Foreword

The Education Review Office (ERO) is an independent government department that reviews the performance of New Zealand’s schools and early childhood services, and reports publicly on what it finds.

The whakataukī of ERO demonstrates the importance we place on the educational achievement of our children and young people:

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa

The Child – the Heart of the Matter

In our daily work we have the privilege of going into early childhood services and schools, giving us a current picture of what is happening throughout the country.

We collate and analyse this information so that it can be used to benefit the education sector and, therefore, the children in our education system. ERO’s reports contribute sound information for work undertaken to support the Government’s policies.

The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs has been working with 25 secondary schools with a high Pacific roll to help with achievement and share good practice. Together these schools account for approximately half of all Pacific secondary students in New Zealand. In this report ERO looks at the success of these schools in catering for their Pacific students. The focus is on five key factors identified in previous ERO reports and their presence in the five most successful schools in this study.

The five factors were setting targets for achievement of Pacific learners, helping teachers to engage culturally with Pacific learners, monitoring student achievement, mentoring individual students, and establishing partnerships with parents and the community. Successful delivery in education relies on many people and organisations across the community working together for the benefit of children and young people. We trust the information in ERO’s evaluations will help them in their work.

Diana Anderson Chief Review Officer (Acting)

Education Review Office