The Education Review Office (ERO) produces a number of documents that are important to the review process. Some of these documents must be completed by schools and kura before a review, while others explain the process and are resources that your school or kura may find useful before, during and beyond your education review.
All of the review documents for state schools and kura are listed below and can be read and downloaded by clicking on the relevant links.
Frameworks and Evaluation Indicators for ERO Reviews
ERO’s frameworks for reviews explain the review process in a transparent and easy to understand way. The evaluation indicators are a tool used to inform the judgements ERO makes when reviewing. They help school trustees, principals, staff and others understand the basis for ERO’s judgements.
For all state schools and kura that do not operate accordance with the principles of Te Aho Matua.
Framework for School Reviews 2011 (PDF 503 kB)
Evaluation Indicators for Schools March 2011 (PDF 317 kB)
For kura kaupapa Māori that operate in accordance with Te Aho Matua:
Framework for Kura Kaupapa Māori Reviews (English version) (PDF 596 kB)
He Anga mō Te Arotake me Te Aro Mātai i roto i Ngā Kura Kaupapa Māori Te Aho Matua (PDF 671 kB)
Evaluation Indicators for Kura Kaupapa Māori Reviews (PDF 327 kB)
ERO has separate processes for reviews of private kura and schools. More information is available at
Reviews of Private/Independent Schools.
Before the ERO review team comes to your school you will be asked for some information. The pre-review questionnaire must be completed before the review and helps us gather information about you’re your school context and curriculum, your recent self review, what you know about student learning: engagement, progress and achievement, and about the success of Māori and Pacific students at your school.
Pre-review questionnaire for schools 2014 (Word 2007 39 kB)
Before a review ERO asks boards of trustees and whānau of kura kaupapa to complete a statement that assures ERO of its compliance with its legal obligations and official requirements. The
Assurance Statement includes a checklist, which the appropriate body completes and returns to ERO.
Board Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists (Word 2007 123 kB)
Guidelines for completing the Board Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists (PDF 346 kB)
Whānau Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists (Word 2007 131 kB)
Guidelines for completing the Whānau Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists (PDF 512 kB)
ERO reviews 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.
Hostel Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists (Word 2007 43 kB)
Guidelines for completing the Hostels Assurance Statement and Self-Audit Checklists (PDF 119 kB)
Schools and kura with International Students
For schools and kura with international students, ERO reviews schools’ compliance with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. ERO focuses on welfare, accommodation, grievance procedures, monitoring and English language support.
You can read the Code on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website under
Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. The Ministry of Education also has information about the Code on their site under
Exchange Programmes which meet the Code of Practice for International Students.
You can read more information about ERO's review process for schools and kura in the booklet
Getting the most out of your ERO review