Appendix 6: Further information about the methodolgy

Review process

Two reviewers visited each school and interviewed key people, such as:

  • the principal (or deputy/assistant principal) to find out the big picture of how careers education fits into the school - any links with the strategic directions of the school, and how the school develops and reviews their careers education provision
  • deputy principals - pastoral and curriculum about links between their areas and careers education and guidance and oversight of careers education and guidance in the senior management team
  • careers adviser/careers head of department about how careers education and guidance (CEG) is delivered
  • teachers that deliver CEG - both subject teachers (eg social sciences, English, transition) and mentor/tutor teachers
  • Gateway/STAR coordinator
  • people with responsibility for Maori and Pacific students - and links with CEG
  • some students about their experience and understanding of CEG.

Reviewers also read documents that showed planning for CEG, set out expectations for teachers, and showed student work. These included:

  • charter, strategic plan and plans to develop CEG
  • plan for delivering careers education and guidance across the school
  • management documents that describe how career education will be included in curriculum areas
  • guidance for subject teachers on including CEG
  • guidance for mentor/tutor teachers that includes CEG
  • resources, including those related to assessing Career management competencies
  • subject choice booklets
  • student learning/career plans
  • reviews of career education and outcomes for students
  • reports to the board about CEG.

Schools included

 

Location

Roll

Decile range

Schools

Main urban

over 1500

5-8

Hutt Valley High, Lynfield College, Massey High, Otumoetai College, Waimea College

Main urban

800-1200

3-8

Kelston Girls, Nelson College, Wellington East Girls

Provincialcentre

300, 500

2

Makoura College, Wairoa College