accommodation, grievance procedures, monitoring and English language support. The Ministry of Education administers the Code.