ERO reviews of schools and kura

For schools and kura having an ERO review

Read about the purpose of a review and the process here. If you have any questions, please contact your local ERO office.

The timing of return reviews is decided using set criteria.

Review documentation

In the sections below you’ll find links to the documentation you will need before, during and after your review (except for the types of review listed below). These are the:

  • review framework
  • evaluation indicators
  • questionnaire before your review
  • assurance statement
  • handbook of contractual obligations and undertakings
  • questionnaire after your review.

This website has separate pages with information and documents related to reviews of:

Reviews of 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 below under frameworks and evaluation indicators). 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.

Frameworks and evaluation indicators 

ERO’s frameworks for reviews explain the review process in a transparent and easy-to-understand way. The evaluation indicators are used to inform the judgements ERO makes when reviewing. They help school trustees, principals, teachers and others understand the basis for ERO’s judgements.

Please note that ERO has separate processes for reviews of private kura and schools.

State schools and kura (except those that operate in accordance with the principles of Te Aho Matua)

Kura kaupapa Māori that operate in accordance with Te Aho Matua

Ngā Kura a Iwi

Te Maru o Ngā Kura a Iwi and ERO have developed and completed a trial of methodology and indicators for use in Ngā Kura a Iwi. This information is in draft can be accessed by contacting Te Uepū ā-Motu.

Preparing for your review

Important information for all schools

The pre-review questionnaire has been replaced by some reflection questions which have been designed to help you get the most out of your external evaluation. Click here to read more

Assurance statements

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.

State schools

Board-Assurance-Master-November-2016-Final.docx 

Kura kaupapa Māori (except those that operate in accordance with the principles of Te Aho Matua)

Te-Poumarumaru Assurance Statement November 2016.docx

Kura kaupapa Māori that operate in accordance with Te Aho Matua

Whānau-Assurance-Statement-Master-November-2016.docx

Feedback after your review

ERO invites feedback about the review process from schools that have been reviewed in the past year.

We invite each school to submit two questionnaires – one representing the views of the board of trustees (through the chairperson) and one representing the views of staff (through the principal). Or you can choose to submit one questionnaire that represents the collective views of both trustees and staff.

Your feedback will be help us evaluate and refine our review processes.

Please complete the questionnaire online or you can download a copy: 

Post-Review-Questionnaire.docx

Please email completed Word versions of the survey to info@ero.govt.nz or post them to Feedback Questionnaire, Evaluation Services, Education Review Office, Box 2799, WELLINGTON 6140.

If you have any questions about the questionnaire please email info@ero.govt.nz.