Methodology

The evaluation is based on information collected in Term 3, 2014 in 10 schools.

Schools selected for this evaluation were identified by ERO and/or Careers New Zealand as those demonstrating good practice in careers education and guidance. Some were identified through ERO’s 2012 evaluation of careers education and Careers New Zealand had been working closely with others. These schools had high levels of student achievement and engagement.

During their school visits, reviewers identified effective practices based on ERO’s careers education and guidance indicators (see Appendix 5) and findings of earlier ERO reports. Further details about the methodology are in Appendix 6.

Schools includedSeven schools were co-educational, two were girls’ schools and one was a boys’ school. Eight were in main urban areas - five were large and three were middle-sized schools. The two schools in provincial centres were small and had a high percentage of Māori students.

The schools included were:

  • Hutt Valley High School
  • Kelston Girls’ College
  • Lynfield College
  • Makoura College
  • Massey High School
  • Nelson College
  • Otumoetai College
  • Waimea College
  • Wairoa College
  • Wellington East Girls’ College.

Acknowledgements

ERO would like to thank students, teachers and leaders at the 10 schools who made the time to talk to and share their programmes and practices with ERO reviewers.